Networks1st Update: Friday 15th February 2013

Yesterday, we attended the Local Government and Social Enterprise event hosted by Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) at Edinburgh City Chambers. The well attended event gave speakers and delegates the opportunity to share their views and experiences of successful partnership working – demonstrating how social enterprise can benefit both communities and local authorities in terms of economic growth, reform of public services and positive social impact. SES Chair, Laurie Russell invited local authorities to build on this success and  sign up as associate members of SES. It was also encouraging to hear examples of good working relationships developing between local authorities and their local SENs. More on this next week.

A key element of the (Govt funded) Developing New Markets contract – is to support the development and implementation of new Public Social Partnerships (PSPs). Last week, it was announced that 3 years funding has been agreed for Scotland’s first Justice PSP at Low Moss prison. The Low Moss PSP – a partnership of public agencies and third sector orgs – will provide a service supporting prisoners for up to one year post release. For more, see

Alva Pool – newly titled the Ochil Leisure Centre ( – will officially be re-opening its doors on 1st March. In 2011, the community of Alva rallied around to save their local sports facility, Alva Pool, from closure.  Aspiring to run the centre as a social enterprise, the group engaged from the outset with our SE and Sport Coordinator (Diane Cameron) and with fellow Sport SEN members.  Their long campaign to acquire the asset was ultimately successful – however the group has since been on an even steeper learning curve in order to fully realise their dream of opening and operating a financially viable community focused centre. We wish them every success.

As part of the implementation of the NHS Quality Strategy, Senscot and Ready for Business have been leading an action group to develop, test and embed Community Benefit Clauses in NHS Procurement. Three action groups were set up in November 2011 endorsed by the Quality Alliance Board to improve engagement between key people in health boards and the third sector. The work of the three action groups will be presented at a session at The Gathering – Third Sector and health and social care – where next? See,

Recently, The West Wemyss Community Trust won the ‘Fife’s Most Enterprising Community Organisation’ at Celebrating Fife’s Voluntary Sector Awards Ceremony. To celebrate the award the Trust is hosting, in collaboration with Fife Diet, a fundraising ‘Spring Fling Feast’ on Friday March 1st at Kilrie Granary near Kirkcaldy. For details, see

Places are still available for next month’s SE Exchange event at the SECC in Glasgow. Early Bird rates still available to SEN members – £50 plus VAT – as well as bursary places for smaller SEs – £20 per delegate. For eligibility, see . NB: only one bursary place per organisation will be considered. See full programme,


TENDERS: Belville Community Garden Works and Forvie National Nature Reserve – Dune Trail Interpretation – Re-issued. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

PROGRAMMES: The Social Enterprise Academy have three programmes coming up in March. Booking is open for the Procurement, Partnership and Social Accounting & Audit (SAA) and discounts are available. See,

REGENERATION: Glasgow Housing Association is currently reviewing specific post-demolition sites that have not been set aside for new-build development. Consequently, GHA is seeking proposals from social enterprises for the sustainable regeneration of these sites. See,

ACE SUPPORT: Community groups in Scotland are invited to apply for support as part of ACE’s rolling programme. ACE stands for Achieving Community Empowerment and is a programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland (BIG). See,

ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Trellis is designed to support therapeutic gardening through a range of easy to access services and the 7th Annual Conference: People Grow Better in Gardens, takes place in Perth on 19th March. Links to the programme and booking form are on the website. See,

SHOWCASE: Edinburgh Community Food are holding a showcase and AGM on 19 March also. They will be displaying the wide variety of work we do. There will be a chance to chat to others who have benefitted from the services provided as well as meet the staff. See,

EVENTS: There are two events next month that the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and Trellis have organised. These are a Networking Event and Perthshire and a Training event on how to Setup and sustain a community Garden taking place on the 13th and 15th March respectively. See,

Case Study: Newmilns Ski Slope Sports SEN

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Dates for the Diary

Start-Up SEN, 20th February
Sports SEN East, 26th February
Stirlingshire SEN, 4th March
Dundee SEN, 6th March
Health SEN, 7th March
Sports SEN North, 13th March
Fife SEN, 10th April
Sports SEN West, 18th April



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