Networks1st Update: Friday 14th October 2011

The 2011 Ceilidh is now officially full. We can accommodate additional ‘day delegates’ but in terms of staying over night – all rooms are now booked. Today is also the deadline for Dragons’ Den entries – 12 applications as of 5pm yesterday. 5 will be selected for the ‘Den’. This year’s Den is also being promoted through Borders SEN members, SoLoCo. See, Last year, an additional £750 was raised through crowd funding. This year, with your help, we’re aiming for £1,000. We’ve also finalised our programme. We’ll add to this over the coming weeks. See,

This week, a ‘joint letter’ from Senscot, Social Firms Scotland, SSEC and Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) was circulated to all Interfaces. The gist of the letter was to emphasise that facilitating the active involvement of social enterprises is a requirement for every Interface. Hopefully, this paves the way for a more productive relationship between the SE community and local Interfaces. See ‘joint letter’,

VAS also circulated a survey, this week, to all Interfaces. Its intention is to gather views and experiences from the Interfaces on four specific topics: Interface Funding; Social Enterprise engagement; Change Fund for Older People’s Services; and Ownership of MILO. Obviously for those SENs actively engaged in Interfaces, it will be important that you have an opportunity to contribute to questionnaire. See,

Fife SEN member, BRAG Enterprises tells us about the success of one of their ‘Motivate to Innovate’ participants who has attracted national media coverage with their wind powered van – the first in the UK. Lynne Ogilvie runs Fife Shopping and Support Services (FS&SS), delivering groceries and pensions to the elderly across Fife. See more,

The Social Enterprise Academy ( ) has provided learning programmes to over 1200 people across Scotland over the last 12 months. This has included bespoke programmes for 3 SENs – Dumfries and Galloway; East Lothian; and Dundee. We met with the Academy this week to look at future programmes. If your SEN would be interested in such a programme, contact

Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) is inviting applications from organisations/employers looking to create jobs up until March 2012.The deadline for all employer applications is next Friday  – 21st October 2011 (at noon). SSEC, who jointly run the programme with SCVO, is hopeful that a number of their member organisations (and SEN members) will be able to take part, at a local level, as part of a wider supply chain. For more, see


TENDERS:  There are live tender opportunities on the Ready for Business website including tender for the supply of community mediation service in Angus; Youth Counselling in Schools Service; Uplift of household furniture & goods from houses of those threatened with homelessness within Aberdeen City; and Design & Build Contract for the Installation of Photovoltaic Solar Panels in Orkney. For more info, see

INTRA-TRADING: A new option to highlight training that is being sought or can be delivered by network members has been added. A social enterprise in Edinburgh has placed a request for Basic Food Hygiene Training. Can any of the network members offer this training? Log on to / Register with the intra-trading website or contact for further details, see

EVENTS: Holyrood Communities Conference at the Scottish Parliament on Saturday 29th October.  The Communities Conference is aimed at local, community based, voluntary and charity sector organisations and other civic groups. Importantly, we aim to engage with local groups who do not normally appear on the parliamentary radar.  See more,

Following on from the success of their Dragons Den event in July, Almond Enterprises are delighted to announce that they will be holding another event in November so that they can donate their surplus profits to worthy causes in the West Lothian area. 
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LEADER:  Special event for rural projects past, present – and future on Friday 14th October in Miltonduff Village Hall 10am – 1pm followed by lunch and networking.  This event, which has been set up to promote the Moray LEADER programme and will give you the chance to find out more about how LEADER works, and what it has to offer your community.  See flyer,

PLEASE VOTE: With a click of the mouse you can help a social enterprise help the entire youth football community in Scotland. Just visit and select Robbie Forsyth from Youth Football Scotland and you’ve done your bit!

Case Study: Fife SEN

Fife Social Enterprise Network was the first Local Social Enterprise Network to start up. The first meeting took place in 2004 at Furniture Plus in Dysart. FSEN is one of the most active Networks, with around 18 members.

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Aberdeenshire SEN, 20th Oct
D&G SEN, 20th Oct
Stirlingshire SEN, 25th Oct
Inverclyde SEN 25th October
Angus SEN, 26th Oct
Canal SEN, 1st Nov
Fife SEN, 2nd Nov
Enterprising Procurement in Ayrshire, 3rd Nov
West Lothian, 8th Nov
Youth SEN, 9th Nov
Community Food SEN, 16th Nov
Ceilidh (New Lanark), 17th /18th Nov



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