Networks1st Update: Friday 16th November 2012

Yesterday’s Ceilidh was a great success. Over 100 people gathered in New Lanark for the 8th year of the event. This year, we also had the pleasure of the company of 14 delegates from Northern Ireland. The event allowed plenty of open discussion on issues relevant to grassroots social enterprises including: SE and the Interfaces; Social Investment; the existing SE support ‘pipeline’; and Senscot’s relationship with the SENs. Other highlights saw Clydesdale Community Initiative and Stepwell Consultancy win the Dragons’ Den and Audience Prizes respectively. We’ll have a full report within the next couple of weeks.

Big turnout for Social Enterprise Scotland’s (SES) Parliamentary Reception on Tuesday – over 200 folk – to see presentations of the Scottish Social Enterprise Awards 2012. See, Also, news of Scottish success at the UK SE Awards held the evening before in London. See, Still on SES, they will also be hosting the SE Exchange again in March 2013 at the SECC in Glasgow. If you’re keen to go and want to get the best price – early bird places (from £50) are currently available. See,
In one of the workshops yesterday delegates were informed about The Change Fund: Enhancing the Role of the Third Sector Programme which is a central resource that aims to provide third sector co-ordination and support at a strategic level to secure effective engagement of the sector in the Reshaping Care for Older People programme and more widely within the emerging integrated health and social care landscape. The programme team are based in The ALLIANCE (formerly LTCAS) and have resources and information available via their website for more information, see programme update and website

This week Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire SENs met to discuss a closer working relationship and the development of a series of joint events.  The first of these events will be a Business Breakfast on Tuesday 27th November, the morning will include an opportunity to feed into the development of a workplan for the city SEN,to book see, See, for workplan. In 2013 the SENs intend to align themselves more closely and, with the support of both third sector interfaces, link resources where possible. For more information on joining either SEN contact


TENDERS: This week’s tenders include Creative Scotland Film Sector Review, Moffat Community Nature Reserve, Forgewood Community Centre Feasibility Study and New Build Housing at Victoria Park, Dunoon. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

SHOWROOM: Furniture Plus have extended an invite to all for their day of celebration for a new showroom, opening on Saturday 1 December in Pitreavie, Dunfermline. Furniture Plus has been “Helping Furnish the People of Fife” since 2001, and this relocation from our site in Inverkeithing will enable us to better serve those in need in Fife. See,

TRAINING: The Starter for 6 Main Programme is open to applications for its 2013 round.  This is an enterprise training programme that supports up-and-coming creative entrepreneurs across Scotland. The deadline for receipt of applications is 10 December 2012. See,

MARYHILL CLIMATE CHALLENGE: CCH are extending an invitation to any organisation who wishes to attend the open day on the 29th November for the Maryhill Climate Challenge project. The community event will promote environmental sustainability. See,

CHRISTMAS: The Coach House Trust are supplying Nordman Christmas trees and rock salt over the coming festive and winter season. See,

CEILIDH: WHALE Arts are hosting fundraising event on the 30th November with music, dancing, drama, animation, a high quality art auction, raffles, quizzes and arts & craft stalls. See,

Case Study: Media Co-op

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Dates for the Diary

Fife SEN, 20th November
Stirlingshire SEN, 23rd November
Falkirk SE Forum, 3rd December
South Ayrshire SEN, 4th December
North Ayrshire SEN, 4th December
Start-Up SEN, 6th December
Glasgow SEN, 19th December



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