Networks1st Update: Friday 21st May 2010

In recent weeks, Networks 1st has been banging the drum about the Future Jobs fund as an opportunity for the SENs. This week, we hear, the new UK Govt has put the brakes on it!! See, As the Senscot bulletin says, there’s going to be LOTS of other changes happening, such as the end to the use of the term Third Sector! While a lot of this won’t affect us directly some of the changes seem to reflect what is already happening in Scotland – particularly around the delivery of public services by social enterprises. There is already a lot of good work going on up here around public sector procurement, such as the promotion of Community Benefit clauses and opportunities for consortium building. The push to level the playing field and make it easier for social enterprises and SMEs to access public sector contracts is now for real. All the more reason for SEN members to register for . For more on this, see

In recent months, there have been inquiries about setting up a new SEN from social enterprises in Ayrshire. On the back of this, we’re going to have a meeting to discuss the possibility of an Ayrshire SEN on 29th June, 2:30pm at Real Work Skills, 130 High Street, Ayr. If you’re a social enterprise active in Ayrshire and would be interested in attending, contact

Diane attended a Sports Conference in Edinburgh this week – “Creating a legacy of local integrated sports provision for young people in Scotland”. It`s early days for the Sport and social enterprise initiative but this was a great opportunity to network and raise the profile of social enterrpsie as a model for delivering community sposts and increasing participation. The flag was flown by Sports SEN member, the Princess Royal Sports and Commnunity Trust from Banff If you`d like to more info on all this, contact


CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES – In this week: Angus Council looking for Intensive Support and Monitoring Service for young people & their families, Fife Council for Modern Apprenticeship & Skillseeker training delivery and more see

EVENTS: The 2010 annual Social Firms UK conference is taking place on July 1st and 2nd at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.  This conference is relevant for social enterprises, for people working in the Social Firm sector (or interested in partnering with or starting a Social Firm) and also for service providers – people and organisations that seek to make a difference to those furthest away from the labour market. See .
Banking and Financial Inclusion Conference, Wednesday 9 June 2010. Alex Neil, MSP and Lady Susan Rice from Lloyds TSB are both keynote speakers.  The event will celebrate 200 years since Henry Duncan founded a savings bank for poor parishioners in his church hall in Dumfries – recognised as the beginning of the savings bank movement across the world. See

Social Accounting and Audit Networking Lunch 12 – 3pm – HISEZ on 9th Jun 2010 at
Strathpeffer Pavilion.  Come along for a free lunch and introduction to social accounting and audit.  For more info see

Social Enterprise: Learning by Doing – A National Knowledge Exchange Event
Wednesday 16 June 2010, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, supported by Scottish Government.  See

TRAINING: To gain a licence to drive an Aberdeenshire Council minibus a driver must complete a MiDAS course, The Banffshire Partnership Ltd will run MiDAS courses at the Boyndie Centre near Banff on 12 July, 23 August, 20 September, 18 October and 15 November for more info see

Case Study: You Can Cook delivered a successful trial for NHS Borders Health Improvement Team, You Can Cook has now been given the green light to work in partnership with NHS Borders to deliver workshops on healthy living in Selkirk and Walkerburn from September 2010 onwards.

For the full case study see

Dates for the Diary

Perth SEN, 25th May
Creative Social Enterprise Conference, 26th May
ABSEN, 1st June
Fife SEN, 3rd June
Aberdeen SEN, 4th June
Dumfries & Galloway, 17th June
Inverclyde SEN, 18th June
Edinburgh SEN, 22nd June
Clacks SEN 23rd June
Sport SEN, 23rd June
Dundee SEN 30th June
Borders SEN, 29th Julu