Networks1st Update: Friday 22nd February 2013

Next week, Senscot is participating in a session at The Gathering – ‘Third Sector and health and social care – where next?’  As part of the implementation of the NHS Quality Strategy, Senscot, with support from ReadyforBusiness, has been leading an action group to develop, test and embed Community Benefit Clauses in NHS Procurement. Three action groups were set up in November 2011, endorsed by the Quality Alliance Board, to improve engagement between key individuals in health boards and the third sector. Other action groups have developed a Web Resource and an Engagement Matrix which will be formally launched at the event next week. See,

Glasgow Social Enterprise Network (GSEN) is carrying out a mapping excercise into trading activity being carried out for the social, environmental, and cultural benefit of Glasgow. If you are a Glasgow-based SE, we`d be grateful if you could spend a bit of time filling in attached survey. See,

Senscot met up, this week, with Calum Irving (CEO of Voluntary Action Scotland/VAS) to discuss how we (Senscot, SFS and SES) can work more productively with VAS. There was acknowledgement that progress has been made over the last 12 months but also that there is still scope for improvement. Amongst the actions we have agreed is to invite staff responsible for SE support within Interfaces to meet up with the seven existing SEN co-ordinators. We will also be sharing our respective workplans. We’ll keep you updated on progress in this area.

Edinburgh SEN member, Grassmarket Community Project last week opened its doors to  newly extended premises in the heart of Edinburgh`s old town.  The new space includes a Community Hall (to hold events up to 130 people), meeting/break-out space and a café area with additional outside seating. To book, contact Mario Alonzi, Enterprise Manager, .  The inaugural event being held in the building will be the Social Enterprise Edinburgh Summit – hosted by ESEN (Free to Edinburgh SEs, £30 to other areas). For details, see

Congratulations to Health SEN member, Active Communities Scotland (formerly known as Jogging Buddies), which has won a £100,000 contract to deliver a healthy communities project for the Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership. They will be looking to making a real difference in 2013. See,

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) is recruiting again for their Social Entrepreneur Start-up Programme – run in partnership with Lloyds Banking Group (£4k grants). There is also the ‘scale up’ programme (£15k grants). Deadline for applications is Wed, 3rd April – with two ‘open days’ taking place in Edinburgh (27th Feb) and Glasgow (5th March). See details,
The Social Enterprise Academy has invited 10 schools from their ‘Schools Programme’ to attend next month’s Social Enterprise Exchange in Glasgow – and they’re looking for sponsorship – £30 per pupil/ £300 per school. The 10 schools will be setting up stalls and speaking to delegates about their own SEs – some of which are generating up to £50k per annum. If you can help, see

Four weeks to go till the Exchange and Early Bird rates are still available to SEN members – £50 plus VAT – as well as bursary places for smaller SEs – £20 per delegate. For eligibility, see . NB: only one bursary place per organisation will be considered. See full programme,


TENDERS: Supply and Installation of Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Panels in Renfrewshire and Provision of a Catering Service for the Scottish Natural Heritage Battleby Office. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at  and follow on Twitter

CROWDFUNDING: As part of our SoLoCo’s “learning sessions” series, they have put together an engagement workshop that simulates a 6-week ‘crowdfund campaign’. The workshop will model a six-week campaign in a matter of hours and with a public that will reflect in real time on their level of engagement, or their lack of. See,

SEMINARS: The newly formed Crichton Institute are holding two free seminars in Dumfries on the subject ‘Will community social enterprise meet the needs of older people living in remote and rural areas?’ See,

GUIDE: John Gilbert Architects is hosting an official launch of ‘Your Buildings, Your Future’ – a guide to assist community and voluntary organisations with building and refurbishment projects. The launch takes place on 26 Feb at the Lighthouse in Glasgow.

TAX: A seminar on tax and trading will be taking place in Castle Douglas on 1st March. Tax expert Stanley Wynd will guide you through everything you need to know about tax for trading charities and social enterprises, including how trading subsidiaries work and when setting one up might be advisable. See,

Case Study: Greenock Arts Guild – Cultural SEN- Cultural & Creative SEN

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Dates for the Diary

Sports SEN East, 26th February
Stirlingshire SEN, 4th March
Dundee SEN, 6th March
Health SEN, 7th March
Glasgow SEN, 3rd April
Sports SEN North, 13th March
Fife SEN, 10th April
Sports SEN West, 18th April


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