Networks1st Update: Friday 20th January 2012

Recently established West Lothian SEN is the first SEN to have completed `Vital Stats` for 2011, the figures are impressive and reflect the impact the SEN members are making on the local economy in West Lothian. The SEN has plans over the next couple of months to produce its own e-newsletter, Facebook page and run its first event as a Network, jointly with West Lothian Council. Any social enterprises in the area looking for more info` on WL SEN, contact . See,

Neighbouring SENs, Stirlingshire and Clackmannanshire, are planning a networking event to get to know each other better and are keen to open up the invitation to social enterprises in Falkirk.  Clackmannanshire was one of the first SENs to be set up and, although small, has a strong membership. The Stirlingshire SEN started just over a year ago and has grown into a healthy group of social enterprises.  As Stirling, Clackmannanshire and Falkirk councils are starting to share resources; it may be time to start considering the notion of a Forth Valley SEN?  We’ll keep you updated on this budding relationship.

Last year, the Social Enterprise Academy and Senscot teamed up to pilot affordable learning for SEN members – Dundee, East Lothian and Dumfries and Galloway all took part. This year, we’re rolling this out to more SENs. We have secured match funding, thanks to Creative Scotland, for the Cultural and Creative SEN and are currently seeking sponsorship for the Youth SEN. For more details, contact

We mentioned before the break that Senscot Legal (SL) is now offering short two hour modules and, already, there has been a significant level of demand. The modules can be tailored to suit individual organisational needs but, generally, cover issues such as company formation/structures; employment matters; company policy advice; and property/leasing. If you’d like to know more, contact Alan or Karina at For further info` on Senscot Legal, see

Over the last couple of years, Senscot has kept a link to ‘Social Enterprise Venues’ on our homepage. We’re glad to hear that our friends at Community Enterprise have taken this a stage further and developed a bespoke website. The intention will be for all info to be held on the new site. Not only will it be a handy guide to the best social enterprise venues around the country – it`ll also be a great way of ensuring that we’re generating business between one another. See,
As part of its social enterprise strategy, Dundee SEN member, the Hillcrest group is establishing a new social enterprise recruitment agency – Right Recruitment.  The agency aims initially to meet the staffing needs of Scottish social care sector employers. While the purpose of the business is to generate a financial surplus to support the group’s social and community objectives, Right Recruitment will take an assertive approach to securing its place in the recruitment services market. The agency is now recruiting for a staff team with the professionalism, skills and enthusiasm to establish Right Recruitment as a market-leader. See,


TENDERS: There are over 25 live tender opportunities on the ReadyforBusiness website including Feasibility Study and Business Plan for Iona Village Hall, Printing & Design Services for Hillcrest Housing Association and Highland Wind Turbine Network – Renewable Energy Consultancy. For more info, see

EVENT: Social Care Ideas Factory Meet Up is an exciting new concept in Edinburgh for those ambitious about transforming social care. The Meet Up takes place on the 2nd of Feb at The Melting Pot and is designed to inform, inspire, motivate and support. For further details, costs and to book visit

TRAINING: Growing Communities in Scotland partnership are running a
Social Enterprise for Community and Therapeutic Gardens training day, 22 Feb, Glasgow
Through participative and interactive training, the day aims to look at definitions and different models of social enterprise, other models of income generation, and case studies of effective social enterprise gardening projects. For details and booking costs http:

EVENT: BRAG Enterprises and its ‘Motivate to Innovate’ learning programme are delighted to extend an open invitation to anyone who is interested in learning more about social enterprise. There will also be an opportunity to follow up this event on the 26th Jan with a 1-2-1 session with one of their social enterprise business advisors who will assist in creating business plans, submit funding applications and begin trading. 01592 786 702 or email to book your place.

FUNDING: Reshaping Care for Older People & Community Capacity – The Community Capacity Building Programme in Fife includes a funding element which will be open to social enterprise organisations – further details and application forms will be issued by CVS Fife on 23rd Jan. Funding awards will focus on delivering the outcomes identified in the Community Capacity Building Programme. To assist organisations interested in applying, two surgeries will be held on 30th and 31st Jan. Visit to book.

Case Study: Clackmannanshire SEN

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Dates for the Diary

Edinburgh SEN, 23rd January
Ayrshire SEN, 24th January
Clackmannanshire SEN 24th January
Aberdeenshire, 25th January
DGSEN, 26th January
Network Reps, 27th January
Cultural and Creative SEN, 1st Feb
Inverclyde SEN, 8th Feb
Borders SEN, 15th Feb
Aberdeen, 23rd Feb



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