Networks1st Update: Friday 18th January 2013

Eric Peebles (Dundee City Council) this week presented the new Dundee Social Enterprise Development Strategy to the SEN last week.  Eric has worked closely with DSEN members and key stakeholders to develop this document and also announced that a Development Board has been set up to oversee the delivery of actions set out in the Strategy. The Development Board will consist of reps from DSEN, Dundee City Council, elected members and the private sector.   In terms of their definition of social enterprise, Dundee City Council has adopted the Scottish 5 Criteria that has been aligned within the SE Code of Practice. See Strategy here,

We’re delighted to announce that our new Social Enterprise and Health Co-ordinator will be taking up post on Monday, 28th Jan. Danielle Trudeau joins Senscot from Autism Initiatives UK where she was manager at the Hermitage in Edinburgh. Danielle will be supporting the work of the Health SEN and Roundtable. You can contact Danielle at

The Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) Social Business Award was launched last Friday. The Award has been possible as a result of support from GSEN and will recognise the best concept for a social business.  It is open to undergraduate students from 3rd year upwards, postgraduate students and recent graduates (within 1 year) of Glasgow Caley. The winner will travel to visit and learn from relevant leading international and Scottish social enterprise leaders as well as accessing help in developing their business concept.

From 1st April, a new Third Sector Interface will take over delivery of services to social enterprises in Dumfries and Galloway from DGSEN and applications are now open for membership of the new body. It’s vital that social enterprises are well represented within the new structure to ensure that support needs, information and representation continue to be met. A new Board of Directors will be recruited from the membership in due course, so consider whether you might be interested in putting yourself forward for that important governance role. For more info, including the facility to sign up on line, see

A new Arts and Creative Industries Graduate Internships Programme has been launched –  creating 80 paid internships for unemployed graduates aged 24 and under with a qualification relevant to the creative and arts industries. Internships will be available to eligible employers across Scotland and will cover the full spectrum of the arts and creative industries and will offer young people paid 13-week opportunities in charities and SMEs. See,

Are you concerned with how your organisation will be affected by the Welfare Reform? Do you have an interest in sports’ events and social enterprise? What are your feelings about public service reform? Do you believe in personalisation of social care? Have you considered future proofing? Are you involved in social enterprise and renewable energy? If you are interested in any of these topics then you should be attending The Social Enterprise Exchange. The draft programme is now available and for more information and to book your place, visit


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EXHIBITION: The Gallery on the Corner is hosting an opening for Ryszard Kosek’s first UK exhibition of work specifically painted for the GotC. Event takes place on the evening of Friday 1st Feb. See,

TRAINING: The Social Enterprise Academy has an extensive learning programme taking place in the Highlands & Islands. With programmes on Social Impact Measurement, Understanding Social Enterprise change and more taking place from this month through to April. See,

BURNS SUPPER: On the 9th Feb, The Engine Shed is hosting a fund raising Burn Supper. Tickets are on sale now and the evening will include a 4 course meal, whiskey & wine and the world famous Burns impersonator, Chris Tait. See,

NEWS: Community Business Scotland Network announced that following recent fundraising efforts a librarian has been initially contracted to enable the start of the archiving and cataloguing of what is hoped will become an extensive Social Enterprise collection. This will act as a nucleus for further books and papers charting the history of social enterprise. See,

Case Study: The Space – Sports SEN

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Dates for the Diary

Sports Round Table, 23rd January
Cultural & Creative SEN, 23rd January
Edinburgh SEN, 24th January
Stirlingshire SEN, 25th January
Aberdeenshire SEN, 30th January
Dundee SEN, 30th January
South Ayrshire, 30th January
Inverclyde, 31st January
Glasgow SEN, 6th February
Sports SEN East, 26th February



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