Networks1st Update: Friday 13th April 2012

The Just Enterprise Programme ( ) is approaching the end of its first year – but is still keen to hear from SEN members who are looking to grow and develop sustainable streams of income. The Programme offers a range of support including: a telephone advisory service; one to one development support; business consultancy; as well as a range of workshops, learning programmes and leadership courses available across Scotland. For more, see

Two Sport SEN members are in the news this week. First, David Duke (CEO at Street Soccer Scotland) has been crowned winner of The Change Makers, a competition run in partnership by Community Channel and The Sunday Times see  Secondly, The Space venue based in East Lothian will be used for a UK wide sports competition on 14th April. The event will include BMX biking, skateboarding, inline skating and a video contest. Congratulations to both. See

The Voluntary Code of Practice for Social Enterprise in Scotland (The Code) is now attracting a good level of interest since its launch on 27th March. 25 organisations have now registered as either ‘subscribers’ or ‘supporters’. We’ll be adding names to the register on a regular basis. If you’d like your own organisation to sign up, see  Remember – to sign up as a ‘subscriber’, you’ll require two sponsors.

An aspect of working with Scottish Govt is that your ‘points of contact’ move on. It’s the way the civil service operates. An exception to this has been Geoff Pope. Geoff has been with the Third Sector Division – in its different guises – for over 9 years but is now moving on to the Govt’s International Division. He was around as our social enterprise community began to emerge and has been a constant presence (and ally) as it has developed and grown over the years. Good luck with your new adventures, Geoff. See,

Last week we mentioned that we recently hosted a study visit from Dana Jurman from Split in Croatia. Dana has been asked to write a piece for The Guardian online giving her views on her visit and observations on social enterprise in Scotland, see

Senscot have two free tickets up for grabs for the "Be Good Be Social" social media event, see If you’re interested, contact Tickets will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Senscot Legal is now into its second year of trading. During this time, it has been involved in the setting up of over 30 SCIOs. However, last week saw it complete its first SCIO conversion – on behalf of West Lothian Financial Inclusion Network – where an organisation converts from being an unincorporated charity to becoming a SCIO.  This ‘conversion’ process can be quite protracted (between 4-6 months), so if any SEs or third sector orgs are interested in doing something similar and could do with some assistance, contact


TENDERS: This weeks tenders include Young Entrepreneurs Business Boot Camp Start and Growth Programme, Collection and Recycling of Household Items in Glasgow, Feasibility Study: Youth employment & training opportunities within the National Park and Provision of a Street Market in Dundee City Centre. For more details, see  Join the Linked-In group at  nd follow on Twitter

TRAINING: Meet the Buyer – Supplier Development Programme will again bring over 30 public and private sector buyers at one free event in Edinburgh. The buyers will be on hand to answer your questions and meet as many potential suppliers as possible. Find out how you can make the most of tendering opportunities with representatives from local authorities, emergency services and other publicly funded bodies are already confirmed. See

TRAINING: Good Food Good Health –  The REHIS / Cyrenians Good Food Good Health course trains individuals to run cooking classes. The next two day course will take place on Tues. 29th May and Wed. 30th May in Edinburgh. For full info see

INFORMATION: The Glad Rag magazine which was the brainchild of one of the Glad Café’s volunteers, Dan Bryant, recently launched its inaugural edition. After Dan’s untimely passing the launch was a fitting night to celebrate his enormous talents and capacity for love and friendship. See

SURVEY: The North-East’s Third Sector is continuing to perform well, despite additional pressure from ongoing economic uncertainty, according to a survey published by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce which was supported by Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations. See

Case Study: Broxburn United Sports Club (Sports SEN)

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Dates for the Diary

Edinburgh SEN, 17th Apr
Community Food SEN, 24th April
Health SEN, 8th May
Inverclyde SEN, 9th May
Fife SEN, 9th May
Dundee SEN, 9th May
DGSEN, 10th May
Sport SEN Conference, 21 June (Glasgow)



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