Networks1st Update: Friday 16th October 2009

On Monday, we attended a meeting, hosted by the Coalition, with Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS), SCVO and Volunteer Development Scotland (VDS) to share views on how things were panning out with the `single interface` at both a local and national level. We were particularly interested in the varying experiences of different groupings within the third sector. We’re hoping to progress things, looking particularly at the engagement of social enterprise on each interface. We’ll keep you posted on developments.

This year’s Social Enterprise Ceilidh is filling up fast! Geoff Pearson (Scottish Government) has accepted our invite to be the keynote speaker to kick off the Question Time event.  Each year over 75% of delegates are from social enterprises with the rest being made up from intermediaries, funders and the public sector. Here’s the list so far http://www.senscot.net
If you’d like to come along, there are still a few places left. See booking form.

Reps Meeting 27th October, 10.30 am, Burness Solicitors, Glasgow: Senscot has been working with Burness to develop a set of model rules for a new kind of Community Benefit Society for Networks, based on the LSEN Blueprint. This work is being supported by Co-operative Development Scotland who will be at the meeting to talk about how they see this development progressing.  Get in touch to let us know if you are able to attend.


AWARDS: Success for Bookdonors. Last week, at an event in Liverpool, Bookdonors won the Best Partnership Award at the LARAC 2009 Awards (Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee). The award came as part of their collaboration with Scottish Borders Council’s Waste Strategy Department. Congratulations to Lawrie and his team. If you have good news story you’d like to share, please let us know

TRAINING: Join ‘YOU CAN COOK’ to learn easy and tasty recipes in their cookery for a healthy lifestyle demos.

With an award from the Learning & Skills Exchange Fund, Fyne Futures are hosting a one day seminar to promote sustainable local produce. The event will cover both practical aspects of horticulture and project development including income generation and community outreach initiatives. Bursaries are available for travel. For more details, see:

Aspire to Enterprise – Marketing for Social Enterprise. Wednesday 21st October 2009, 1:30pm to 4:30. Marywell Training & Conference Centre, Aberdeen, AB11 6JF. To register FREE and to view details of other events in the series, visit

COMPETITION: The Coalition (SSEC) has launched a search for an inspiring photographer to capture social enterprises in Scotland, telling their stories through imaginative pictures. The successful snapper will receive a bursary of £1800 to visit social enterprises across Scotland and pictorially depict how they can change the lives of communities and individuals around them.  The project is sponsored by Unity Trust Bank. For more, see

Case Study: Aberdeen SEN

The Aberdeen Social Enterprise Network was the second network (after Fife) to establish itself back in 2005. Since then the group has gone from strength to strength attracting social enterprises from across the city, forming links with both the private sector, City Council and other partners in the third sector.

Dates for the diary

Sport SEN, Mon 26th Oct
Network Reps, Tues 27th Oct
Fife SEN, Wed 28th Oct
Aberdeen SEN, Tues 3rd Nov
Social Enterprise Ceilidh, 19th & 20th Nov
Tayside SEN, Thurs 26th Nov
Inverclyde SEN, Fri 27th Nov
Glasgow SEN, Fri 27th Nov