Networks1st Update: Friday 16th July 2010

Dumfries and Galloway SEN contacted us this week to ask us to highlight the SVA programme ‘Leading in Change’. There are to be 4 residentials across the country to discuss and develop the Business Plans for the Single Interfaces. We know Edinburgh SEN is involved but it’s unclear if any other SENs active in Single Interfaces are. However, it’s good to see that the Social Enterprise Academy has won the contract to deliver these events. There are other opportunities within the SVA Programme for SENs involved in or working towards Single Interface status, Sally Dyson, SVA Programme Manager has provided us with an update on the Programme and will also attend the Network Reps meeting in September. For more information contact

The first meeting of the Youth SEN- since its launch at S2S – is at 3pm on Thursday, 19th August.  Young people involved with social enterprise are invited to Re-union Canal Boat, Edinburgh.  The meeting will involve a presentation about Re-union by Sam Buamber (one of the co-founders), drinks and a cruise along the canal.  To book, contact .  Stay in touch via the Youth SEN Facebook.

Another active week for the Social Enterprise & Sport initiative, not just because of the World Cup, (although well done Spain)! Diane’s been out and about, meeting community sports organisations and governing bodies around the country from Curling to Mountain Biking, as well as enjoying a trip to a virtual social enterprise!  With hard hat and fetching fluorescent jacket, Diane was given the VIP tour of the ‘soon to be’ Inch Park Community Sports Club, one of the new breed of Communty Sports Hubs. With rugby, football and cricket all coming together under one roof to provide communty and club sport opportunities in South Edinburgh, this will be an interesting model to watch. To find out more contact


READYFORBUSINESS.ORG: PEDAL (Portobello Transition Town) is seeking tenders to conduct a feasibility study and produce a business plan for the creation of a community-run farm in Portobello. For more info register on

COMMUNITY BENEFIT CLAUSES: Last week we mentioned the importance of CBC’s in public sector contracts. Of course there’s no reason why they can’t be extended to private and third sector contracts. This week we hear that Port of Leith Housing Association is adopting them.

LAUNCH: On Wednesday 30th June was the launch of the latest Bearhunt Thinkpiece Underground-Overground: How small things can make Big Society. It provides some simple ideas that local people can use in their neighbourhoods to begin to move towards their own kind of Big Society, including Opportunity Mapping; Talent Mapping; and unleashing ‘The art of the animateur’.  See more

TRAINING: On Purpose Ltd is taking bookings for their September courses, Personal Leadership at Work & Leading Breakthroughs at Work.  Be sure to book now to guarantee a place.  See here for details

FUNDING: Renfrewshire LEADER has recently been awarded £470,000 of funds to help support small scale, innovative community driven projects.  This LEADER programme will run from 2009-2012.  For more detail see

DIRECTORY: Transition Town Forres is setting up a Moray organic food directory and is looking for organisations and businesses to be in the Moray directory. Please get in touch directly with Daniella if you are interested in being included. She is hoping to finalise the directory by September.  See contact details here

EVENTS: Scottish Mentoring Network is hosting a free event in Edinburgh to highlight and promote mentoring projects in the Edinburgh & Lothian’s area 10th August 2010.  There will showcase presentations in the morning from projects followed by a networking lunch. See

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 runs the facility at a small profit with usage up from 22% to 60% and rising. 

See full case study here:

Dates for the Diary

Perth SEN 27th July
Borders SEN, 5th August
Glasgow SEN, 13th August
Ayrshire SEN, 17th August
Dumfries and Galloway SEN 19th August
Clacks SEN, 24th August
Edinburgh SEN, 25th August
Fife SEN, 26th August
Dundee SEN, 1st September



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