Networks1st Update: Friday 20th April 2012

Two important dates for your diary; 14th June – the 6th ‘Fit for Purpose: SE and Health’; and 21st June – the 2nd SE and Sport Conference. Both events are to be held in Glasgow: ‘Fit for Purpose’ at the Teacher’s Building in St Enoch’s Sq; and SE and Sport in the Trades Hall in Glassford St. Both conferences provide an opportunity for social enterprises not only to connect with each other but also to raise awareness amongst public sector delegates on the contribution SEs can make within their local communities. To book your place at the events, see or A significant development in terms of opening up opportunities for SEN members with regard to public sector contracts will be the introduction of the Sustainable Procurement Bill. Scottish Govt will be consulting on this over the coming year. Pauline Graham (Social Firms Scotland) is the SE guru on this matter. She has put together a briefing paper with response form. If you can get comments back to Pauline for 27th April. See, Both GSEN and Edinburgh SEN have recently produced Directories of their respective members. Together, they show more than 100 social enterprises working across both cities providing a wide range of activities and services that cover employability, arts, sport, the elderly and young people. See, and  Cultural and Creative SEN member, Hoda Productions launched Rock Operator, a game design and app development project, at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. The evening included a pedal-powered screening of the movie ‘Rock Opera’ on Salisbury Crags. The project seeks to raise awareness of the history of geology, the accessibility of much of our heritage and simultaneously promote active learning and engagement with the outdoors in urban environment – using GPS technology and music. See,
As part of its services, Firstport has developed a bespoke site for start-up social enterprises – full of practical information for SEs at an early stage of development. Startbright – – provides guides, templates and other resources for emerging social entrepreneurs.  They are looking to build a ‘pool’ of suppliers. For more, contact  
Firstport has also been in discussions with Senscot with a view to the establishment of a new SEN for start up social entrepreneurs. The first meeting of the new SEN will be in early June. For info’, contact

To date, three SENs have signed up as ‘supporters’ of the SE Code of Practice – Dundee, Edinburgh and Dumfries and Galloway. We’d be delighted if other SENs wished to register their support and, importantly, encourage their respective members to register as ‘subscribers’. To do so, see  Remember – to sign up as a ‘subscriber’, you require TWO SPONSORS. Social Enterprise Scotland, this week, announced the appointment of Fraser Kelly as their new CEO. Fraser has been acting on an interim basis in recent months so will be able to take up the post with immediate effect. Congratulations to Fraser. See,  Notices

OPPORTUNITY: Scotland’s Colleges have until Monday 30 April 2012 to bid for additional funding to get more young people into jobs. A requirement of the funding is to provide valuable work experience – a minimum of 192 work experience hours to enhance learners’ understanding of the workplace. See if this is of interest contact
 TENDERS: This week’s tenders include Nursery Services, Provision of Refectory & Cleaning Services in Inverness, Refurbishment Works for Sense Scotland and Supply of Ergonomic Furniture. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter  EXHIBITION: the gallery on the corner and Artlink Central invites you to join them in the opening of their 2012 Creative Leaver exhibition. Featuring work from various Stirling High Schools as part of Artlink Central and Stirling Council’s Arts and Transition Programme. See, OPEN DAY: Crags Community Sports Centre is having a community open day on the 21st of April. Find out more on the activities on offer and tell them your views on how the centre should be used. See, FIRST AID TRAINING: Respite Now, in partnership with 4ARC Training, has released details of the schedule of courses in 2012. See, EVENT: Assist Social Capital is having a free Educational Entrepreneurship Follow Up Event on the 4th May at Oatridge College. See,  Case Study: Visions Leisure (Sport SEN) Download full case study here  Dates for the Diary  Community Food SEN, 24th AprilGlasgow SEN, 4th MayHealth SEN, 8th MayInverclyde SEN, 9th MayFife SEN, 9th MayDundee SEN, 9th MayAberdeenshire, 10th MayDGSEN, 10th MayStirlingshire SEN, 15th MayFit For Purpose Conference, 14th JuneSport SEN Conference, 21st June Cheers,  To unsubscribe or change subscription address, e-mail with subject Networks 1st.