Networks1st Update: Friday 23rd August 2013

Bookings are already coming in for this year’s SE Conference and Ceilidh at the Westerwood, near Cumbernauld on 14ht/15th Nov. We’ve also heard this week that Derek Mackay, Minister of Local Government and Planning, has accepted our invitation to our keynote speaker for day 1(14th Nov). The Minister will be address the Conference on the impending Govt legislation (Procurement Reform and Community Empowerment Bills) and the role/contribution that can be made by our SE community. We hope to have news on our keynote speaker for day 2 shortly. See draft programme and book your place. Senscot is looking to recruit an Administrator (Maternity cover) for our office in Edinburgh (Manor Place). We`re hoping to have someone in place by end of October prior to Karina heading off on her maternity leave in mid/late November. The post will be available until September 2014. As well as general admin duties, the role also involves book- keeping, co-ordinating events and making sure this bulletin is ready to go out on Friday mornings. For job description and application form, contact Reminder: The Dundee SE Conference will be taking place on 17th September 2013 at Bonar Hall in the city. For details etc – see book your place. This event is further evidence of the city`s support and commitment to social enterprise – and Dundee SEN has been actively involved in this process. It has been actively involved in the development the Dundee SE Strategy (and related Implementation Group) and Community Asset Transfer Policy. They received further good news recently – in securing funding for a further post via the local Change Fund. For more on Dundee SEN, contact CEiS’s Social Enterprise Policy and Practice event is just about sold out – bookings close on Wed 28th Aug. A new feature this year will be ‘Walking the Walk’ where 6 SEN members will have the opportunity to highlight their breakthrough achievements with 5 minute presentations.Speakers include: Niall McShannon (Clydesdale Community Initiatives); Jonny Kinross (My Adventure); Laura Carswell (Neilston Development Trust); Raymond Branton (Simply Play); Alis Balance (Moffat CAN); and Bobby Pollock (Newmilns Snow and Sports Complex).See more. The Enterprise Ready Fund (previously – the Enterprise Growth Fund) will be open for applications over the next month or two. The Fund, this year, is being administered by Foundation Scotland, in partnership with CEiS, Social Value Lab and DSL, and is kicking off with a series of half-day workshops across Scotland – 27th Aug (Glasgow); 10th Sept (Inverness); 12th Sept (Edinburgh). The workshops will introduce the themes and key characteristics of the fund. See more. Latest version of Health SEN Newsletter is now available. Topics covered include info on Self Directed Support services; Public Bodies (Joint Working) Bill; as well as a case study on Health SEN member, Crisis Ltd. Read the newsletter here. Congratulations to Edinburgh SEN member, the Engine Shed, in staving off Edinburgh City Council’s threat of closure. The City Council has now agreed to continue its support for Specialist Employability services in the City. Read more. Our pals at Kibble are in the news again – this time with the launch of Kibble TV (KTV). KTV has already produced three shows – all written and filmed by teenagers from Kibble – and are hoping to expand this initiative and become a social enterprise, hired by outside organisations to create DVDs and TV programmes. We wish them well. See article.  Notices TENDERS: Hadden Construction Limited – Speculative Sub-Contract Opportunity, NHS Education for Scotland – Development of Existing Web Based Evaluation & Reporting Database and Partick Housing Association Limited – Partick Community Growing Project – Works. Click for more details. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter. CONFERENCE: Social Enterprise Northern Ireland is hosting its inaugural conference and awards on the 24th October. The guest speaker will be the Social Entrepreneur Liam Black, former CEO of Jamie Oliver’s restaurant Fifteen, who will close the conference with his  ‘A to Z Guide of Social Enterprise’. For more information and to view the agenda / booking form see news story. EVENTS: Resiliant Scotland is hosting two Social Investment Events in Dundee and Edinburgh in early September. If you have aspirations to develop community assets and enterprise that will benefit your local community this event will explain how Resilient Scotland new Investment programme could support you. Resilient will offer models of repayable finance, predominantly loan and grant mixes, enabling those organisations that are furthest from the market the opportunity to benefit from our resources. See event information. SOCIAL MEDIA: The organisers of the ‘Be Good Be Social’ conference have offered a network member the chance to attend the next Scotland’s third sector social media gathering. It takes place on Thursday 12th September 6-9pm at Big Lottery Fund Scotland HQ. View full event information. If you would like the ticket please get in touch with Tariq. CONFERENCE: The Liberal Democrats Conference takes place this year in Glasgow. The Social Economy Alliance launched in June 2013 with the aim of getting a ‘social economy’ higher up on all political parties’ agendas by the 2015 General Election. See more information. WORKSHOP: Viridor, under their Community Benefit Clause commitment at the Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre, are hosting a free workshop on 29th August. The Sustainability & Low Carbon Agenda Workshop is aimed at SME’s and social enterprises.See workshop information.  Case Study: Halhill Sports Centre – Sports SEN Dates for the Diary Sport SEN East, 27th AugustAberdeen SEN Hot Seat Session, 29th AugustDGSEN AGM, 12th SeptemberDundee SEN Conference, 17th SeptemberSport SEN North, 19th SeptemberFife SEN, 19th SeptemberMoray SEN, 2nd OctoberAberdeen City and Shire Trade 2 Trade Fair, 8th October To unsubscribe or change subscription address, e-mail with subject Networks 1st.