Networks1st Update: Friday 18th May 2012

21st June sees our 2nd annual sports focused conference entitled "Social Enterprise & Sport – It Delivers!"  With over 50 active Sport SEN members, their combined impact is vast. Sport SEN members use sport as a vehicle for youth diversionary activities; education programmes; pathways to employability; and health and wellness activities. Those who own or manage facilities can also fulfil the role of community anchor organisations.  The conference will be a showcase for members plus an opportunity to share views and tackle the key issues affecting our sector.  To book a place, see

Over recent years, Senscot has developed a strong relationship with colleagues from Northern Ireland (NI). Marie Marin and colleagues from Employers for Childcare have been regular attendees at the SE Conference and Ceilidh. In November, Marie will be back – this time with a delegation from NI as part of a three day study visit to Scotland. This is part of an agreed ‘Exchange Programme’, supported by both Scottish Govt and their counterparts in NI. The ‘Exchange’ will kick off with a study visit to NI by members of our SE community, made up of SEN Reps and Intermediaries. We’ll be in touch with more info soon. See,

Edinburgh SEN member, Edinburgh Cyrenians, received an award last week for their pioneering work in preventing homelessness through social enterprise. The Cyrenians scooped the ‘Social Enterprise Tackling Poverty Impact Award’ against stiff competition from more mainstream organisations at the 2012 Scottish Business in the Community awards.  See,

On Wednesday 20th June, Stirlingshire SEN and Clackmannanshire SEN are meeting up for a joint networking event.  Opening the doors to social enterprises from across Forth Valley, the SENs see this as a great opportunity for both SEs and the SENs to get to know each other and explore if, together, they can tackle some common issues.  If you are an SE in Forth Valley and not linked into either SEN but would like to get involved, contact

Closing date for the SSE/Lloyds Social Entrepreneurs Programme is Monday 28th May. 17 places are available on the Scottish Programme which will run in Edinburgh, starting in October 2012. See details,

Borders SEN member,Bookdonors, this week launched their new retail website – . If you want to buy a book, why not skip Amazon, and go straight to Bookdonors new site where you can purchase all your books directly from a SEN member – with over 180,000 books listed online.

Senscot Legal has been involved in an increasing number of employment cases on behalf of social enterprises and third sector orgs. This is an area that can present significant challenges for both large and small employers – such as, disciplinary/grievance issues, performance management, disability/other discrimination, redundancy process and selection. Senscot Legal offers a service that can review policies, procedures and company documents – as well as giving advice on specific situations. If Senscot Legal can be of any help, contact Alan or Karina at

Argyll and Bute SEN is the latest of the ‘constituted’ SENs to sign up as a ‘supporter’ OF the SE Code of Practice. SEs are invited to ‘subscribe’ to the Code – with the sponsorship of two existing subscribers. Other organisations or individuals are invited to ‘support’ the Code – which requires no sponsorship. For more, see, 


TENDERS: This week’s tenders include Provision of Interpretation Services, Creative Scotland – Impact Evaluation for London 2012 programme, Pitlochry Festival Theatre Feasibility Study and Work Experience and Employer Engagement Service. For more details, see  Join the Linked-In group at  and follow on Twitter

WORKSHOPS: Argyll & Bute SEN advise us that there are free workshops being run by Business Gateway in Argyll and Bute during 2012 and 2013. To book a place call the Business Gateway Team on 01546 605459 or send an e-mail to – For dates, see

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT: A consultation on proposals to integrate adult health and social care has been launched with a series of events to involve and receive the input of health and social care professionals. See,

WOMEN INTO PUBLIC LIFE: 24 women in Argyll and Bute are being given a chance to make a difference in their communities through free leadership training sessions.
Participants will be able to take advantage of a free four day development programme backed up with ongoing mentoring support. See,

REDEVELOPMENT: On 26 / 27th May, Wasps Studios are having an opening launch weekend of their newly redeveloped studios at Meadow Mill in Dundee. See,

Case Study: Evolution Skate Park (Sport SEN)

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Dates for the Diary

Dundee SEN AGM, 30th May
Borders SEN Sports Meeting, 30th May
Borders SEN, 31st May
Fit for Purpose, 14th June
Stirlingshire / Clackmannanshire Networking Event, 20th Jun
Sport Conference, 21st June



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