Networks1st Update: Friday 13th May 2011

As everyone catches their breath again after last week’s dramatic election results, it is interesting to ponder their impact on SEN members and the wider social enterprise community. Amongst the highlights of the SNP Manifesto for community/social enterprises, but not picked up by many observers, was the proposed introduction of a Sustainable Procurement Bill – When introduced, this bill will build on SNP`s previous support and encouragement of community benefit clauses and clarify the legislative framework for procurement decisions and support the greater use of social and environmental benefit clauses. With luck, this will prove a significant breakthrough for social enterprises across the country.

In 2006, Senscot and Highland and Islands Enterprise put together a `Who’s Who` Guide to social enterprise in Scotland and the UK. Together, we have refreshed this document (a 2011 version). The Guide’s aim is to act not only as a guide for people new to the sector, but also as an aide memoire for `old hands’. Some gaps still exist while we await developments with regards to contracts and new legislation (both in Scotland and England). We’ll update the Guide as and when these come into the public domain. See Guide,

On Monday (16th), we welcome Sarah Cameron as our newest member of staff. Sarah is coming from CRNS and, no doubt, will already be familiar to many of you. Whilst it’ll take a couple of weeks for Sarah to get into the swing of things, she’ll initially be picking up the SENs that Anna was involved with – namely Aberdeen, Dundee, Fife, Edinburgh, Stirling, Moray and, possibly, Coalfields. She’ll be making her `SEN debut` on Wednesday in Dundee. If you’d like to get in touch, you can contact her on
Talking of Anna, she was in touch this week. It seems things are pretty hectic (in a good way)…….. and she’s also says she’s getting a nice tan!


TRAINING: DSC has a 1 day training course coming up called ‘How to Raise Money from Trusts` on 25th May at COSLA, Rosebery House, 9 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5XZ.  See here for more details regarding booking details and prices
CVS have a programme of courses running May/June 2011 including Introduction to Counselling Skills, The Art of Marketing, Fit for Funding and Elementary Food Hygiene.  See here for more details and how to book
Positive Action in Housing have two training courses coming up, Cultural Awareness (25th May) & Mental Health Awareness (9th June).  See here for course details and how to book
WANTED: Facilitators are needed for a range of engaging and practical make and taste cookery workshops. The aim is to enable Fife residents to purchase and cook with fresh, seasonal, local produce.  See more details

Case Study: Sport SEN

The Sport Social Enterprise Network came into being in 2005, with the first meeting at the Bell’s Sport Centre in Perth. This led to two major events at Airth Castle by Falkirk, hosted by Senscot with the support of Penny Lochhead and the Bank of Scotland.

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Dundee SEN, 18th May
Borders SEN, 19th May
Inverclyde SEN, 20th May
Stirlingshire SEN, 23rd May
Social Enterprise & Sport Conference, 1st June
D&G SEN, Procurement Event, 7th June
Edinburgh SEN, 7th June
Ayrshire SEN, 8th June
Community & Food SEN, 29th June



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