Networks1st Update: Friday 23rd March 2012

A number of SENs are currently in negotiations with Third Sector Interface (TSI) partners to develop workplans and agree distribution of resources for the year ahead. Some of the feedback we’re receiving has been encouraging – with some SENs being allocated increased resources compared to last year, having been able to demonstrate positive outcomes in their contribution to supporting SE locally. In other areas, the picture is not as clear – with some confusion as to how allocations are reflecting the activity being delivered.  Let us know how you are getting on and if you’re happy to share your experiences with others. For more, contact

Ahead of next week’s SE Exchange, Edinburgh SEN, in partnership with Edinburgh City Council and Forth Sector, hosted a ‘Social Enterprise Summit’ last night at the Council Chambers. Almost 50 attendees participated in discussions and workshops. A particular highlight was joint presentation by Crescent Kitchen and Sir Robert McAlpine’s on the catering contract for the Edinburgh International Conference Centre’s extension. Congratulations to all those involved in an excellent event. See,

The ‘Voluntary Code of Practice for Social Enterprise in Scotland’ (The Code) will be launched next Tuesday during the SE Exchange (12 noon, Learning Zone 1 for 15 mins). The Code has been put together following widespread consultation across the SE community over the last six months. Particular thanks must go to the ‘steering group’ for the time and effort put in – they know who they are. In short, the Code sets down the values and behaviours by which the Scottish SE community recognises each other

3 Scottish social enterprises have been short-listed for the Santander SE Exchange Award. Three are – Eadha Enterprises (Renfrewshire); Real Work Skills (Ayrshire); and Dumbarton Road Corridor Environmental Trust (Glasgow). As well as receiving the £5k prize, the winner will receive additional mentoring and support from Santander and SE partners. Cast your vote here,

Are you involved in The Change Fund? The Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) should be engaged at a local level. We know that in some areas this has been challenging but we’re keen to find out how many SEN members are engaged. If you’re willing to share your experience, please contact

Senscot and the Social Enterprise Academy have been working in partnership for the last couple of years to offer affordable learning programmes for SEN members. Last year, D&GSEN, Dundee SEN and East Lothian SEN all participated in bespoke programmes. This year, the Culture and Creative SEN and the Youth SEN are currently participating in Leadership with Impact Measurement and Partnership programmes. We are currently working with the Academy on a slightly different approach for the programme in 2012/13. We’ll have more info’ soon. For more, contact


TENDERS: This weeks tenders include Domestic Abuse Community Support (DACS) Service, Erskine Green Network Project: Footpath Creation with Associated Hard & Soft Landscaping, Support to Social Enterprise in Fife and 3 Yr Term contract of annual PAT for Falkirk Council. For more details see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

INTRATRADING: There have been a few requests on the Intra-trading site this week including a network member seeking to purchase PC’s. Login and register at Any queries or for more info email

SPACEBANK: An innovative new scheme has been set up to assist third sector organisations in Perth and Kinross to maximise the use of their resources. Spacebank will provide an online hub that will help social economy sector organisations to hire out any of their under-used resources or facilities, such as halls, rooms and desk spaces, or even tools and equipment.

CAFÉ@THESPACE: On the 28th of March theSPACE Skatepark opens the doors to it’s new café, Café@theSPACE. theSPACE was conceived and created by Uprising East Lothian and is a grass-roots social enterprise working hard to bring people in North Berwick, East Lothian and way beyond a popular, youth powered and relevant community facility. See

AWARDS: Congratulations to the Glasgow Bike Station for their 3 recent awards. See for details. As of 31st of March to they will be moving address to 65 Haugh Road, Glasgow, G3 8TX.

LEARNING FROM AUSTRIA: Glasgow Centre for Population Health are hosting a seminar on the 27th of Mar. More details on the seminar titled ‘Self organisation and civil engagement: co-operation, culture and politics for a more sustainable society – learning from Vorarlberg, Austria’ can be found at

Case Study: theSPACE (Sport SEN)

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Dates for the Diary

Dundee SEN, 28th Mar
Borders SEN, 29th Mar
Cultural & Creative SEN, 4th Apr
Borders SEN, 17th Apr
Edinburgh SEN, 17th Apr
Fife SEN, 9th May
Dundee SEN, 9th May



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