Networks1st Update: Friday 25th May 2012

It has been a while since Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) or Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) featured in Networks 1st but we’re glad to be able to change that this week. As the TSIs enter their second year of operation, we can report that 8 SENs are now partners, with a number of others actively engaged. A reflection of the progress being made is that Derek Marshall (Chair of Dundee SEN) has been invited to join the VAS Board. He makes his debut at the end of June. Ahead of that, we’ll be hosting a Network Reps meeting, giving Derek the opportunity to hear from other SENs news or progress made over recent months.

MY Adventure, active members of both the Edinburgh & Sport SENs, will be crossing the water to Dunfermline on 13 June to support Chris Thomson when he becomes one of the Olympic Torch Bearers.  Chris originally became involved with the youth group run by parent organisation (MYDG), and has risen to become a role model in his local community now delivering sport and outdoor activities with the social enterprise. See Chris’ nomination,

My Adventure will be one of the many Sport SEs attending the SE and Sport Conference at the Trades Hall in Glasgow on 21st June. The event, entitled “Social Enterprise & Sport – It Delivers!" will bring together Sport SEN members with a range of Sport Governing bodies and be an opportunity to showcase their work as well as exchange views, information on a number of the key issues they are currently faced with.  To book a place, see

Reminder that the week before (14th June), the 6th ‘Fit for Purpose: SE and Health Conference’ will be taking place at the Teachers Building, St Enoch’s Sq, Glasgow. Over 80 delegates have already registered but some places remain available. If you’re interested, see programme and booking form,

This Monday (28th May) is closing date for applications to SSE/Lloyds Social Entrepreneurs Programme. 17 places available on Scottish Programme – being run in Edinburgh – and starts in October 2012. See details,

Yesterday, in Glasgow, the ReadyforBusiness Consortium hosted the latest round of local engagement events as part of Scottish Govt’s ‘Developing Markets’ contract. This was the 2nd local event, with others to follow over the coming weeks in Aberdeen/shire, the Borders and South Lanarkshire. See,
Deadline is looming for applications for Firstport’s next round of Level 2 awards. Next Friday, 1st June is closing date. The fund is targeted at people who can provide evidence that they have tested or piloted their model and can demonstrate it delivers real social impact. Level 2 are awards of up to £20,000. See details,


TENDERS: This week’s tenders include Provision of Catering services at Woodhill House & Gordon House in Aberdeen, Furniture and Soft Furnishings for Care Home – Aberdeenshire, Direct Meal Service in Edinburgh and Work Experience and Employer Engagement Service in Ayrshire. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter 

LIBRARY LAUNCH:  On Friday 1st June, Little Stars Nursery and Forth Environment Link are officially launching our Outdoor Learning Lending Library. The material is available on loan to all Forth Valley schools, nurseries and out of school care projects, and is also available to the public through the LICS passport scheme.  See more,

EVENTS: The Scottish Orchards Gathering taking place at the Conference Room, Royal Edinburgh Botanic Gardens, 20A, Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR, 10am – 3.30pm Saturday 16th June 2012 (free), (followed by Scottish Orchards AGM at 3.30pm -4pm).  For more info, see

LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME: Blue Horizons Ltd has been commissioned to deliver a free leadership and mentorship programme for women in Argyll and Bute.  Do you see things in your community you would like to change and wonder how to do it?  Do you have? An interest in community development? An issue you want to do something about?  An interest in policy and politics?  If so, see here for more info

JOB OPPORTUNITY: The Walking Theatre Company in Glendaruel, Argyll require a recent graduate to undertake a 12 month Company Development role.  The company currently only reach approx. a quarter of their potential market and this placement will fundamentally create the capacity to implement their marketing plan and create new business.  See more,

Case Study: Health SEN

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Dates for the Diary

Dundee SEN AGM, 30th May
Fife SEN, 1st June
Edinburgh SEN, 7th June
Fit for Purpose Health Conference, 14th June
Cultural & Creative SEN, 19th June
Social Enterprise & Sport Conference, 21st June



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