Networks1st Update: Friday 20th May 2011

Networks 1st is putting together an update for Scottish Govt on the progress of SENs and local social enterprises re engagement with their respective local Interfaces. Sadly – with some notable exceptions like Edinburgh, Glasgow, Fife – it is not an encouraging picture. For the moment, the `what we have, we hold` approach of the former CVS/Volunteer Centres seems to have won the day. Their lack of track record, experience or knowledge of the support needs of grassroots social enterprises raises genuine concerns about their ability to fulfil this key Interface function. Scottish Govt assures us that the current Interface contracts will be closely monitored via the new `Strategic Monitoring Group`. The big question will be whether or not the social enterprise community will be represented in this process
Over the last two years, DTA Scotland has been operating the Promoting Asset Transfer programme. This success of this programme has led to further support from Scottish Govt to establish a Community Ownership Support Service (COSS). It will provide support to both local authorities and community groups in exploring and advancing the transfer of local authority assets to community ownership. Specifically, it will advise on all aspects of asset transfer; training packages; sign-posting to appropriate support agencies as well as web resources such as toolkits, case studies etc. For more info` on COSS, contact Linda at See,

Senscot, in partnership with Highland and Island Enterprise (HIE) has produced a new `Who’s Who` Guide to social enterprise in Scotland. The Guide is an updated/refreshed version of the original, published in 2006. Our intention is not only to provide a guide for people new to the sector, but also to act as an aide memoire for `old hands’. See,

Networks 1st newest staff member, Sarah Cameron, started this week. Sarah`s first SEN meeting was in Dundee on Wednesday. As she finds her feet, Sarah will be making contact with SEN members over the coming weeks to arrange visits and/or meetings. Initially, her SENs will include Aberdeen, Dundee, Fife, Edinburgh, Stirling, Moray, Clacks, and possibly, Coalfields. If you’d like to get in touch, contact

At this week’s Dundee SEN meeting, Alistair Davies (Social Investment Scotland – SIS)  gave a presentation on SIS` Products and the Social Investment Fund. If any other SENs would like Alistair to attend their SEN meetings to hear about SIS and what they can offer, contact See more,


HOMELESS WORLD CUP: Street Soccer Scotland one of our Sport SEN members are holding trials for a place in the Scottish Homeless World Cup Squad for the Paris event this coming August – 25 May Dundee, 26 May Glasgow and 27 May Edinburgh.  Projects and players from homeless and socially disadvantaged backgrounds are invited to take part, or 0131 652 8190.

FUNDING: The Deutsche Bank Fund – created to support community organisations in Glasgow and Edinburgh particularly focusing on education and community development, including sport in the community, employment, homelessness and neighbourhood renewal. Fund managed as part of the Scottish Community Foundation’s Community Grants Programme.  See more

PROJECT:  Moray based environmental charity REAP has been awarded funding by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund to implement 3 practical interventions to reduce Moray residents’ dependence on expensive fossil fuels over the next 12 months. The project will be launched with a renewable technology exhibition on 28 May in Elgin Town Hall. It will be opened by Moray MSP Richard Lochhead ay 10am. See more

BRAG are recruiting for the new Motivate to Innovate programme commencing 16th June.  See here for more

SUMMER PICNIC:  The Engine Shed are hosting the first of a number of events to be held this year to help celebrate their 21st birthday and also hope to launch a new book to mark this milestone.  The book will be a combination of what makes the Engine Shed tick along with some of our most popular recipes.  See more

Case Study: Sport SEN

Places are still available for Scotland’s first ever Social Enterprise and Sport Conference – taking place on 1st June at the Stirling Management Centre. Programme will include a mix of workshops on the role of volunteering in social enterprise; Generating income streams; Use of digital marketing and social media; and Legal structures. Panel discussion at the end will be led by Mel Young (Homeless World Cup) and Stewart Harris (sportscotland). See updated programme, . If you’d like to book, see

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Stirlingshire SEN, 23rd May
Social Enterprise & Sport Conference, 1st June
Aberdeenshire SEN, 2nd June
D&G SEN, Procurement Event, 7th June
Edinburgh SEN, 7th June
Ayrshire SEN, 8th June
Community & Food SEN, 29th June



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