Networks1st Update: Friday 15th June 2012

This week saw the circulation of a letter from John Swinney (Cabinet Secretary) commenting on the recent review of Community Planning, undertaken by Scottish Govt and COSLA. The letter is addressed to the wider third sector and, as well as reiterating the Govt’s commitment to strengthening the existing process, it also stresses that Scottish Govt is “similarly committed to a framework that will secure the role of the third sector as a key partner and will be  fully involved in putting that commitment into action”. With 9 SENs partners in local Third Sector Interfaces, there is a real opportunity for their members and the wider SE community to make a significant contribution in delivering the Govt’s Public Service Reform programme. See,

The 6th ‘Fit for Purpose: SE and Health’ Conference took place yesterday at the Teacher Building in Glasgow. Around 100 delegates attended – 60% from SE and wider third sector; 40% from Public sector. The event worked really well with topics covering Asset-based approach to Health Improvement; Developing Markets and Public Social Partnerships; Partnerships and Consortia; and Impact Measurement. We’ll have a full report soon. See delegates list,

Dundee SEN has recently welcomed its new member of staff, Susan Smith. Susan started last week as the new Development Officer and will be out and about over the coming weeks meeting SEN members. The social enterprise community will not be unfamiliar to her. As well
a degree in economics and a background working with community organisations, Susan also has a post graduate certificate in social enterprise via Glasgow Caledonian University and the Social Enterprise Academy. We wish her well in her new post.

Couple of events lined up for the autumn that may be of interest to SEN members. At the end of September, the Social Enterprise Academy will be hosting an Ignite Residential weekend for SEN members. 18 places are available for a programme that will run from Friday lunchtime through till Monday lunchtime. The event will be held at the Marine Hotel in North Berwick. We’ll have details over the next couple of weeks but if you’d like to register interest, contact

Second event is an exchange with colleagues in Northern Ireland. This will be taking place during October 2012. The visit will involve meeting up with colleagues and counterparts in Northern Ireland. The Northern Irish contingent will then visit Scotland in November and will be joining us at this year’s Ceilidh at New Lanark. It is our intention to identify a representative from 8 different SENs. We’ll have further info’ shortly, but, in the meantime, if you’d like to register interest, contact

A few SEN members were among the beneficiaries of the first tranche of Young Starts awards that were announced recently. This fund aims to help young Scots (aged 8 to 24) reach their full potential through a range of healthy, intergenerational, fun and employability projects. The Young Start investment comes from dormant accounts which are bank and building society accounts that have seen no customer-initiated activity for at least 15 years. See list,


TENDERS: This week’s tenders include Keepwell Outreach Services in Renfrewshire, ITT Supply & Installation of Furniture, Furnishings & White Goods in East Lothian and Catering Supplies for Scottish Enterprise. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

TRAINING: Crisis counselling are holding training on ‘Mindful Awareness’. The 9 week course will explore the benefits of Mindful Awareness and the positive effects they have on every part of life’s experience. See

FOOD CONFERENCE: Cyrenians are holding a food conference on the 19th of June. To book and see the programme of the event see

HODA PRODUCTIONS: Help get more people engaged with the arts and outdoors by supporting Hoda Productions in their activities. Set up in 2004 to facilitate projects which combine music and moving image between professional artists and the wider community.

PREMIER: The media co-op are hosting a double premier on the 16th June at the New Lanark World Heritage Site. See

Case Study: Visions Leisure – Sports SEN

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Dates for the Diary

Cultural & Creative SEN, 19th June
Stirlingshire / Clackmannanshire Joint SEN Event, 20th June
SE and Sport Conference, 21st June
Start-up SEN 27th June
Fife SEN, 27th June
Stirlingshire SEN, 26th July



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