Networks1st Update: Friday 1st March 2013

Senscot spent a couple of days at the Gathering this week – mainly through our involvement in the work of the Health SEN and Roundtable. We participated in the ‘World Café’ Discussions – what’s hot in health and social care & what it means for the third sector – with particular focus on ‘Joint Strategic Commissioning’. The event also saw the Youth Employment Minister, Angela Constance announce the extension of the Community Jobs Scotland Programme. An extra £5.5m will create a further 1000 jobs as well as extending eligibility to 24 year olds. See,

Next Tuesday, 5th March, Edinburgh SEN (ESEN) will be hosting the second annual Social Enterprise Edinburgh (SEE) Summit at the Grassmarket Community Project. This year’s Summit starts with an afternoon seminar on ‘Effective Customer Engagement’ and ends with a networking reception. Keynote speaker is Mark Bradley of The Fan Experience. The summit is supported by the City of Edinburgh Council – and already over 30 local SEs have signed up. If you’d like to attend, see

Mentioned a couple of weeks ago that West Lothian SEN is to receive £50k from WL Council for 2013/14. See press release,

A number of SENs are currently ‘mapping’ the size and scale of their local SE community. Last week, we highlighted Glasgow SEN’s survey –
This week, Dumfries and Galloway (D&GSEN) is also asking those SEs in the Dumfries and Galloway to take 5 minutes to fill in the linked form. See,

Congratulations to our colleagues at Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) this week launched their new TV station – Social Enterprise Scotland TV. The new service is an online channel devoted to social enterprise – containing short films from a wide variety of social enterprises across Scotland. If you’ve got a short film you’d like included, contact . For more, see

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) is recruiting again for their Social Entrepreneur Start-up Programme – run in partnership with Lloyds Banking Group (£4k grants). There is also the ‘scale up’ programme (£15k grants). Deadline for applications is Wed, 3rd April – with two ‘open days’ taking place in Edinburgh (27th Feb) and Glasgow (5th March). See details,

Moray SEN member, Down to Earth Solutions, supports self-build as a way to own an affordable eco-home of your own. They are running a survey (10 mins max) looking at issues like: What do you want in a home? What matters most? Why do you think it’s so difficult to get on to the housing ladder? Do you actually want to? There’s also a chance to WIN a £50 gift voucher or one of two £20 iTunes vouchers. See,

Three weeks to go till the Exchange and Early Bird rates are still available to SEN members – £50 plus VAT – as well as bursary places for smaller SEs – £20 per delegate. For eligibility, see . NB: only one bursary place per organisation will be considered. See full programme,


TENDERS: Social Enterprise Hotel in Inverness and Counselling Service for Employees of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

PROGRAMME: The Social Enterprise Academy is holding a fully funded Intensive Social Enterprise Planning Programme in Glasgow starting from 6th March. This intensive business planning programme is an essential 4-module programme for individuals or third sector organisations looking to establish a sustainable and thriving social enterprise. See,

OPEN DAY: Remake Scrapstore are holding an open day on Sunday 24 March from 2-5pm. Join them for cake and a look around the new premises. There will be a special goody bag for the first 10 to join the Remake Scrapstore which officially opens on 1st April. See

FREE CONSULTANCY: The Scottish Government will be running an ‘analytical consultancy’ scheme to support third sector organisations. As part of a programme of CPD for analytical staff in the Scottish Government, they want to identify very short, sharp projects where statistical or analytical skills could make a difference to your organisation. See,

FOR HIRE: Creative Stirling CIC is a community interest company based in Stirling’s Old Town Jail. As a not-for-profit, volunteer organisation they have focused on developing a creative hub with space and facilities for hire to support creative and cultural industries, as well as the broader community. See,

Case Study: Media co-op – Cultural & Creative SEN

Download full case study, see

Dates for the Diary

Stirlingshire SEN, 4th March
Dundee SEN, 6th March
Health SEN, 7th March
Sports SEN North, 13th March
Fife SEN, 10th April
Sports SEN West, 18th April
Edinburgh SEN, 25th April



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