Networks1st Update: Friday 17th May 2013

This week Senscot attended the launch of the Consultation for the new European Structural Funds Programme (2014-20). Keynote speaker, Deputy Fist Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, informed the event that key to the new programme is ‘partnership’ – to ensure continued growth of the economy and employment in Scotland. The third sector has, over the years, played a significant role in the delivery of ESF programmes so it was particularly disappointing that its representation in the ‘Governance and Delivery Structure’ is minimal. SCVO is seeking to address this. See,

The Social Enterprise and Health Roundtable has published the 2nd Edition of the Social Enterprise and Health Position Paper. There’s been a lot of activity recently via the Health Roundtable including attendance at a Ministerial Taskforce on Health Inequalities. A pre paper was written jointly by third sector representatives. Please find both the papers here,

The Cultural and Creative SEN is meeting next week with social enterprises from another Network – the Creative Renfrewshire Network (

The Creative Renfrewshire Network has been working at a local level with great success – organising events; developing joint marketing; and creating a supportive environment for the creative industries in Renfrewshire.  The meeting will be held at Pace Theatre (Paisley) on Wed 22nd May at 2pm. If you are interested in attending or, indeed, becoming part of the Cultural and Creative SEN, please contact

West Lothian SEN is hosting a Policy Event on 2st June in partnership with Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) and West Lothian Council. The event will include an opportunity to contribute to the development of West Lothian Council’s Social Enterprise Strategy and discuss issues relevant to social enterprises at a local level. If you are interested in attending or taking a stand, contact Duncan Thorp (SES) at

This week sees big changes for Fife SEN Member, Furniture Plus (FP), as its Managing Director, Daniel Rous, will be leaving this week. Having been in post since Nov 2010, Daniel has decided it is time to hand over the reins to others in taking FP on to the next stage of its development. In the meantime, FP will keep on collecting unwanted furniture, electrical and household items and making them available to anyone and everyone, and living out its mission of ‘helping furnish the people of Fife’. Good luck to Daniel in his new adventures! See,

Last week, it was announced two organisations who deliver front line nursery and out of school care to improve the lives of Scotland’s children will receive an extra £155k. The Care and Learning Alliance and the National Day Nurseries Association are the first recipients of the Scottish Government’s new £10 million Early Learning and Childcare Strategic Funding Partnerships for early learning and childcare. This funding of £155k adds to the £1.5 million already allocated through the BIG Lottery to early learning and childcare third sector partners. See,


TENDERS: Playschemes for children & young people with disabilities – City of Edinburgh Council and Provision of a primary school-based children and families counselling & emotional wellbeing service – East Lothian Council. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

JOB VACANY: Ready for Business LLP is recruiting an experienced Project Consultant to join the programme. The role commences immediately and runs for a fixed term to 31st March 2014. See,

WATER RATES: Scottish charities and community groups are being warned to double check new water rate bills following a series of demands from Business Stream, Scottish Water’s business arm. The Scottish charity water rates exemption scheme is complicated, and those with net annual income of less than £64,500 should apply to Scottish Water. See,

WORKSHOPS: The Whiteinch Centre is hosting the second round of Financial Inclusion workshops, run by Glasgow Advice Agency. The free classes are flexible and allow people to drop in and out, depending on the topics that matter to them. See,

TRAINING: A one-day training event in Art and Communication developed by Sense Scotland takes place on 31st May which will train individuals in using the arts as a tool to enhance communication, explore expression and promote wellbeing. This will appeal to anyone interested in developing skills in using the arts as a tool for enhancing creative expression and developing communication partnerships with children and adults who have complex support needs. See,

CLINICS: Social enterprise organisations involved in mountain biking and have an idea for a new service or product are being invited to attend a business clinic. The clinics are your opportunity to meet 1:1 with Scottish Enterprise, Sporting Chance and DMBinS to discuss your ideas and how they can possibly help. See,

COURSES: On 28th May in Inverurie CVS Training Initiatives is running two half day courses. One is a Website Design course and the other ‘Using Social Media – Facebook course’. See,

Case Study: Antonine Sports Centre Sports SEN

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Dates for the Diary

Cultural SEN, 22nd May
Dundee SEN AGM, 29th May
Aberdeenshire SEN, 4th June
Stirlingshire SEN, 4th June
Start Up SEN, 5th June
Moray SEN, 5th June
Glasgow SEN, 5th June
Fife SEN, 18th June
Edinburgh SEN, 19th June


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