Networks1st Update: Friday 14th June 2013

After 8 great years at New Lanark, this year’s SE Conference and Ceilidh will be taking place at the Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld. We’ve set the dates for 14th/15th November. This year, we’re hoping to run the event in closer association with Social Firms Scotland (SFS) and Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) – as part of our Supporting Social Enterprise (SSE) Alliance. The event will, as always, focus on the work of the SENs and getting a blend of the thematic and local activity. Whilst we’re sad to be leaving New Lanark, holding the event at Westerwood gives scope for more folk attending. We plan to have a draft programme available by the end of June and will open for bookings over the summer.

In recent months, Karina MacRitchie (Senscot Legal) has attended Dundee SEN and Falkirk TSI, offering free legal surgeries to their members. These visits have been very well received with a number of organisations commissioning Senscot Legal to carry out work for them. Senscot Legal provides affordable and accessible legal services to social enterprises and third sector organisations – and is itself a social enterprise. If you are interested in finding about more about the legal surgeries or Senscot Legal’s services generally, see or contact

Sarah’s been out meeting cultural and creative organisations over the last couple of weeks. Visits have included the Traditional Boat Festival, North East Arts Touring Company, Auchindrain and Kilmartin House.  Despite location, each of these organisations are facing similar challenges of sustainability, visitor numbers and working with funders.  CCSEN is meeting in Strathpeffer on 27th June to discuss some of these challenges and to start to develop the network in the north – if you are interested in attending or getting involved with the Network, contact

On the 6th June, we held our first Community Food Roundtable – with the aim of refocusing the Community Food SEN with clearer objectives and steering from the Roundtable.  Highlighted opportunities in community food include – partnership working, creating consortium for contracts, Commonwealth Games & Legacy 2014, celebrating health and food, Ryder Cup, PSP exploration and support. Danielle is also creating an online resource page and would welcome any useful community food resources that should be included – contact . Last week, we mentioned the new Community Food Fund, which closes on the 24th June but will run again in September, see

In 2009 the Scottish Government, COSLA, SOLACE (Scotland) and SCVO signed a Joint Statement to improve working relationships between local government and the third sector. Key to this agreement was that "As a general rule funders will aim to take a 3-year approach to both grant and contract funding". SCVO is now carrying out a survey to assess progress with this. To participate, see

The Big Lottery (Scotland) is exploring the extent of social investment finance available to social enterprises in Scotland – from sources within and outwith Scotland. It’d be a big help if you could take 5 mins to complete this survey. See,


TENDERS: Recovery, Reuse and Recycling of Household Bulky Waste for North Ayrshire Council and Newmains Community Hub. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

ARTICLE: The Glasgow Bike Station has been featured in a Cycling World Magazine article, ‘Life of a bi..cycle, recycled’. The article is a ‘storyboard’ of the lifecycle of a donated bike from when it is first donated through to when it is sold. See,

ALLIANCE: An innovative alliance has been launched in Scotland to help people with long-term health conditions find paid work. The Work4ME co-operative has joined forces with the leading social enterprise Timewise Jobs to help people living with a disabling condition to tackle the barriers they face in finding suitable jobs in which they can flourish and progress. See,

FUNDING: ScotRail has launched a £100,000 fund which will help communities across Scotland. The ScotRail Foundation will distribute grants to groups that support children or young people – and/or improve the environment or general health of communities. Groups can apply for grants of between £250 and £5,000. See,

CROWDFUNDING: The Firstport founders fund has been set up to allow social entrepreneurs an opportunity to give back and enable the next generation of social entrepreneurs to get started. The Fund will raise money through donations on a crowdfunding platform to award one budding young entrepreneur the seed funding needed to get a social enterprise idea off the ground. See,

Case Study: Health and Social Enterprise

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Dates for the Diary

Edinburgh SEN, 19th June
South Lanarkshire SEN – 21st June
West Lothian SEN – Policy Event, 21st June
Stirlingshire SEN, 26th June
Start-Up SEN, 17th July
Moray SEN, 7th August
Fife SEN, 20th August
Edinburgh SEN, 23rd July


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