Networks1st Update: Friday 15th October 2010

The theme of year’s Social Enterprise Ceilidh is ‘Working Together’. As always, we’re delighted to attract investors for the Dragons’ Den – this year includes contributions from two prominent social enterprises in Unity Enterprise and Employers in Childcare. In addition to the Dragons` prize of £5k, we intend ask the audience to take part in a spot of ‘crowd sourcing’ investment by making a donation to enter the `Den`. Senscot will then match the sum raised by the audience (within reason!). However, any further offers of investment would be very welcome – please feel free to bid in!  For further info`, contact,
To book your place, see

Last week members of the Health SEN travelled to Salford to visit three inspiring social enterprises. The Big Life Group, Unlimited Potential and Salford Health Matters are all making a huge impact on the lives of people in their local communities. The host organisations were open and honest about the barriers they have faced, what has worked and what hasn’t, lessons learned along the way and opportunities for the future. Read more about the organisations visited and what one of the Health SEN members thought about the visit 

On her travels Diane has heard from 3 members of the Sports SEN running swimming pools who are planning on installing ‘leisure software’. It’s always useful to get feedback on what’s available from people who’ve already been there and done it, so they’d be happy to hear any thoughts on the pros and cons of the different systems available. In a similar vein the folks at Atlantis Leisure are keen to here from anyone looking to sell 2nd hand gym equipment – only requirement is it has to be TechnoGym.  If you can help with either of those, email and she’ll pass on the details.


READY FOR BUSINESS: The public social partnership to help social enterprises win public sector contracts is now attracting significant interest from public sector procurers as well as private sector companies.  These companies are keen to hook up with social enterprises to deliver parts of larger tenders.  See more

NEW INITIATIVE:  Interested in improving your service user involvement?  I.E. is a Scottish social enterprise initiative from Alcohol Focus Scotland and Glasgow Homelessness Network. They aim to improve the quality, quantity, equality and authenticity of service user involvement throughout Scotland in voluntary, statutory and private sectors.  Find out more

EVENTS: Don’t miss your opportunity to be inspired by Mark Beaumont – The Man Who Cycled the World, sponsored by Capita Symonds, Architrail & Dinsdale Moorland Services Limited, and Lesley McKenna – triple Olympic Snowboarder and keen mountain biker – giving a talk on the power of alternative sports to engage women. See

The Cornerstone Professional Conference 2010 entitled ‘Attracting Social Investment’ will be the first of its kind in Scotland and will inform delegates from the voluntary and public sector on how to change from a grant and statutory funded environment to embrace investment-led and business-like approaches that deliver growth, accountability and sustainability. See more here

OPPORTUNITY:  As part of Enterprise Childcare’s ongoing development they plan to expand their training portfolio and are looking for a student who would assist in a 3 month project to collate resources related to their training products and assist in the marketing of these products.  See more

PRESS RELEASE:  Raising Awareness of Social Enterprise!  BRAG Enterprises is one of Fife’s largest social enterprises and over the past months its Motivate to Innovate Team have been hosting a series of Raising Awareness Events of "How to set up a Social Enterprise".  See full press release here

HOT DESKING: All Senscot members have FREE access to their shared office, shared resources, informal meeting space and new soundproof ‘Melting Pod’ meeting space (sits up to 5) with 25 hours up for grabs.  See here for more info

Case Study: Ladywood Leisure Centre

Ladywood Leisure Centre is a community run sport and leisure facility based in Penicuik, Midlothian. The local group took it over from Midlothian Council in 2007 and now run the facility at a small profit with usage up from 22% to 60% and rising.  The centre is supported by a highly dedicated team of volunteers who along with the centre manager have created an open and welcoming atmosphere for the local community and users from further afield.

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Dates for the Diary

Aberdeen SEN, 19th October
Fife SEN, 19th October
Dundee SEN, 20th October
Dumfries & Galloway SEN, 21st October
Glasgow SEN, 22nd October
East Lothian, 26th October, AGM
Moray SEN, 28th October
Ayrshire SEN, 9th November
Social Enterprise Ceilidh, 18-19th November
Sport SEN, 24th November


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