Networks1st Update: Friday 14th May 2010

Further to last week’s story on the Future Jobs Fund, Pauline Douglas (Coalfields Regeneration Trust) reminds us that the Fife and Clackmannanshire SEN posts are part of a successful bid managed by the CRT, which has the added benefit of extending the initial 6 months place to 12 months in total. In a similar vein, a partnership lead by Argyll Training is set to deliver 35 employment opportunities via social enterprises across Argyll.  Additional funding from Leader and Wider Role will extend the duration to 40 weeks.  The first 3 young people started at the end of March with Campbelltown Community Organic Garden

Eight SEN’s are now involved in local Single Interfaces (SI) in their various guises. Not all areas have reached an agreement but, where they have awareness of social enterprise is being raised with other SI partners and, importantly, within the Community Planning Partnerships. Information from the SEN Vital Stats Survey ( on the scale, diversity and economic contribution of social enterprises within their local areas is also having an increasing impact as the capacity of social enterprises to deliver on the Scottish Govt`s Compact begins to register with the CPPs across Scotland. Let us know how you are getting on in your area. Contact

Diane will be attending the 3rd Commonwealth Sports Development Conference in Glasgow on 3rd – 4th June 2010. As well as being an excellent networking opportunity, there are a number of workshops and speakers from all over the Commonwealth.  The programme focus is on ‘Sport for Development’ covering topics which are close to the hearts of many in this sector including delivering personal & social development, and long term sustainability. Read more about the conference and download the programme at


CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES – In ReadyforBusiness this week: Moray Council looking for a contractor to manage its Citizens Panel; Renfrewshire Council looking for a provider of support services for homeless people residing in short stay accommodation. More 

INFORMATION – The Single Point of Enquiry (SPoE) has been set up to provide suppliers to public sector or publicly funded bodies with an impartial point of contact where they can ask for advice or raise concerns about public procurement practices in Scotland. 

EVENT: Meet the Buyer, June 10th 2010, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow. Supported by Business Scotland, the Supplier Development Programme is hosting its 5th annual Meet the Buyer event. Meet The Buyer gives your business the opportunity to meet the buying personnel from over 35 major public sector organisations. Every sector is represented with buyers interested in all types of services and products. More details 

Social Enterprise in Schools Awards, 9 June 2010. This year’s event will take place on Wednesday 9 June 2010 at the Oran Mor in the West End of Glasgow and will run from 11.30 – 1.30pm. Mr John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth will present the Awards. More details 

3rd Annual ScotWeb2 Event – If you are interested in how citizens, business and the public sector might interact more using the web, work with young people or wish to learn more about the inter-active web, then do come to the ScotWeb2 event at TMP on June 11th.  For more information see

TRAINING: Major Incident Training Course, Thursday 22nd July and Thursday 18th August. This one day training course is aimed at preparing  HR/Occupational Health Managers, Senior Local Authority & Health Managers/Mental Health Practitioners, Faith Leaders or others who may be deployed to, or manage major incidents and business continuity. More information

Case Study: Dumfries and Galloway

Set up in 2006, Dumfries & Galloway Social Enterprise Network covers an extensive region in the South West of Scotland. Due to the large distances involved and the time it takes to travel around the Dumfries & Galloway SEN meets in the Town Hall in Castle Douglas, seen as the most central point for all. In May 2006, the LSEP hosted a conference to discuss the potential for a Social Enterprise Network for Dumfries & Galloway. Senscot and Fife based community transport company Mobus, (founder members of the first Local Social Enterprise Network) were invited to give a presentation on the benefits of Local Social Enterprise Networks.

For the full case study see:

Dates for the Diary

Aberdeen SEN, 18th May
Dundee SEN, 19th May
Perth SEN, 25th May
Creative Social Enterprise Conference, 26th May
Inverclyde SEN, 18th June
Sport SEN, 23rd June
Borders SEN, 29th July