Networks1st Update: Friday 24th September 2010

Yesterday, the SEN Reps met at Senscot’s new Glasgow office in 43 Bath St. Paul White (Director of Networks at SCVO) and Geoff Pearson (Scottish Govt), gave updates on the SVA programme (see and Single Interface progress. The SEN Reps stated that for the Single Interfaces to deliver effectively post March 2011, the social enterprise sector needs to be offered real opportunities to influence the process, which so far has not been happening. Geoff advised that if SEN’s were struggling to engage with their local Interfaces, despite their best effort, they should get in touch with him to explain their local situation.

Senscot launched a new social enterprise this summer, Senscot Legal Services ( Alan Dunipace is leading on this venture and will be at this year’s Ceilidh to provide delegates with Legal Surgeries. Over the last couple of months, Alan’s been out and about meeting people and has been asked about employment issues, company status and structure, dispute resolution, contract matters, charity law, property matters. If you’re keen to chat with Alan make sure you remember to mark it on your Ceilidh booking form. See

Garioch Sports Centre is always on the look out for new and enterprising ways to generate income. Despite their centre nearing capacity, they struck on an innovative use of down-time on Saturday evenings. Raising £20k, they installed a mobile wall of curtain around the main games hall giving them the option to transform it into an entertainment venue for the community of Inverurie. Upcoming events include a Boxing Match, Fashion Show and they are soon to welcome the Phil “The Power” Taylor, 15 times World Darts Champion. More info at 


COMPETITION: ‘Social Vision: business at its best’ is looking for images that capture the unique and transformative work of social enterprise. Now in its third year, the photography competition is for the first time being jointly run by Triodos Bank and the Social Enterprise Coalition, in association with Social Enterprise magazine. The award will be presented at this year’s Social Enterprise Ceilidh. See here for more

EVENTS: On the Social Enterprise Academy’s Ignite Residential, you will be one of 20 social entrepreneurs looking at opportunities for growing your enterprise. With inputs from the third and private sector, you will have space to recognise your successes and work on a live plan of action for your social enterprise’s future.  See more

The Social Audit Network Conference 2010 is bringing together practitioners of social accounting and social reporting partly to introduce the guide, but also to discuss how it can be used across the sector and how it can be enhanced in the future.  See more

Learning Link Scotland’s 2010 Annual Conference in Professional Development at ‘Creative Times’ on Thursday 30th Sept, 9.30am – 4.00pm in Glasgow featuring key note speaker Dr Carol Craig (Centre for Confidence and Wellbeing) and more see

Steiner Initiatives Day on Saturday 2nd October 2010 at 10:30am to 4:30pm at The Engine Shed with Talks from Christian Maclean of Rudolf Steiner, Dr Stefan Geider from Anthroposophical Medicine and many more, also to take place are Artistic Workshops with Singing, Form Drawing, Painting and more see

Scotland’s National Community Energy Conference: What is next for Community Energy Development?  This conference will be both a celebration of the achievements of communities we have assisted so far and a participatory session for communities with experts in the field.  See more here

Local Dimensions – National Connections Conference is the second national conference for Interfaces organised by the CVS and VC Networks kicks off in Glasgow on the 5th October. This two-day event will use Open Space technology to ensure everyone has a chance to both share and learn in the newly refurbished Grand Central Hotel at Central Railway Station in Glasgow. See more

Case Study: Angus SEN

The Angus SEN began to meet in Sept 2009 when the Tayside SEN separated into Dundee, Perth and Angus.  Since then the group has met regularly and developed relationships both between members and partner organisations. 

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Dates for the Diary

Perth SEN, 28th September
Angus SEN, 29th September
Fife SEN, 7th October
Edinburgh, 12th October
Clacks SEN, 13th October
Aberdeen SEN, 19th October
Dundee SEN, 20th October
Dumfries & Galloway SEN, 21st October
Glasgow SEN, 22nd October
Moray SEN, 28th October
Ayrshire SEN, 9th November
Social Enterprise Ceilidh, 18-19th November
Sport SEN, 24th November


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