Networks1st Update: Friday 19th October 2012

The 2nd National Cultural SEN Conference takes place on 31st October at the Birnam Institute, by Dunkeld. The event will see the launch of the Social Enterprise and Culture Roundtable`s ‘Position Paper’ – along similar lines to the ‘Papers’ produced by the Health and Sport Roundtables. The day will include a panel discussion cover topics such as – promoting the role of arts in the public sector; how can we help cultural orgs realise they are part of the SE community; what support is available; and procurement- opportunities for smaller orgs. Panellists will include Heather Stuart (VOCAL), Rachel Brown (Impact Arts) and Tony Butler (Museum of East Anglian Life). Places are still available. To book, see To download full programme, see

A couple of weeks later (on 15th/16th Nov), the 8th SE Conference and Ceilidh takes place at its usual venue in New Lanark. To book, see The programme is just about finalised – just a couple of details to add. Places are still available and we’d be delighted to see as many of the 23 SENs as possible represented this year – and to give a warm welcome to the delegation from Northern Ireland who will be joining us for this year’s event. See programme here,

Also, as a reminder, the closing date for Dragons’ Den entries – with a prize of £5k – is Friday, 26th October. To enter, see

‘JUST the Business’ has produced a new ‘Guide to Social Enterprise Planning’. The Guide has been tailored to suit the business planning needs of social enterprises and links the process involved in planning with the structure of a social enterprise plan. The Guide costs £15.00 – with proceeds being donated to the Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland) fund. The Fund was established with archive donations from the late John Pearce and is currently housed at the Glasgow Caledonian University library. If you’d like to purchase The Guide, see

Dundee SEN this week launched their new website – see Also, see their October Newsletter, see

Dundee SEN is also hosting a series of legal workshops in partnership with Senscot Legal. The session takes place on 8th November with the topic being – Procurement and TUPE: Employment implications. A second session is scheduled for December on Governance – date to be confirmed. See,

SEN members may be interested in a new initiative from the Co-operative. In its aim to be the UK’s most socially responsible business, their 100,000 staff will be offering two days volunteering (during their working hours) in their local communities. The initiative begins its roll out this week. For more, see

There’s still a week left to enter Social Vision, Triodos Bank’s social enterprise photography competition. Prizes include £1,000 for the overall winner and 12 of the best photos will feature in a calendar celebrating the work of social enterprise in the UK and Ireland. It’s free to enter and only takes a few minutes to submit your photo.


TENDERS: This week’s tenders include Garden Assistance Scheme in North Lanarkshire, Catering Services in Aberdeen, Glasgow Addiction Services Employability Project and Landscape and Winter Maintenance in Edinburgh. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

ANIMATION: Scotmid Cooperative commissioned Media co-op to produce an animated infographic to explain to the public what membership of Scotmid means and where it can take you. See,

CELEBRATIONS: Voluntary Action Fund will be holding a series of regional celebratory events to mark their 30th Anniversary. See,

MORAY SEN: A short and inspiring video of Moray Social Enterprise Networks’ Annual Gathering and Awards Ceremony 2012 is now available to view. Also, the members directory is now available to download. See,

INTERNS: Firstport are running a programme which can give you access to a small team of interns to research opportunities or looking for solutions to problems that your organisation is currently facing. See,

SAVE THE DATE:  Community Central Hall will be launching their new environmental project Maryhill Climate Challenge on the 29th of November. See,

Case Study: Scottish Community Boat Festival – Cultural & Creative SEN

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Moray SEN, 24th October
Start-up SEN (Virtual), 31st October
Dundee SEN, 31st October
Borders SEN, 30th October
Cultural Conference, 31st October
Glasgow SEN, 1st November
Senscot Ceilidh, 15th & 16th November
DGSEN, 29th November



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