Networks1st Update: Friday 24th May 2013

This week Senscot has published a new batch of Health and Social Enterprise Case Studies. The case studies highlight examples of Health SEN members who are working in partnership with the NHS to deliver community led health initiatives. Each social enterprise represents and/or responds to their local community using an asset-based approach. See case studies, This year the NHS Scotland Event is taking place on 11th and 12th June at the SECC in Glasgow. This is a great opportunity to network with NHS colleagues. The theme for the event is ‘Collaborating for Quality’. See,

The Social Business Awards 2013 run by Glasgow Social Enterprise Network (GSEN) and Glasgow Caley’s Yunus Centre for Business and Health took place this week. Congratulations to Thomas Lyon, who won the award for his concept for a soup cafe, where people in deprived areas can learn to cook healthy meals on a tight budget. See,

The Cultural and Creative SEN met with the Creative Renfrewshire Network (CRN) this week at the Pace Theatre in Paisley.  CRN has been operating for 18 months now – promoting the work and benefits the creative sector brings to the area.  CCSEN and CRN members agreed that linking the social enterprises within CRN to CCSEN would benefit both networks.  If you are interested in joining CCSEN, email

Sport SEN Member, Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre, has been in touch with an update on its quest to purchase their building. Having secured £300k Social Investment Funds (50% loan and 50% grant), they are now organising a sponsored coast to coast paddle from Ardroy to Fife. See,  Part of the forward strategy is to encourage the use of the centre by social enterprises for residential courses and development programmes. If any SE would like to discuss the use of the centre, contact George Bruce on 01301 703391 to discuss programmes and activities to meet their requirements.

A campaign has been launched to save well-known Edinburgh social enterprise, The Engine Shed, from closure due to possible cuts in funding from Edinburgh City Council. To show your support, sign the petition here,

Welfare reform holds massive implications for Scotland’s communities and families. The team at Social Innovation Scotland ( – a partnership between Social Value Lab, CEiS, and the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship) is currently carrying out research into ways that social enterprises are responding. They’re looking for innovative responses, where social enterprises are tackling these issues head on and where there are opportunities to scale-up or replicate service models. The examples will be featured as case studies and form the basis of a seminar later in the year. Flag up your examples to Jonathan Coburn, email


TENDERS: Provision of a Cycle to Work Salary Sacrifice Scheme in Fife and Provision of Landscape Management Services in North Ayrshire. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

EVENT: The ‘Growing Communities – local food and social justice’ takes place on the Thursday 20th June. This event will involve a day of workshops and discussions, followed by a social evening of films, food and music. This is a chance to meet others working in community food and social justice movements in Glasgow and to help shape stronger responses to the current welfare reforms. See,

SURVEY: Out of the Blue aim to give as many people as possible the chance to get involved in the arts and would therefore would like to open up a studio and production facility to provide training placements for young people in the area and would like to hear your views. See,

COMPETITION: The Young Innovators Challenge is a competition aimed at finding Scotland’s innovators of tomorrow. It will provide Scotland’s 18 – 24 year olds in training, further and higher education with the opportunity to turn their innovative ideas into a reality. Participation in the process will provide opportunities to develop business and entrepreneurial skills as well as gain an understanding of how to set up and run a business. See,

BARBEQUE: Edinburgh Community Food are inviting all along to a free event they are running in partnership with Hendersons on Monday 27th May at Hendersons at St John’s in the Edinburgh. See,

PARTNERSHIP: Play Pieces theatre social enterprise is seeking a Highland business to sponsor them so they can help raise the profile of another kind of business. Play Pieces aims to make Theatre accessible to everyone in the Highlands. See,

EVENT: A West Lothian social enterprise event ‘Working Together for an Enterprising Third Sector’ takes place on Friday 21st June. The event is open to volunteers and staff or third sector organisations and elected members and staff of West Lothian Council and all other statutory organisations. See,

Case Study: Alva Pool Sports SEN

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Dates for the Diary 

Dundee SEN AGM, 29th May
Angus SEN, 30th May
Aberdeenshire SEN, 4th June
Stirlingshire SEN, 4th June
Moray SEN, 5th June
Glasgow SEN, 5th June
Fife SEN, 18th June
Edinburgh SEN, 19th June
West Lothian SEN – Policy Event, 21st June


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