Networks1st Update: Friday 13th August 2010

Over the last week, we’ve been liaising with SENs on their progress with the Single Interfaces and in accessing the up and coming SVA Learning events. Feedback suggests 11 SENs are looking to participate or have been in discussion and are abreast of what’s going on (see Places are still available for events in the Borders and Aberdeen (Glasgow and Dundee are fully booked) and SVA tell us they’ll make every effort to ensure that those SEN members who wish to attend are able to do so. We’ve also put together some comments/pointers to note on some of the important issues, in our view, that SENs need consider re last week’s letter from Scottish Govt.(See, The next question to address is what happens in the local authority areas where there is no SEN or identified social enterprise representative?

In October, Health SEN members will be participating in a Study Visit to Salford to look at
a number of health social enterprises in the area. Over the last couple of years, the UK Govt has invested large sums of money in developing social enterprises in the field of health and social care. One of initiatives they have been promoting is the ‘Right to Request’ which gives frontline staff the right ask their local provider, such as a primary care trust, to set up a social enterprise to provide services. There are mixed views in Scotland as to whether or not this is something that the Scottish Govt should consider importing up here. Here’s some info on the latest tranche of new social enterprises being set up under this initiative. See
Borders SEN member, Bosco Santimano writes to inform us of the launch his impressive, new website – .  As well as having a very natty website, You Can Cook also organises cookery classes, demonstrations and workshops on nutrition and food related issues all over Scotland.
READYforBUSINESS: As part of the Ready for Business programme which support social enterprise participation in public sector contracts, CEiS are looking for social enterprises that provide either property maintenance services or removal and storage services and who may be interested in participating in public sector procurement opportunities. If you organisation provides either of these services please contact Roddy Stewart at CEiS
GRANT: The Food Processing Marketing and Co-Operation Grant Scheme was launched in March 2008 by The Scottish Government. The scheme is part of Scotland’s Rural Development Programme and will run until 2013. The scheme covers agricultural produce only, for more info see
YOUTH OUTREACH: Firstport and Scotland UnLtd are looking for young entrepreneurs in selected areas across the country with innovative ideas that will make a positive difference to people and communities!  We will be making two £500 awards in each area based on two different categories.  For more info see

MARKETS: Have you got something to sell?  Then bring it along to Claverhouse Social Enterprise Saturday Market from Saturday the 21st of August onwards from 9.30am until 3.00pm.  Pitches are only available to non-profit making organisations.  More info see

MENTORING: At the Realise Mentoring programme you can access free, confidential mentoring support from experienced mentors with expertise in the areas of greatest interest to you. Whether it’s winning new contracts, managing cultural change or developing your organisation’s sustainability, we can match you with the right mentor for your needs. See more

EVENTS: Association of Community Health Partnerships Annual Conference to take place on the 9th/10th September 2010 at Crutherland House Hotel, East Kilbride.  See programme here

CTA Scotland Conference 2010 to take place on 7th/8th September at Stirling Management Centre, Stirling University Keynote Speaker: Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure & Climate Change see more

Case Study: Angus SEN

The Angus SEN began to meet in Sept 2009 when the Tayside SEN separated into Dundee, Perth and Angus.  Since then the group has met regularly and developed relationships both between members and partner organisations.

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Dates for the Diary

Ayrshire SEN, 17th August
Dumfries and Galloway SEN 19th August
Clacks SEN, 24th August
Edinburgh SEN, 25th August
Fife SEN, 26th August
Sports SEN, 31st August
Aberdeen SEN, 31st August
Dundee SEN, 1st September
Social Enterprise Ceilidh, 18-19th November


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