Networks1st Update: Friday 18th February 2011

Ten Social Enterprise Networks (SENs) are now either partners or actively engaged in the process of establishing Third Sector Interfaces (TSI) across Scotland. This week, Senscot, Social Firms Scotland and the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition sent a joint letter to all Interfaces that, as yet, may not have this level of engagement. Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) and Scottish Govt were also copied in. The letter offers our assistance in ensuring that an appropriate level of engagement with the local social enterprise community is evident in all 32 Interfaces. We believe that for Interfaces to successfully deliver on their functions, it is vital that the social enterprise sector community is in a position to effectively share its expertise, knowledge and contacts both at local and national level. Good examples of SENs already playing a central role in the forward planning processes include Edinburgh, Dundee and Moray We’ll keep you posted on progress. Here’s our letter, 

The Scottish Social Enterprise Trade Fair, S2S is coming around fast again. See,  Networks 1st plans to reserve 20 free tickets for SEN members to be distributed on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Let us know if you’d be interested in going along. If so, contact

Members of the Moray SEN are joining forces to establish Community Food Moray as a new independent organisation. Originally started by CFINE, a project co-ordinator and 30 volunteers deliver a wide range of community health initiatives across Moray that include access to affordable fresh fruit and vegetables. CFINE will continue to support the project through advice and guidance to the new board during the transition period to ensure a viable future for the new venture. More news to follow. 


INTRA – TRADING: This week purchase requests are: Furniture, coffee, Desks, Brass scrap, new websites, Leaflets, Brochures, Property and more.  To post purchase requests or offer products and services sign up to

PROCUREMENT OPP: Glasgow Women’s Library is on the look out for some research and web development services. See details

EXHIBITION: Fab Pad has a unique combination of inspirational and accessibly interior design, skills training and employability support has made a significant impact in the reduction of repeat homelessness, and is now being developed as a model of best practice to be replicated across the UK.  See more

RECRUIT & LEARNING: The Academy is recruiting for a recent graduate to work as a ‘Social Media Marketing and Sales Advisor’ based in our Inverness office.  Also see here for ‘Open’ Learning Programmes in H & I over the next few weeks

COUNSELLING LINE: Health in mind is a full, confidential, counselling management service for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse in Scotland over the telephone.  The only one in Scotland. This line offers survivors confidential, telephone counselling to men anywhere in Scotland with a qualified counsellor who is located in the central belt giving anonymity to men.  See more

ASPIRE TO ENTERPRISE – DUNDEE: As a key part of the Aspire to Enterprise programme we are offering a series of FREE to attend seminars on crucial aspects of social enterprise activity. We are now pleased to announce details of the following workshop we are holding at a venue in Dundee next month.  See more

GREENING THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR: Community Resources Network Scotland would like to offer you support in becoming resource efficient, which will involve inevitable cost savings for Third Sector Organisations as well as aspiring to become a Zero Waste Organisation.  See more

Case Study: Moray SEN

Set up in 2006, Moray Social Enterprise Network (MSEN) carries out networking, training, events and other support activities. MSEN is moving forward with the next steps in developing the group. Network member REAP won the tender to deliver admin support for the 2010-2011 and will aim to build on the success of previous Social Enterprise Awards Dinners and Community of Business events.

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Dates for the Diary

Ayrshire SEN, 23 Feb
Health SEN, 25th Feb
Stirlingshire SEN, 28th Feb
Dundee SEN, 9th March
Aberdeen SEN, 11th March
5th Annual ‘Fit for Purpose: Social Enterprise and Public Health Conference’, 18th March
Voice 2011, 30th March



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