Networks1st Update: Friday 19th July 2013

This year’s Social Enterprise Conference and Ceilidh will take place on 14th and 15th November at the Westerwood Hotel near Cumbernauld. We’ll be running the event in closer association with Social Firms Scotland (SFS) and Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) – as part of our Supporting Social Enterprise (SSE) Alliance. The event will, as always, focus on the work of the SENs with a blend of thematic and local activity. There will be a number of changes to the programme this year but we’ll also be sticking with some of the old favourites including the ‘Dragon’s Den’. We’ll be taking bookings during August.

The Scottish Government have launched Youth Employment Scotland which is an Employer Recruitment Incentive (ERI) targeted at young unemployed people age 16 – 24.  It will fund 50% of the cost of employing a young person on National Minimum Wage for 6 months.  Jobs must be between 25 hours and 40 hours. No other costs can be claimed i.e. NI, travel, training or management fees.  You can supplement this if you wish or your Local Authority might provide some additional funding. See,

The Early Years Framework published in December 2008, signified an important milestone in encouraging partnership working to deliver a shared commitment to giving children the best start in life and to improving the life chances of children, young people and families at risk.  The objective of the Early Years Collaborative (EYC) is to accelerate the conversion of the high level principles set out in GIRFEC (Getting It Right For Every Child) and the Early Years Framework into practical action. See,

CRISIS has recently been awarded their second year contract for GIRFEC with North Ayrshire Council and Argyll & Bute Council has extended their third year with CRISIS. See case study, To ensure that Social Enterprises are kept in mind of the ambition of the Early Years Collaborative, Senscot would like to hear about any social enterprises working with children and their families. Please contact Danielle at

Last week, Firstport, launched the Founders Fund, an annual seed fund to give one young entrepreneur the funding needed to launch or develop a social enterprise idea.  Firstport set up the fund after realising that its existing clients felt passionate about giving others the opportunity they have had to be founders of their own social ventures. Using an online crowd funding platform, the Founders Fund invited social entrepreneurs across Scotland to dig deep in their pockets to encourage a new generation of bright young sparks to make a career in social enterprise. See,

The early bird rates have been extended for the Social Enterprise Policy Event organised by CEiS which takes place on Wednesday 4th September at the Radisson Hotel, Glasgow.  The programme is now available and includes sessions on – Welfare Reform; Preventative Spend and Procurement Reform. The early bird rate is £99 + VAT for social enterprises and £139 + VAT for non-social enterprises. See,

The closing date for expressions of interest for the next round of Third Sector Internships Scotland (TSIS) will close on the 1st August these Interns will start in January 2014. TSIS aims to support students, undergraduates and post graduates from all Scottish universities to find paid work experience in the third sector. A number of SEN members have already benefited from the project and feedback has been really positive. See,


TENDERS: A National Orchard Inventory for Scotland and Building Knowledge about the Creative Sector in the South of Scotland. For more details, see  Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

SKILLS: Skills Development Scotland has a new team whose role is specifically to support employers to achieve a skilled workforce within their organisation. As well as a web resource and training opportunities, there is a team of dedicated advisors based across the country – check out

FUNDING: Keep Scotland Beautiful have just launched their Climate Challenge Fund “Ideas Bank” – it allows organisations to propose their great idea and for smaller community groups to get on board and deliver it in their own area – check here for more details –

NETWORKING: The Fintry Community Garden Networking Event takes place on15th August in Fintry. It will involve practical hands-on sensory and wildlife gardening activities as well as learning how to record biodiversity with volunteers. There will be opportunities to network with others who are involved with the field of community gardening and hear more about the work of the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, Trellis and the Fintry Development Trust. See,

POSTCARDS: As part of the Mental Health Arts and Film Festival 2013 The Gallery on the Corner invites artists to take part in an open exhibition exploring themes surrounding mental health. Each artist is asked to create a piece of artwork, in any media, on postcard-size MDF. See,

Case Study: Murieston United – Sport SEN

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Dates for the Diary

Moray SEN, 7th August
Glasgow SEN, 7th August
Angus SEN, 8th August
Fife SEN, 20th August
Dundee SEN, 22nd August
Edinburgh SEN, 23rd August
Sport SEN East, 27th August
Aberdeen SEN Hot Seat Session, 29th August
DGSEN AGM, 12th September


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