Networks1st Update: Friday 17th February 2012

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost a year since the last Annual Fit for Purpose: Social Enterprise and Health Event. Now in its 6th year, the event will take place on Thursday 3rd May at The Trades Hall in Glasgow. Main themes will include – Asset based approach to health improvement; Community Benefit Clauses; and Public Social Partnerships. A full programme will be available in the coming weeks but, for now, get the date in your diary! Over the last 12 months, there has been significant progress in the SE/Health field: Two highlights include; the publication of the first Social Enterprise and Health Roundtable Policy Context Paper, see;
And the establishment of a Govt-led Action Group, tasked with developing, testing and spreading the use of Community Benefit Clauses within NHS contracts. For more info`, contact

Senscot Legal (SL) has now completed its first year of trading. During this time, it has assisted around 120 social enterprises and third sector organisations. Their services include Company structures, Governance, Directors’ duties, Employment Issues, Property/Leases etc. See flyer, . As well as providing an affordable and high quality service, SL (as a social enterprise itself) also aims to offer a genuine alternative to the conventional source of legal advice available to third sector organisations in Scotland. If SL can be of help to your organisation, contact Alan or Karina at or see website,

There was a well attended Borders SEN meeting earlier this week. The Social Enterprise Academy now has a presence in the Borders, based in the Borders Social Enterprise Chambers (SBSEC), and will be delivering a number of learning events including Leadership and Understanding Social Enterprise. SBSEC, itself, has secured funding to run a `Get into Social Enterprise` Course which will take place in March. For more info`, contact . In addition to this, a number of Borders SEN members are also actively engaged with the Thematic SENs, notably Health, Youth, Sport and Culture.

Fife SEN member, Brag Enterprises hosts its second Social Enterprise Trade Fair next month. The event, titled `Opportunities to Grow`. As well as offering an opportunity to establish links with local and national support organisations, the event will also give attendees the chance to nominate a business or individual for the Fife Social Enterprise and Social Entrepreneur of the year awards. Plus their own Dragons` Den with a first prize of £1,000. See,

News from Mull of the opening of the new An Roth Community Enterprise Centre. The £1m plus building has been designed to the highest environmental standards including sheep’s wool insulation, ground source heating and LED lighting. As well as providing ABSEN member, Mull and Iona Community Trust a permanent home, An Roth (The Hub in English) will also offer the communities of Mull and Iona office space, meeting rooms and a training suite. See,


TENDERS: There are over 30 tenders on the Ready for Business website including Repair and maintenance work in connection with sports facilities; Construction and trades sub-contractor framework for works and services; Business Gateway Services for Lanarkshire, Summerhill Green Space Art Project. See

TRAINING: Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living is offering a two-day course in April for people who would like to know more about working as a Personal Assistant for a Disabled person. For more info view the flyer or email   

SWING INTO SPRING: Autisms Initiatives Scotland would like to invite you to a family golf day at the Hermitage, Edinburgh on 1st April. The flyer can be viewed at or phone 0131 447 5700 for more info.

SCALLOPS DIRECT: With support from social lender DSL Business Finance, Scallops Direct has set up a unique new scallop processing plant in Dumfries and Galloway. The new enterprise will create local jobs, support the local fishing industry and increase the availability of locally caught shellfish. See press release,

INFORMATION: `Gearing up for the Games – Games Legacy` event this week.  The strong message was clear commitment to leave a lasting and tangible legacy across Scotland with support coming from a number of agencies, including Glasgow 2014, Sportscotland, Creative Scotland and Event Scotland.  First place to connect with information is via their portal at

Case Study: Reach for the Sky Basketball (Sport SEN)

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Dates for the Diary

Aberdeen, 23rd Feb
Edinburgh SEN, 7th Mar
West Lothian SEN, 14th Mar
Fife SEN, 14th Mar
Dumfries & Galloway SEN, 20th Mar 
Clackmannanshire SEN, 20th Mar
Sport SEN, 21st Mar



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