Networks1st Update: Friday 25th February 2011

We’re now advertising for a new Network Development Officer to support the development and growth of Social Enterprise Networks across the country. As many of you will know, Anna leaves us at the end of March to embark on an exciting new venture in the Gambia. We have funding in place for this post until March 2012 but, obviously, hope to be in a position to extend this beyond then. If you are interested in applying, please contact Karina for an application pack at . Closing date for applications: Monday 14th March 2011.

Last week, Scottish Govt announced a new £10m fund called Community Jobs Scotland – to create 2000 openings in the third sector for young people. The Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition and SCVO will be working in partnership with Scottish Govt to deliver a programme that will look to offer concrete work experience as well as contributing to local communities. The Coalition’s involvement in this programme is to be warmly welcomed. Through the Youth SEN, we are keen to encourage and support young people’s involvement with social enterprise. As part of this, Anna will be heading to London for Voice 11 at the end of March with a delegation of young people who are all currently involved in running or starting up social enterprises.

Bookings are streaming in for this year’s ‘Fit for Purpose’ Health and Social Enterprise Conference. The event takes place on Friday 18th March at the Royal Society in George Street with the theme of ‘Prevention, Improvement and Innovation’. As a reminder – the event is FREE. See flyer, .
Workshops include input from Spartan’s Smilers, an excellent dental health programme for children, which has caught the attention of clubs both in the Premier League and SPL expressing an interest in adopting the model. Think! Research for Social Change will deliver a workshop which will examine learning from elsewhere in the UK. It will reflect on the policy levers, programmes, and initiatives that have enabled social enterprises to spin out of the NHS and find new ways of improving health, tackling inequalities, and developing faster, more responsive frontline services. Drawing on first-hand experience, it will examine the impact of these models and their relevance for Scotland. To book, see


INTRA-TRADING: This week purchase requests are: Flyers, Banners, Furniture, Websites and more.  To post purchase requests or offer products and services sign up to

PROGRAMME: Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Programme is in its 12th year in the UK and 24th globally and was created to recognise and celebrate successful, dynamic and growing businesses and social enterprises and the contribution that they make to their communities and the business environment. It is an opportunity to recognise the energy, vision and passion of men and women who build and develop exceptional organisations. See more
EVENTS: The Greener Moray Festival is an ideal opportunity to get expert advice on a diverse range of topics, including installing renewable technologies, improving energy efficiency, waste minimisation, active travel and sustainable design. In addition to the numerous exhibitors there is an informative programme of presentations throughout the day and interactive workshop sessions for local schools. There are also organisations on hand to offer advice about financial support that may be available.  See
SEN HOT DESKING:  Networks 1st is an Associate Member of The Melting Pot, a network of socially innovative organisations and individuals working throughout Scotland.  Therefore all SEN members have FREE access to their shared office, shared resources, informal meeting space and new soundproof ‘Melting Pod’ meeting space (sits up to 5)  – hours limited to get in quick.  See

Case Study:  Youth SEN

The Youth SEN launched at S2S 2010 with a workshop and Youth Pitch to the Dragons. Since then it has met regularly, hosted a Chinese delegation on a study visit and is planning to attend Voice 11 in London.  The SEN is for young people working in, starting up or managing social enterprises.

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Dates for the Diary

Fife SE Trade Fair, 10th March
5th Annual ‘Fit for Purpose: Social Enterprise and Public Health Conference’, 18th March
Voice 2011, 30th March
Ayrshire SEN, 13th April
D&G SEN, 14th April



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