Networks1st Update: Friday 20th August 2010

The whole issue of SEN participation in Single Interfaces has been to the fore over the last couple of weeks. Our understanding now is that 11 SENs are either partners or in discussions to become partners, with some planning to participate in the up and coming SVA Learning events. If you are, please make sure to confirm places with your local CVS. ( We’re also aware of another Interface event being organised by CVS and VC Networks in Glasgow in October (see details, Senscot has been told that organisers are prepared to consider a block booking on behalf of SEN members. If you’re interested, contact
Alternatively, SENs may consider holding their own event on this issue?

Senscot Legal Services (SLS) is now open for business. SLS has been set up to provide Scotland’s social enterprise community and wider third sector with accessible and affordable legal services. Our lead solicitor, Alan Dunipace, is now in post and operating from new premises in Bath Street in Glasgow. Alan will be out and about over the next couple of weeks making some initial contacts. If you’d like to make contact, you can reach him at See more,

Clacks SEN emerged out of the Kilncraigs Incubator Unit in Alloa, back in 2007. Since the Unit’s closure last year, SEN members have been looking to establish a new hub that would allow them to continue to provide a shared workspace for aspiring and established social enterprises. This initiative has now taken its first steps and the original members have moved into new shared office space at the Alloa Business Centre in the town. The SEN is now constituted through the Model Rules; has become a partner in the local Single Interface; and, this week, launched its own website – thanks to the work of SEN Administrator, Ronnie James – see  . The Network plan to develop the hub further as it has space for other enterprises and a training facility. For more info about accessing the hub, contact 
GRANT: ‘see me’ is Scotland’s national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination of mental ill health. ‘see me’ is looking for ideas which can change people’s attitudes towards mental ill health. If your idea is picked, your organisation will receive a grant of up to £5,000 to turn your idea into a reality.  See here for more
EVENTS: The Wise Group has registered its interest to act as a provider OF THE UK Govt’s new Work Programme in Scotland from 2011 and is holding a series of events to engage with potential partners and key stakeholders in the welfare field. The events will take place over the next month at five locations. If you’d like to participate, see
TRAINING: CEiS are running a Free – Tender Training Workshop in Aberdeen on 2nd, 9th and 16th Sept and still have a number of spaces available.  The courses are targeted at those organisations who have some experience of tendering but who are looking to improve their success rate. See more
Crisis Counselling: Major Incident one day training course will enhance the knowledge of  HR, Local Authority & Health Managers, Mental Health Practitioners, Faith Leaders, Media, Security and others who may be deployed to, or be required to Manage staff in the event of a Major Incident ,or manage Business Continuity and Community Resilience see more

NING: Due to a change in structure and terms with the provider, the Ning site will be closing down as of this weekend.  All the information will still be available through the Networks 1st website so you won’t be missing out on anything. 

Case Study: Clackmannanshire SEN

Set up in May 2007, Clackmannanshire Social Enterprise Network was born out of Kilncraigs Incubator Unit in Alloa; a European funded project that provided start-up support and facilities for local social enterprises.  The group are actively involved with local partners and the Interface.  They are the third SEN to register as a Community Benefit Company with the Model Rules.

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Dates for the Diary

Clacks SEN, 24th August
Edinburgh SEN, 25th August
Fife SEN, 26th August
Sports SEN, 31st August
Aberdeen SEN, 31st August
Perth SEN, 31st August
Dundee SEN, 1st September
Coalfields SEN, 7th September
Health SEN, 10th September
Social Enterprise Ceilidh, 18-19th November


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