Networks1st Update: Friday 26th April 2013

Following on from last week’s meeting in Edinburgh with SEN Co-ordinators and Third Sector Interface staff with responsibility for supporting social enterprise, the link below gives an overview of the presentations and groups discussions that took place. It is our intention to hold a follow up event in the autumn. Senscot (with Social Firms Scotland and Social Enterprise Scotland) also met up this week with Scottish Govt and VAS to explore how we can collaborate further so as to ensure that support for social enterprise across the country is as consistent as possible. See Report,
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Taking time out for Study Visits is not always a high priority for people but it’s encouraging to hear how much is gained by those participating. This week members of GSEN took a study visit to Dundee to visit members of the Dundee SEN. The visit included Dundee Factory Skatepark; Clean Close; and Positive Steps. The participants found the visit informative and inspiring. Plans are already afoot for a reciprocal visit!

Great turn out for Edinburgh SEN member, The Grassmarket Community Project’s new building on Candlemaker Row.   The building officially opened by John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth is an impressive space which provides workshop, mentoring and teaching space, café and meeting rooms and a flexible community hall that can be used for theatre, conferences and other events. See,

Two of our Sport SEN members have been selected for round one of the legacy funded mentoring programme from Pilotlight – both Active Communities (incorporating Jogging Buddies) and Drumchapel & District Sports Centre are looking forward to embarking on this year long journey which they hope will both grow their organisational capacity and allow them to flourish as robust viable social enterprises.  We hope to hear a third announcement in the next week with a further round of three organisations to be selected later this year – if you’re interested in being involved please get in touch –

On Tuesday, Danielle attended "Making Scotland Better: Achieving Radical Change" hosted by Chex. The event focused on promoting dialogue and shared understanding between the community-led health sector and its public sector partners. David White, Assistant Manager Edinburgh Community Health Partnership talked about new relationships and new ways of working together. Some of his key points included; fragmentation is the enemy; no agency can solve issues alone; dysfunctional clients are often matched with dysfunctional services; case management and capacity building is required, total place. See more,

Live UnLtd and DTA Scotland (DTAS) have announced the launch of a competition to find and support a new generation of social entrepreneurs living in Development Trust communities in Scotland. The competition ‘Make It Even Better’ is open to 16-21 year olds who are invited to apply for cash awards and on-going support to turn their social enterprise ideas into realities. See,


TENDERS: Provision of a Community Support Network Service Supporting People affected by Suicide in Angus and ITT Mediation Services in East Lothian. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

EVENT:  Fife Social Enterprise Trade Fair – ‘Opportunities to Grow’. The event will take place on Wed, 8th May at Rothes Hall in Glenrothes. For details, see

SUPPORT: Emerging entrepreneurs and start-up and non-profit organisations with innovative ideas can now apply to The Melting Pot to win a package of start up support on the Social Innovation Incubator Award programme. The unique programme is designed to kick start social ventures. See,

SUPPORT: Barclays are offering five inspiring social enterprises access to a package of business training and support, totally free. This includes a bespoke package of business tools, soft skills coaching and one-to-one mentoring from a senior executive from Barclays. They are looking for young people under the age of 30 who either have a social enterprise or amazing idea. See

SUPPORT: CRT has opened their doors for applications to the Coalfields Community Challenge Programme. The Programme provides a combination of mentoring, business development support and training to help kick start social enterprise. There will also be an opportunity for a share of £50,000 at the end of the Programme. See,

FINANCE GUIDE: Scottish Business in the Community has published a Finance Guide for Small Community Run Facilities. This is designed for use by those facilities using the OSCR Payments and Receipts Method. See,

Case Study: Ladywood Leisure Centre – Sport SEN

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Fife SEN, 1st May
Fife SEN Trade Fair, 8th May
Inverclyde SEN, 15th May
Dumfries & Galloway SEN, 16th May
Dundee SEN AGM, 29th May
Aberdeenshire SEN, 4th June
Start Up SEN, 5th June
Moray SEN, 5th June
Glasgow SEN, 5th June



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