Networks1st Update: Friday 26th August 2011

Dundee SEN (DSEN) this week accepted a cheque from Hillcrest Housing Association to support their work in developing enterprises throughout Dundee. See, This is a great boost for DSEN and is particularly timely as they are now advertising for a new part-time Development Officer. See job ad,
This would take the number of SENs having access to a staffing resource to 8 as Moray SEN also announced the appointment their own Development Manager. Kim Sui and Mark McClelland-Jones will be job sharing and taking up post on 1st October. The other SENs with a bespoke staff resource include Edinburgh, Glasgow, East Lothian, Argyll and Bute, Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders.

Moray SEN holds its Annual Conference on Friday 9th Sept at Cumming Hall, Burghead Road, Kinloss, Forres. This year’s theme is “Revitalising Moray’s economy: Inspiring our communities” with the keynote speaker being Richard Lochhead MSP. See more,

Also in Moray, Cabrach Community Enterprise ltd is holding an Open Day on 3rd Sept with the theme being “working together to achieve community regeneration”. See more,

ABSEN is also holding its annual conference shortly – this time in October (5th/6th/7th) in Rothesay. See details

Reminder – in case you missed it last week of ‘Organogram’ of Scottish Govt’s Third Sector Division (TSD). The Division now has around 20 staff, split into 4 teams and has produced an excellent ‘Organogram’, showing who now does what. See,


TENDERS: Better Broadband for Whitsome, Scoping of education and training for bereavement care, Provision of Building Related Works within VisitScotland / Historic Scotland Property Estate, Environmental improvement works.  See more

EVENTS: 4th/5th Sept – DTA Scotland’s annual Conference at Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld. Keynote speakers include Jackie Killeen (Big Lottery), Peter Holbrook (Social Enterprise Coalition), and David Gunn (Climate Challenge Fund).

On 7th Sept, CEiS is hosting its annual Scottish Social Enterprise Conference at the Radisson in Glasgow. Amongst agenda items will be social enterprise and Third Sector Interfaces. Places still available, see,

Social Firms Scotland will be holding a Social Firm Success Stories event at The Scotsman in Edinburgh On 22nd Sept. It’s free. See

CELEBRATION: Furniture Plus are holding an annual celebration on the 30th August, see more details here

FRUITFUL SCHOOLS: The Children’s Orchard in Glasgow has its new season list of Scottish and Heritage fruit trees now available with special offers for Community and School Orchards attached. See,

PROGRAMME: The Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) is launching a new Coalfield Community Challenge Programme to support people with imaginative and innovative ideas that create jobs and respond to worklessness in Scotland’s coalfield areas. They are looking for 10 would be entrepreneurs, living and working in former coal mining areas, who want to launch their own new social enterprise. See more

RETREAT: Manavodaya UK are holding a residential retreat: 28 September to 1 October 2011 at Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery, Lockerbie, Scotland.  A course for students and practitioners of participatory development and sustainable social change.  See more

Case Study: Youth SEN

The Youth SEN was launched at the S2S Trade Fair 2010.  There were several young people establishing social enterprises but not engaged with existing Networks or the sector as a whole

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Health SEN, 1st Sep
West Lothian SEN, 1st Sep
Coalfields SEN, 6th Sep
Moray SEN Annual Conference, 9th Sep
Sports SEN, 13th Sep
East Lothian SEN, 16th Sep
Clacks SEN, 27th Sep
Edinburgh SEN, 29th Sep



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