Networks1st Update: Friday 23rd April 2010

On Wednesday, we attended the 5th S2S Trade Fair, hosted by our Coalition at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh. Everyone felt that the event is getting better year on year with a really good buzz and lots of new faces. Our highlight was the launch of a new thematic Network – the Youth SEN – following a lively workshop. We also participated in the ‘Pitch to the Panel’- a mini dragons’ den hosted by Firstport. The winners were Kayleigh Burrowes and Shona Thomson, both aged 16, who plan to re-launch a new Youth café, The Munch Box, in the Blairtunnock area of Easterhouse. It had previously operated as the Pavillion Youth Café but that closed down a while back. Kayleigh and Shona’s prize was £500 start-up costs from Firstport plus an i-Phone, kindly donated by Alloa Community Enterprises.

Senscot, in partnership with the Scottish Arts Council, is hosting the first ever cultural social enterprise conference in Scotland, ‘Creating a Difference: Introduction to Cultural Social Enterprise’.  The event will take place at The Lighthouse, Glasgow on 26th May 2010. The aim of the conference is to raise awareness of social enterprise amongst cultural organisations. Keynote speakers on the day are Sergio López Figueroa and Derek Marshall, Dundee Factory Skatepark. Sergio López Figueroa is a London-based international creative producer with over 14 years experience working as a composer across film, concert, theatre and education.  Sergio is the director and founder of Big Bang Lab, a cultural social enterprise and creative development agency which actively promotes cultural heritage as a means towards sustainability and socio-economic development. The event is FREE. If you’d like to book a place, contact Flyer and booking form available next week

The 4th ‘Fit for Purpose’ is taking place today in Perth. Over 90 delegates have signed up. As well as workshops on community benefit clauses, developing outcome approaches to health improvement and social prescribing. Attached are the representations from our two keynote speakers Lynne Friedli (Mental Health Specialist) and Mark Allison Health Scotland) as well as the list of attendees. See

Please see attached Triodos’ questionnaire. They are looking for your views on whether your bank is providing your organisation with the services you want. There is a perception that despite the events of the last 18 months, little has changed in the way Banks are operating. The deadline for responses is Wednesday 28 April. Three respondents will win a hamper of Fair Trade goods. See more,


EVENTS: ‘Creating a Difference: Introduction to cultural social enterprise’, Scotland’s first cultural social enterprise conference takes place at The Lighthouse in Glasgow on Wednesday 26th may 2010. To book your place, see

Cyrenians Annual Food Conference – Wednesday 5 May 2010 9.15 am – 12.30 pm at Hibernian Football Club, Edinburgh.  Programme includes the launch of Good Food DVD celebrating 10th Anniversary and Sir David McCartney (LEAP) – sharing his experiences in the field of addiction and recovery. More information and booking form

TRAINING: Evaluation Support Scotland are running a series of events at Transition Extreme, Links Road Aberdeen. The dates are 29th April,13th May and 27th May 9all between 10am-4pm). Cost is £90+VAT. See more,

PHD OPPORTUNITY: Cranfield Trust is to support a major new research programme on third sector performance measurement.  Funding will be provided for a student to study for a PhD under the title of ‘Performance Measurement in the Third Sector’ starting in September. Full-time fees will be paid in addition to a bursary of £13,500 per year to cover living expenses. Full details of the PhD programme can be found on the website

LECTURES: Dinner Lectures Presented by Greyfriars Community Project.

RESOURCE: Strengthen Your Business – an online business development resource by Scottish Enterprise. More information and details on how to register for free available here

COMPETITION: In partnership with Ashoka, Nike has launched a global online competition for projects which change lives through football. The competition has two funding opportunities for projects in the UK; a global winning prize of $90,000 and a UK specific prize.  For more information see

Case Study: Dumfries & Galloway Social Enterprise Network
Set up in 2006, Dumfries & Galloway Social Enterprise Network covers an extensive region in the South West of Scotland. Due to the large distances involved and the time it takes to travel around the Dumfries & Galloway SEN meets in the Town Hall in Castle Douglas, seen as the most central point for all. Download Case Study here:

Dates for the Diary
Dundee SEN, 28th April
Borders SEN, 29th May
Inverclyde SEN, 30th April, 1:30pm at Stepwell Consultancy
Cultural Conference, 26th May
Sport SEN, 23rd June