Networks1st Update: Friday 15th March 2013

Dundee SEN provides a great example of the contribution local social enterprise communities can make to shaping local policy. As a key partner in the production of the Dundee City Councils Social Enterprise Strategy, the SEN now has three representatives on the Council’s Social Enterprise Strategy Board. In addition, it is also in discussions with the Council re the establishment of a new childcare facility in the Lochee area of the city. This will operate as a social enterprise and will have a strong employability element. Also on the horizon is a Social Enterprise Conference – currently being scheduled for September – that will showcase the work of SEs in Dundee and the SEN itself. See,

This week, Glasgow SEN launched its new website – promoting the work of GSEN members. The website has news, events, case studies and a social enterprise directory – see . If you are a social enterprise operating in greater Glasgow and are interested in finding out more about GSEN, contact  GSEN is one of the sponsors of The Social Enterprise Exchange on Thursday 21st March at the SECC in Glasgow and is also hosting an Evening Reception the night before.

Last week, Danielle Trudeau, Senscot’s SE and Health Co-ordinator, attend her first Health SEN meeting. As Danielle gets her feet under the table, she is getting a better sense of the members’ needs and is keen to develop good lines of communications with health and other organisations. It would be to the benefit of the social enterprise sector to understand how we are engaged in the area of health and what good practice and partnership working looks like.  Danielle would very much value any experiences and/or feedback on this subject and we will relay all information onto our contacts in Scottish Government. For more information see,

Although the Sport SEN membership is predominantly made up of grass roots level social enterprises, we have a growing number identified as key deliverers of services. Three of these are recognised as "high growth" businesses which are account managed by either Highlands & Islands Enterprise or Scottish Enterprise. To read more about their work check out Transition Extreme, Factory Skatepark and Atlantis Leisure.

Following on from the launch of the Social Enterprise and Cultural Roundtable ‘Position Paper’ (see,, the SE and Cultural Roundtable has been developing a workplan for 2013/14 that will ensure delivery of the ‘offers’ within the ‘Position Paper’.  Cross thematic working with the Health and Sport SENs features heavily as does working closely with other partners. We will share the workplan with you once it has reached its final stage and will update on progress made throughout the year. Roundtable member, Museums Galleries Scotland has announced its annual conference to be held in September and are interested in suggestions for speakers.  The theme is "Fortune Favours the Brave" which will centre around organisational sustainability.   This is a fantastic opportunity for social enterprises to get involved with the museum sector.  See,

ReadyforBusiness has been delivering the Scottish Govt’s Developing Markets contract since December 2011 – with the objective of embedding the Public Social Partnership (PSP) model, Community Benefit Clauses (CBC) and the use of Social Value throughout public sector commissioning and procurement in Scotland. The ReadyforBusiness consortium has recently been informed that the contract has now been extended until March 2014. To get a flavour of its work and the progress the programme has made, here’s some case studies. See,


FACEBOOK: Senscot has started its Thematic SENs Facebook page, please like the page if you are a regular ‘Facebooker’ and want to be kept in the loop.  See,

EVENT: Stakeholder Forum and Networking Event, Tuesday 15th March 2013 hosted by   Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Biosphere, Assist Social Capital & Ayrshire LEADER. See more

FREE MARKETING: Are you a cause in need of free marketing?  Are you a marketer looking to gain new experience, make new connections, showcase your talent and give something back?  Pimp My Cause brings together worthwhile causes with talented marketers – including innovators, strategists, advertisers, graphic designers, web developers, PR specialists and researchers who can provide transformational input pro bono.  See more,

TRAINING: In April/May 2013 Talking Mats are planning to hold a two half day Rolling Programme in Stirling.  Talking Mats is a widely used low tech communication aid designed to support people with a range of communication needs to express their views.  For more information and booking forms see,

ONLINE SUPPORT TOOL: On 4th March 2013, Social Firms UK launches Social Firms InfoMine (, a new online diagnostic and support tool for Social Firms and other Work Integration Social Enterprises.  Social Firms InfoMine is an online tool designed to identify and supply information needs on the social firm sector and developing a social firm. See more,

SPORT CONFERENCE: Bookings can now be taken for 2013 Scottish Sports Development Conference which will focus on Our Sporting Communities – Investing in the future. This will take place 22nd/23rd April 2013 at the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld.  For more info and how to book see,

AGM: Aberdeen Social Enterprise Network’s Annual General Meeting is taking place on Tuesday 26th March at 12 – 2.30pm at Aberdeen Foyers Marywell Centre.  To book your place please contact Mimi Mwasame

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Stramash have two vacancies available, Paddlesports Development Coordinator ( & Training & Apprenticeship Coordinator (  For more info contact

Case Study: Aberdeen SEN Case Study

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Dates for the Diary

West Lothian SEN, 19th March
East Lothian SEN, 22nd March
Aberdeen SEN AGM, 26 March
Glasgow SEN, 3rd April
Fife SEN, 10th April
Sports SEN West, 18th April
Joint Thematic SEN, 24th April, Inverness
Edinburgh SEN, 25th April



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