Networks1st Update: Friday 18th December 2009

2009 has been another busy year – maybe the busiest yet for LSENs. And, 2010 looks like being more of the same. Our objective remains to try and help the LSENs and their members develop and grow. There has been plenty evidence of this with: 24 LSEN members securing investment funding through Scottish Govt; LSENs playing an increasing role in Single Interfaces at a local level; increasing evidence of economic impact at a local level through Vital Stats; and increased procurement opportunities.  Senscot will continue to offer its support as best we can during 2010. Here are some of the documents/reports we produced this year. See

The Coalfield SEN met last week in Lothian Mineworkers Convalescent Home in Gullane. At the meeting the Network agreed on some activities for the coming months, including developing a promotional portal; Network members have access to some stunning venues in Scotland and they are looking to promote the venues and services that they can offer. In addition, the Coalfields SEN will run a conference in March 2010 entitled “Developing for Growth” focusing on the development role mining related organisations play in supporting their local communities.   Here’s a link to the site where you can view the Coalfields SEN facilities

At the Health SEN meeting this week Jane Whitworth from the Cranfield Trust gave a presentation to the network on free support that they are offering to organisations including business planning, financial planning and marketing, for more information contact The Network has decided to hold ‘Fit for Purpose 10’ on 24th March, more details in the New Year.


ASSISTED PLACES SCHEME: Supported by the Scottish Government’s Third Sector Enterprise Fund, TMP’s Assisted Places Programme will give free Membership of The Melting Pot to 10 start-up social innovators or enterprises. In addition to sponsored membership, business costs and mentoring support for 6 months – first closing date 11th January 2010. Closing dates for applications:
Monday 11th January 2010 for 1st February start date.
For more information e-mail or visit

LEGISLATION: Revised Land Reform Act. The Scottish Government have recently revised the guidance on the Land Reform Act and Communities Right to Buy. A revised document, mapping tool and application form is available online. For more information see:

TRAINING: The Social Enterprise Academy are accepting applications
 for the Leading Edge programme 2010, a leadership programme for Chief Officers. Leading Edge is designed to make the connection between leadership theory and your own role as a Chief Officer. The course builds your leadership skills in relation to the particular issues and challenges facing Chief Officers in the third sector, juggling business and social priorities, managing change and a variety of stakeholder expectations. See:

Case Study: Caring Christmas Trees

Caring Christmas Trees raises funds for Bethany’s Care Shelter, giving homeless people a hot meal, a safe place to sleep and much-needed advice over the winter months. Caring Christmas Trees are fresh, needle-last, high quality and from
sustainable tree farms. All the profit helps homeless people and
they are around the same price as you’d pay elsewhere.
For more see:

Dates for the diary

Sports SEN, Mon 18th Jan
Glasgow SEN, Fri 29th Jan
Voice 2010, 1st & 2nd Feb
Fit for Purpose Conference, 24th March