Networks1st Update: Friday 23rd November 2012

NEW JOB AT SENSCOT: Over the last year, the volume of activity of the Health SEN and Roundtable has grown significantly – often in direct response to an increasing number of initiatives from Scottish Govt. With the support of Scottish Govt’s Equality, Third Sector and Communities Division and Health Directorate, Senscot is now seeking a dedicated member of staff to co-ordinate and support the activities of the Health SEN and Roundtable. Our aim is to ensure that the SE community (via the Health SEN and Roundtable) is not only well informed on these developments but is able to contribute more effectively to their implementation. Closing date is Monday 10th Dec. See,

Early this week Angela Constance, Minister for Youth Employment, announced funding for 400 more new opportunities through the Community Jobs Scotland Scheme. If your organisation is interested, contact

Senscot is a strategic partner in the ‘Change Fund: Enhancing the Role of the Third Sector’ Programme. The programme is hosted at the ALLIANCE (formerly LTCAS) and aims to provide third sector co-ordination and support at a strategic level to secure effective engagement of the sector in the Reshaping Care for Older People (RCOP) programme.  Each of the thirty-two RCOP partnerships is currently developing Joint Commissioning Plans for Older People. The team has prioritised supporting Third Sector Interfaces’ contribution to this process. The Programme team is looking for volunteers – to read and comment on one or more of the plans. See, 

Congratulations to Borders SEN member, You Can Cook which is the recipient of the Innovation Voucher Award from Interface, Edinburgh. You Can Cook is the first social enterprise in Scotland to receive this prestigious award for joint collaboration with Food Innovation @ Abertay University in Dundee. See press release, 

Senscot attended the launch of the new Social Enterprise NI in Belfast this week. As a consortium partner, alongside the Social Enterprise Academy, Senscot will be working to support Social Enterprise NI as it looks to develop, support and raise awareness of SE across Northern Ireland. Their initial plans include establishing four regional networks – with the aim of creating an environment where social enterprises can make an increasing contribution to meeting the needs of local communities. We’re delighted to be involved and wish them every success. See 

The 2012 ABSEN Conference was held at the Royal Marine Hotel in Hunters Quay on 7th and 8th November, 2012.  There was a good turn out with 55 delegates attending to hear inspirational speakers, a policy session, workshops and a Dragons’ Den competition. See 


RE-UNION XMAS: Cruise on the Canal and meet Santa in December with Re-Union.  Trips from Edinburgh Quay to Harrison Park and back.  Santa will come on board and deliver a gift to every child.  Adults will be provided with a festive drink and mincemeat pies. Cost is £7.50 per person, for more information on dates and sailings see 

EXHIBITION: The Grassmarket Community Project would like to invite you to an exhibition of GROW Woodwork on November 30th 5:30-7;30pm in Greyfriars Kirk, Greyfriars Place (off George Iv Bridge) Edinburgh.  There will be a chance to view recently commissioned work and buy unique Christmas gifts.  Mulled wine and canapés will be served. For more information please call 0131 225 3626 or email 

CEILIDH: WHALE Arts are hosting fundraising event on the 30th November with music, dancing, drama, animation, a high quality art auction, raffles, quizzes and arts & craft stalls. See,

CHRISTMAS TREES: Have an ethical Christmas with Impact Arts and Caring Christmas Trees and help support a vulnerable young person this Christmas.  Proceeds fund Impact Arts’ work with young people across Scotland.  Purchase a freshly cut, sustainably grown tree from

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Exciting new role at Glasgow Wood Recycling, looking for a Sales and Marketing Officer.  For job description and application details see, 

Case Study: You Can Cook

Download full case study here 

Dates for the Diary

Aberdeen SEN, 27th November
Dumfries & Galloway SEN, 29th November
Start Up SEN, 6th December
Edinburgh SEN AGM, 10th December



To unsubscribe or change subscription address, e-mail with subject Networks 1st.