Networks1st Update: Friday 1st July 2011

Networks1st attended the SFHA Community Regeneration and Social Enterprise Conference in Stirling this week. The event focused on how Housing Associations could use social enterprise as a model to respond to the looming issues facing communities today. Taking place on the day the Christie Commission published their report, David Ogilvie (one time of SSEC) outlined the stark reality of shrinking public funding, growing poverty, an aging population and a public services infrastructure creaking at the seams. The consensus on the day was that a radical re-think was required that looked at what services would be needed in the future. This would include building better relationships with commissioners and developing a more appropriate procurement process. Presentations included Ken Milroy’s (Aberdeen Foyer)  ‘What An Age Friendly City Looks Like’ –  a particular slant on building resilient communities that can help older people stay at home and be cared for in a supportive environment. Here’s a link to the presentations from the conference.

News this week that the Scottish Govt has now signed off the new Community Jobs Scotland Project.  The Project is a partnership between our own Coalition and SCVO and involves the creation of 2,000 jobs across 32 Local Authority areas. They are keen to get the ball rolling in August and September, so if you are interested and able to create jobs by Aug/Sept, initial bids have to be in by 12 noon on Friday 8 July 2011.  See

Earlier this month, we hosted Scotland’s first national Conference on Social Enterprise and Sport in Stirling. See Conference Report and Feedback survey,

More success for Impact Arts and their Director, Susan Aktemel. The attached press release tells us that Susan has been named as a winner in the social category of Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Scotland 2011. She will go forward to compete for the highly coveted UK Entrepreneur of the Year in the social enterprise category in London in October. This follows on from her recent short listing in the Social Enterprise Coalition Awards; taking up the chair/convenorship of Glasgow SEN; and, of course, her recent appointment to the Board of our Coalition. Well done to Susan – she’s clearly on a bit of a roll at the moment. See,

INTRA-TRADING: Networks 1st will be running a regular feature on our Intra-Trading website which has been updated to include a search for suppliers.  The page can be used to place requests to buy products and services from SEN members. You can also advertise what you supply, so other SE’s can buy from you. If you have any requests for features or have any suggestions for the website please email or leave feedback on Networks 1st Facebook page. See

The RBS SE100 Index has announced its awards shortlist for 2011. The Index measures annual growth, turnover and social impact in the UK social enterprise community. Scotland’s sole representative this year is the Wise Group. See list,

More news of staff movement amongst social enterprise intermediaries – Norman Hill is leaving Firstport. Here’s a message from the Board. See,


TENDERS: Care at Home Services for Adults and Older People, Supply Of Web Content Management Services, Storage/Collection/Transport/ Reuse or Recycling of Materials, Stress and Anxiety Service in North West Glasgow.  See more at

EVENTS: Bookings are open for the CEiS Annual Conference, Wednesday 7th September 2011, Radisson Hotel, Glasgow.  Local, National, International. Following the success of 2010, this year’s Scottish social enterprise conference will feature: a range of outstanding Scottish, UK & International presenters and leaders, the key issues for discussion, debate and action for social enterprise today, an introduction to the strategic Scottish Government priorities for social enterprise 2011-15. See more

This years Callander Highland Games Hill Race courtesy of Callander Sport and Adventure Project and supported by the Round Table and Killin Mountain Rescue Team, is a spectacular and challenging new route of ten kilometres (plus a wee bit more) that awaits runners of varied abilities and takes in tracks, forests, rivers and spectacular scenery including the iconic Bracklinn Falls Bridge.  See more

COMPETITION: Do you have a head for business?  Do you have a heart for the community?  Social Enterprise Alliance Midlothian (SEAM) are looking for a few good social entrepreneurs to enter Midlothian’s first Social Enterprise Dragon’s Den competition.  The winner will receive £4000 start up investment!  Closing date for entries: Friday 30th September, 2011.  For an application form and further information see 

FUNDRAISING SUPPORT: An experienced fundraiser specialising in Trusts & Foundations who has a bit of spare capacity (1 or 2 days a week) to help groups, especially those, in and around the Lothian’s which might like/need: either to improve their own bid writing, setting up fundraising systems or who might need a bit of support to write a bid either to a specific funder or who aren’t sure where to go for funding in the first place.  See more

Case Study: Sport SEN

From its inaugural meeting in 2005 and subsequent national events at Airth Castle, the Sport Social Enterprise Network has continued to promote wide understanding of connections between sustainability and community ownership with increased participation in sport and physical activity.

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Dundee SEN, 6th July
Clacks SEN, 9th August



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