Networks1st Update: Friday 23rd September 2011

It seems early to be reminding people to book their place for this year’s Ceilidh but places are filling fast. 40 places (out of 120) remain available.  If you want to reserve your place, book now at, . We’ve also had an encouraging number of applications for this year’s Dragons’ Den. Remember the deadline date is 14th October – so if you fancy taking your chances with the Dragons, apply here, . Borders SEN member, SoLoCo – the UK’s first crowd-funding website for the third sector ( will be inviting donations towards the Dragons Den in the run up to the Ceilidh and will continue to call for donations for this year’s winner until Xmas.

Senscot Legal (SL) has provided legal services to over 60 social enterprises and third sector organisations since it started trading in March 2011. Of these, 30% have been SEN members. As well as providing an affordable, accessible and high quality service across the wider sector, we always had in mind SEN members as major beneficiaries of the service. So, if you do have any legal matters that are needing addressed, contact Alan or Karina at As a social enterprise itself, SL charges fees but these are based on ability to pay. For more, see

On Wednesday, we attended Social Investment Scotland’s (SIS) 10th birthday celebration. SIS took the opportunity to announce the appointment of Alastair Davies as their new CEO. We’d like to wish Alastair the very best in his new role. Over the years, SIS has invested through loans or direct investments £35m to around 170 social enterprises, charities and community organisations. £25m of which has been in repayable loans. This year they have received a further £3m from Scottish Govt as well as £1m in recycled funds. See,

Sports SEN member MY Adventure this week announced a new project – Northern Lights – that will help young people in North Edinburgh escape a relentless cycle of crime and punishment. The pilot project will support ten young people (aged 15-25) through an eight week adventure and personal training programme, culminating in a voyage on the west coast of Scotland with the Scottish Ocean Youth Trust. The Northern Lights project will improve opportunities for young people without qualifications and with very chaotic lifestyles by developing new skills, training them and giving them positive experiences to build upon. See press release

Triodos Bank has launched this year’s Social Vision photography competition – capturing the best photos of the work of social enterprises. Cash prizes include £500 for the winning photographer and £500 for the winning social enterprise. Winning photographs, together with regional short-listed pictures, will be used to compile their 2012 calendar, which Triodos will be offering to Senscot members free of charge.  See


TENDERS: This week’s tenders include: Catering Services at Palace Theatre/Grand Hall Complex and Dean Castle Visitor Centre, 3 Play Area Refurbishments in Fife, Production and development of Gaelic Music CDs/DVDs/CD-ROMS for 0-3 Years, Embedding a Process Excellence Culture Through Lean and Six Sigma Approaches.  See more

SURVEY: Planning Aid for Scotland (PAS) are currently carrying out a survey, looking at the planning needs of community groups. It is a very short survey, only seven questions, with the intention of finding out what level of knowledge community groups across Scotland have of the planning system, and what support they may requires.  It would be really helpful if you were able to take a couple minutes to fill in the survey.  See

TRAINING: Edinburgh Cyrenians Food Hygiene Refresher Course – Monday 10th October.  Instead of re-sitting the full day’s course, a half day refresher course is now available.  On completion you will be issued with a new up-to-date certificate.  See more

Full day course: Mental Health Awareness: Best Practice Strategies on Tuesday 25th October 2011, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm at 98 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 1PJ.  See more

SUCCESS STORY: Firstport award winner The Enchanted Forrest, has won the overall prize at the Event Management Grand Prix awards.  It was also named as best cultural event and won a commendation for best large event.  You can read the full story on the BBC news website by following this link:

Case Study: MY Adventure

MY Adventure delivers outdoor activities, sports, urban cycling, residential trips, camping & bike maintenance to groups and individuals.  The desire to ensure long term sustainability for the work of MYDG led to the setting up of the trading subsidiary of My Adventure.  Motivation to provide a pathway for young people to move with confidence towards employability via learning skills and gaining practical on the job experience also played a major part.

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Clacks SEN, 27th Sep
Boarders SEN, 28th Sep
Edinburgh SEN, 29th Sep
East Lothian SEN, 30th Sep
Dundee SEN, 5th Oct
Ayrshire SEN, 5th Oct
Aberdeen SEN, 18th Oct
Aberdeenshire SEN, 20th Oct
D&G SEN, 20th Oct
Stirling SEN, 25th Oct
Angus SEN, 26th Oct



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