Networks1st Update: Friday 16th August 2013

The Booking Form for this year’s Social Enterprise Conference and Ceilidh is now available. This is our 9th running of the event and will be taking place at the Westerwood Hotel, near Cumbernauld – 14th/15th November. See,  We have space for 150 delegates – priority will be given to active SEN members. We will also be welcoming members of Social Firms Scotland, Social Enterprise Scotland as well as Intermediary colleagues and representatives from the public sector. Here’s the draft Programme,

Next month, many of Scotland’s community food sector will gather for the Nourish Annual Conference (3rd and 4th Sept, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh). This year’s theme is “Feeding the Five Million: what would it take for everyone in Scotland to eat well and sustainably?” The two day event will take the form of an enquiry into the issues faced and a full report will be circulated. For more info’ and to book your place, see

Still on the community food front, Danielle circulated her latest Community Food Newsletter last week. See,  Another date for the diary is the ‘Growing Community Projects Along the Food Chain – Making the Links’ event on 25th Sept at Maryhill Community Central Halls. Workshops will include; Creating your vision for local food networks; Connecting the food economy to increase local food production and markets; Growing products, people, projects and social enterprise; Working with disadvantaged communities to tackle climate change through local food projects.  For more, see The Federation of Community Farms and Gardens.

Date for the diary: Dundee Social Enterprise Conference – Tuesday, 17th September 2013 – 9.30 am to 3.00 pm. Focusing on growth and sustainability, this conference will provide aspiring and experienced social entrepreneurs with the key skills and knowledge required to build a thriving social enterprise in today’s economy. For further details on delegate rates, sponsor packages and exhibition space and to book your place, see

Last week, Danielle attended an ESEN meeting on self-directed support (SDS).  Chris Whelan, (Contracts Manager for the City of Edinburgh Council) gave a presentation on the Market Shaping Strategy 2013-2018 for Edinburgh’s adult health and social care services. This is still in draft form – deadline for responses is 30th Sept. Also available from October will be ‘Innovation Funds’. For more on any of above, please contact

With large parts of Scotland not being able to access affordable swimming lessons, it’s good to hear Health SEN member, Assist Social Capital (ASC), will be doing something about this. ASC has been awarded funding from the Young Start fund to provide over 100 training opportunities to train young people as swimming teachers and develop an ‘off the shelf’ swim school through its Floats International project. The ‘off the shelf swim’  school will be based on the successful model in Glencoe which uses a local hotel pool and employs local people whilst building social capital in the community. For more, see

Two Cultural SEN members, Active Inquiry Theatre Company and Impact Arts, took part in a discussion last week as part of Just Festival 2013 – see,!about/cjg9  The discussion/conversation explored the theme ‘Transforming lives through the Arts. Is it possible?’ –  looking at the relationship between arts in the broadest sense, and change in the broadest sense (social, personal, cultural, political and economic). See more,


TENDERS: Design & Build of Skate Park – Cowan Park Barrhead, Quality guidance for arts organisations and artists in Scotland and Delivery of a community engagement project for Rothesay THI – Maintaining Historic Buildings. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

NEWSLETTER: See August edition of Ready for Business Newsletter –

JUST ENTERPRISE: The Scottish Govt funded business and learning development programme – Just Enterprise – has announced its new round of programmes for this autumn. They include Leadership programmes; Thematic programmes; and Business Development workshops. All courses are FREE and will be available at locations across the country. For more info, see

ANNUAL SE AWARDS: Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) has extended its closing date for their SE Awards – to midnight on Thursday 22nd August. If you want to apply or nominate a deserving SE, see

Case Study: CRISIS

See full case study here,

Dates for the Diary

Fife SEN, 20th August
Dundee SEN, 22nd August
Edinburgh SEN, 23rd August
Sport SEN East, 27th August
Aberdeen SEN Hot Seat Session, 29th August
DGSEN AGM, 12th September
Dundee SEN Conference, 17th September
Sport SEN North, 19th September
Fife SEN, 19th September


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