Networks1st Update: Friday 1st February 2013

This week we welcomed our new member of staff, Danielle Trudeau. Danielle’s role will be that of SE and Health Co-ordinator and will be working out of our Edinburgh office (Manor Place). With the increasing volume of activity around the work of both the Health SEN and Roundtable, it is going to be a real bonus having a dedicated member of staff keeping abreast of developments. Danielle will also be devoting time to rekindling the Community Food SEN that has not met since last summer. The SE and Health post is funded by the Govt`s Third Sector Division and Public Health and Sport Directorate – and will run, initially, until March 2015. You can contact Danielle at

 Good news this week from West Lothian. The Council has agreed to fund the development of the West Lothian SEN – £50k for 2013/14. More on this next week. Wednesday, this week, saw the first meeting of the newly formed South Ayrshire SEN. 12 social enterprises attended the meeting at The Carrick Centre in Maybole, see Having shared workplans of other SENs, the social enterprises in South Ayrshire are keen to grow the membership and develop their own workplan. This will start with a directory of social enterprise in the area. For more info`, contact The SE and sports community in Scotland continues to grow – Sport SEN now has over 60 members. Interesting article from Australia describing many sports organisations as ‘accidental social enterprises’ – in that they have clear social/community outcomes; seek financial viability – but often lack the  strategic and organisational intent that would help them maximise their social/community benefits. The SE and Sport Initiative looks to address this very point by raising awareness and brokering/ signposting development opportunities for Sport SEN members – aiding their sustainability as well as increasing their social impact. See, Creative Internships is a new programme which will create 80 paid internships for unemployed graduates (aged 24 and under) with a qualification relevant to the creative and arts industries. Internships will be available to eligible employers across Scotland and will cover the full spectrum of the arts and creative industries – offering young people 13-week opportunities in charities and SMEs. For more info’, see South Side Community Centre Association (Edinburgh) contacted Senscot this week to highlight an opportunity for a social enterprise interested in running a community café at their Centre. The Centre boasts a substantial kitchen facility and café dining space. The kitchen is fully operational and provides all essential equipment for service. For more info’, see Over the coming weeks, SEN members will notice some changes to the Networks 1st website. We`re going through a‘re-vamp’ and will be developing the new layout and design as the weeks go by. Our apologies for an inconvenience but, hopefully, the new look site will provide an improved and more ‘user-friendly’ level of resource and information available to SEN members. If you have any comments/observations, please contact Places are still available for this year`s SE Exchange on 21st March at the SECC in Glasgow. See latest Programme, To book, see Notices TENDERS: Creative Media Design – Ochils Landscape Partnership Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter WORKSHOPS: Just Enterprise has some advanced tender writing workshops coming up in Edinburgh and Kilmarnock. These are free to enterprising third sector organisations. See, INEQUALITY: Glasgow-based social enterprise media co-op has been commissioned to make a year-long series of films for the Scottish Government’s pioneering experiment to fight inequality. A short film has been embedded on our website. See, SURVEY: The ALLIANCE is currently gathering ideas from current and potential members about what they can offer their members now and in the future. They’d really appreciate a few minutes of your time to tell them what they’re doing well and how they could support you and work together better. See, TRAINING: Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living have published their training update for Spring 2013. The Living and Work Choices and Essential Employer Skills Course Courses are delivered free for disabled people. See, OPENING: A reminder that this evening is the launch of the exhibition by Richard Kosek at the Gallery on the Corner. See,   Case Study: Timespan Museum and Arts Centre – Cultural & Creative SEN Download full case study here Dates for the Glasgow SEN, 6th FebruaryAberdeen SEN, 14th FebruaryFife SEN, 14th FebruaryStart-Up SEN, 20th FebruarySports SEN East, 26th FebruaryStirlingshire SEN, 4th MarchDundee SEN, 6th MarchSports SEN North, 13th March Cheers, To unsubscribe or change subscription address, e-mail with subject Networks 1st.