Networks1st Update: Friday 1st June 2012

This month sees the launch of a new SEN – for Firstport awardees. The new SEN – no name yet – will be supported jointly by Firstport and Senscot with the aim of building a community of social entrepreneurs across Scotland. As with other SENs, its initial aim will be to provide a forum for start up social entrepreneurs – to share ideas, experiences and get peer-to-peer support. In time, members will have the opportunity to join local or thematic SENs. The inaugural meeting takes place on 27th June at the Glasgow Bike Station. For more info, contact .

Edinburgh SEN is currently looking to recruit a Network Co-ordinator whose role will include
supporting not only SEN members and but social enterprises across the city. Edinburgh SEN is a partner in the local Third Sector Interface and, over the last year, has seen its membership grow to 50 social enterprises. See job ad,

In recent months, both Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire SENs have been working more closely. As part of this developing relationship, Aberdeen SEN is hosting a speed networking event on 13th June, 3-5pm at Inspire.  The Management Group hope the event will not only create trading opportunities between the rural and city members but also lead to further partnership working between the respective SENs. For more info`, contact

Dundee SEN held their AGM this week. They would like to register their thanks and appreciation to both Lara Moir and Alex Fyffe, as they step down from the DSEN Committee, for their dedication and hard work.  During the last year, the Committee has worked hard to represent the network within the Dundee TSI and has managed to secure funds to allow them to employ a dedicated development officer. More info soon.

There are still a few places available for both our events taking place this month. First up is the 6th ‘Fit for Purpose: SE and Health Conference’ at Teachers Building in Glasgow, 14th June. See programme and booking,
The following week (21st June) in the Trades Hall, Glasgow, the 2nd national ‘SE and Sport Conference’ takes place. Again, for programme and booking, see . Both events are free to attend

With an increasing number of employment cases in recent months, Senscot Legal has decided to host a series of lunchtime seminars during June and July. The seminars (12noon -2pm) will include topics such as Employment Law Basics; Redundancy/Re-structuring/TUPE; Grievances & Disciplinary Procedures; Employment Tribunals; and Policy & Procedures Review. All the seminars will take place at Senscot Legal’s offices in Bath St, Glasgow. A light lunch will be provided. If you’d like to attend any of the seminars, contact . See details,

Deadline for applications to the SSE/Lloyds Social Entrepreneurs Programme has been extended till Monday 11th June. 17 places are available on the Scottish Programme – for start up SEs as well as those looking to scale up. Programme starts in October 2012. See details,


TENDERS: This week’s tenders include Supply of Glass Reprocessing Services in Stirlingshire, Grounds Maintenance Service in Inverclyde, Provision of a Cycle to Work Scheme in Glasgow and Construction of New Social Housing and Office Accommodation in Clacks. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

JOB: Firstport is looking to recruit a Bookkeeper and General Office Administrator. Post can be placed either in Edinburgh or Glasgow. See,

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Volunteer Development Scotland is inviting applications from people wishing to study towards the Volunteering Management Professional Development Award due to start in October 2012. See

JOINT SEN EVENT: Stirling and Clackmannanshire SENs are hosting a Joint Social Enterprise Event on the 20th June at Ascent Scotland, Stirling Enterprise Park, Stirling.
The event is for all social enterprises across the Forth Valley area. See

EVENT: Arts in Action – showcasing the work of the Grassmarket Community Project – Sat 9th June (11am-4pm) at St Columba’s by-the-Castle, 14 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh. Includes woodwork, arts, drama, music plus high quality crafted goods for sale by GROW Bake House and GROW Woodwork.

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Dates for the Diary

Edinburgh SEN, 7th June
Aberdeen / Aberdeenshire Networking Event, 13th June
Fit for Purpose: SE and Health Conference, 14th June
Cultural & Creative SEN, 19th June
Stirlingshire / Clackmannanshire Joint SEN Event, 20th June
SE and Sport Conference, 21st June
Fife SEN, 28th June



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