Networks1st Update: Friday 21st January 2011

As you will be aware, the Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) are taking shape across the country. Senscot is encouraging SENs to make direct contact with their respective TSIs, if they have not done so already. Some are already well integrated into the process. Where SENs do not yet exist, Senscot will be contacting TSIs directly to encourage full engagement with local social enterprises so as to ensure the successful delivery of the ‘social enterprise development’ function. Altho’ subject to change, here’s the most recent list of current TSI contacts.
Senscot’s campaign for the full engagement of SENs (and, where they do not exist, recognised social enterprise practitioners) into local Interfaces will continue over the coming months. This campaign is supported by Social Firms Scotland, the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition and, the newly formed, Scottish Community Sector Alliance.

It looks like a new SEN could be on the go in Stirling. An inaugural meeting took place this week at Raploch Community Campus, with over 12 orgs attending  Neil McLean (Social Enterprise Academy) gave the group an update on the local Stirlingshire Interface – who are looking to allocate 20% of their budget on ‘developing social enterprise’. The meeting also discussed next steps for the new SEN and agreed to re-convene at the end of February. We’ll keep you posted on details etc.  Glasgow SEN also hosted a Community of Business event on Tuesday of this week, with over 100 folk attending. Next Friday (28th Jan) sees the first Community of Business event to be held in Ayrshire. The event will take place at the Aspire Centre in Irvine. Over 50 people have signed up so far. If you’re interested in attending, contact  

The 5th annual ‘Fit for Purpose: Social Enterprise and Public Health’ Conference takes place on Friday, 18th March at Royal Society (Edinburgh), 22-26, George St, Edinburgh. Keynote speakers include Sue Bruce (CEO, Edinburgh City Council) and Chris Dabbs (Unlimited Potential, Salford). A full programme will be available shortly. See booking form,   The day before (17th March), Health SEN members will be hosting Study Visits for conference delegates which will be a great opportunity to get out and see the organisations operating in their own area. For further info, contact


TENDERS: Fintry Development Trust has a tender out for the Production of a Documentary Film Exploring the ‘Fintry Story’ The film must be completed by 31st March, 2011.  See more

SPORTS SEN: The Sports SEN have been utilising their networking skills to good effect.  By linking with Heart of Midlothian Education and Community Trust one of our new members, MY Adventure has employed 2 young people via the Future Jobs Funds.  To hear more about his new Lothian based outdoor activities social enterprise check out

EVENTS: CRNS 6th Annual Conference & Awards will be a packed day of networking opportunities, inspiring topics to ponder and discuss, practical issues to mull over, reflection on the bigger picture, and an uplifting reminder of what’s great and essential about the world of sustainable community resource management.  See more

STUDY: The MSc Social Enterprise is the only postgraduate degree in Scotland designed specifically for the growing Social Enterprise sector, developed through the collaboration of Glasgow Caledonian University and the Social Enterprise Academy.  See more

PROGRAMME: Aspire to Enterprise is a programme providing a range of Business Support Services to ambitious, developing social enterprises in Lowland Scotland. Since 2008 the programme has supported 200 social enterprises from the Borders to Aberdeen.  See more

Case Study: Health SEN

The Health SEN was set up in the early part of 2007, following the first ‘Fit for Purpose’ Conference. One of the lead bodies at the time was the Glasgow Community Care Providers Forum (which has since changed its remit). As with the other thematic SENs, the Health SEN suffered from an unclear route by which to build connections with strategic bodies. This situation changed for the better after the second ‘Fit for Purpose’ Conference, when the Scottish Govt’s Health & Wellbeing Directorate started working in partnership with Senscot to develop a Social Enterprise & Health Round Table – which includes various agencies and membership bodies from the Public Health sector. Importantly, it connects directly with the Health SEN and plays a key role in feeding into policy which has a positive impact at a national level.

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Dates for the Diary

Angus SEN, 26th January
Dundee SEN, 26th January
Aberdeenshire SEN, 27th January
Ayrshire SEN Community of Business, 28th January
Aberdeen SEN, 1st February
Fife SEN, 1st February
Youth SEN 3rd Feb
5th Annual ‘Fit for Purpose: Social Enterprise and Public Health Conference’, 18th March



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