Networks1st Update: Friday 1st April 2011

Exciting visit to London this week with a delegation of Youth SEN members. Our purpose was two fold: to link up with the Youth Commission for Social Enterprise, based in Bethnal Green; and also to attend Voice 11 at the O2 Arena. Part 1 was an outstanding success (see below). Part 2 is a hard call. In many respects, the size and scale of the event reflects how far social enterprise has come in recent years. On the other hand, there’s a real sense that the event has become too corporate – swarming with the private sector and Intermediaries; workshops run by `big names`  rather than frontline social enterprises (as it used to be) – plus the fact that the O2 Arena was absolutely freezing! Let’s hope our S2S event doesn’t veer down the same path.

The key part of the visit was to take up an invite extended at last year’s S2S event from The Youth Commission for Social Enterprise ( ).  The Commission was founded by leading young social entrepreneurs in 2007. Their work, to date, has included getting social enterprise on the curriculum in schools; hosting round table events with public and private sector bodies, running workshops and seminars in colleges and job centres as well as conducting specific pieces of research.  The Commission is lead by young people for young people – an ethos that the Youth SEN intends to share. Most importantly, we agreed an outline for future collaboration with an event scheduled for Edinburgh or Glasgow in June/July. We’ll keep you posted on progress.

The Sport SEN National Conference is now scheduled for Wednesday 1st June at the Stirling Management Centre ( Diane Cameron (Social Enterprise and Sport Co-ordinator) is working with SEN members on the programme for the day. We expect to have more news shortly. For more info`, contact


RFB: The latest Ready for Business Brief is now available which includes stories like First Green Skills Academy Opens in Dumfries, more about procurement and Community Benefit Clauses, Standardising makes procurement process easier for Social Enterprise, New South Glasgow Hospital gives rise to community led opportunities, Ready for Business nominated for prestigious award.  See here for more

SURVEY: Scottish Orchards thought it would be interesting to do a timed survey to get a snapshot of growing projects and initiatives, big and small, private or public at this time when the Government Census is being carried out.  See here to answer a short survey.

EVENTS: Scotland’s Leading Volunteer Management Qualifications Invitation to our new Information Session on 19th April 2011 at 10.00am – 12noon.  Volunteer Development Scotland is offering a free opportunity to find out more about our range of unique learning courses and qualifications available to develop and enhance your volunteer coordination and management.  To book and for more information see

Just a quick reminder of our Thrive Business Networking Events in Edinburgh for business-to-business SMEs. We have a Trial Package at reduced rates for companies interested in more than one event, see more details and to book see

Case Study: Youth SEN

The Youth SEN launched at S2S 2010 with a workshop and Youth Pitch to the Dragons. Since then it has met regularly, hosted a Chinese delegation on a study visit and attended Voice 11 in London.  The SEN is for young people working in, starting up or managing social enterprises.

Dates for the Diary

East Lothian, 10th April
Ayrshire SEN, 13th April
D&G SEN, 14th April
Stirlingshire SEN, 18th April
Dundee SEN, 27th April



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