Networks1st Update: Friday 19th August 2011

This week, Senscot met with the Board of Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) to address issues of concern with regard to the engagement of social enterprise networks (SENs) with their local Interfaces. It was an opportunity, for both parties, to explore how we can work better together and, in particular parts of the country, ensure more productive working relationships. We have agreed a number of measures with VAS and Scottish Govt. These will set out in a joint letter within the next week or two.

Great turn out this week at the Glasgow SEN meeting. GSEN will be launching a Social Enterprise Strategy for Glasgow at the CEiS Conference in Glasgow on 7th September. CEiS /GSEN are a partner of the Glasgow Third Sector Interface and, having secured some resources for this financial year, are now in the process of developing an action plan to deliver on priorities arising from the Strategy. See,

D&G SEN held there first meeting since constituting at the Green Skills Academy in Dumfries this week. The Green Skills Academy set up by Scottish Gas is evidence of Scottish Gas` commitment to community benefits as part of their delivery of the Scottish Government’s Energy Assistance Programme (EAP). DGSEN has been offered the fantastic venue as meeting space in addition to bespoke training for social enterprise. Skills’ training for local unemployed is also available.  More details

We sent out info earlier this week re a series of workshops being organised by the Wise Group on the Enterprise Growth Fund (EGF). As a reminder, the workshops are all taking place next week (in Inverness, Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh) and will last approx 3hrs. Folk will also have the opportunity to have one-to-ones with EGF staff. If you’re interested in attending, get in quick as demand is high. See

Scottish Govt’s Third Sector Division (TSD) has a new leader – Yvonne Strachan – who will be out and about over the coming months introducing herself. The Division now has around 20 staff, split into 4 teams and has produced an excellent `Organogram`, showing who now does what. See,

Edinburgh SEN member Re-Union Canal Boats is hosting an event on Tuesday bat the Falkirk Stadium in partnership with the Helix Trust. The Helix Trust is overseeing a large development in the Grangemouth/Falkirk area and is keen to hear from social enterprises/entrepreneurs on ideas they may have. See more,
Congratulations to Clacks SEN member, Alloa Community Enterprise (ACE) in securing the contract with the Link Group to provide trade waste and recycling services to their offices in Falkirk and Edinburgh as well as recycling services to its office in Glasgow. See
Reminder – ABSEN is holding its annual conference on 5th /6th/7th October in Rothesay. See ABSEN Newsletter for details


TENDERS: Two separate tenders for Supply and Fit of floor coverings, Consultancy around the sports sector in Glasgow, Development of interactive and downloadable resources for use by nurses, midwifes and AHPs in NHSS, Garden Maintenance Scheme for Perth & Kinross council.  See more

INTRA-TRADING: A network member has been touch to see if there are any social enterprises that can offer training for adult support and vulnerable adults. This opportunity is available on the Intra-Trading website at Alternatively email for further information.

EVENT: Re-Union are working with The Helix Trust which is a big project in the Falkirk / Grangemouth area.  The Helix Project is based in a large parkland area around the canal which offers a great deal of opportunity for the community to get involved in economic, social and cultural activity and development.   See more

GUIDANCE: The Scottish Government funded a programme over 2 years to support the development of 10 Public Social Partnerships (PSP) in Scotland.  This guidance has been developed from these PSPs to provide information to public bodies and potential partners wishing use the model. See

HOT DESK: Real Work Skills owns the Aspire Business Centre in Irvine, an incubator unit for new start businesses.  The cost is £200 per calendar month and that includes all utility bills, wifi and broadband , a manned telephone service and reception desk and onsite parking. It is available to any new start social enterprise (or business) or social enterprise moving into the area.  See more

Case Study: Re-Union Canal Boats 

Re-Union Canal boats trades successfully on and around the Union canal.  They operate canal trips, provide training and volunteering opportunities as well as other canal side projects. 

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Argyll & Bute SEN, 22nd Aug
Stirling SEN, 22nd Aug
Aberdeen SEN, 23rd Aug
Inverclyde SEN, 23rd Aug
Cultural SEN, 24th Aug
Aberdeenshire SEN, 25th Aug
Fife SEM, 25th Aug
SEN Reps, 26th Aug
Health SEN, 1st Sep
West Lothian SEN, 1st Sep
Moray SEN Annual Conference, 9th Sep
Sports SEN, 13th Sep
East Lothian SEN, 16th Sep



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