Networks1st Update: Friday 26th July 2013

The Voluntary SE Code of Practice has 5 criteria – which set down the values and behaviour by which SE community in Scotland recognises one another. These criteria were updated recently, see Many SENs have now adopted the Code’s criteria as the basis for membership of their respective SENs. Over the coming months, we will be promoting the Code more widely in the  hope of getting as many SEN members as possible to sign up as ‘subscribers’. If you’d like to show your support, you can subscribe here,

In March, Mark Bradley (from the Fans Experience Company) was the keynote speaker at the Social Enterprise Edinburgh Summit – sharing his expertise on how SEs can create better experiences for their customers. One of The Fan Experience Company’s particular areas of expertise is how football clubs can improve the experience for families. Mark has been in touch re their initiatives that arranges mystery shopper-style visits by families to football clubs. They are on the look-out for families to visit a number of Scottish clubs between now and Dec 2013. If you’re interested, see

Over recent months, Danielle has been working to get the Community Food SEN up and running again. Attached is our first Community Food Newsletter – see, If you’d like to join the Community Food SEN or share info’ about SE and community food activity in your area, contact

There’s still time to get early bird rates for CEiS’s Social Enterprise Policy and Practice Event  on Wednesday 4th Sept at the Radisson Hotel, Glasgow.  An updated programme is now available and includes sessions on – Welfare Reform; Preventative Spend; Procurement Reform; social investment; and ‘walking the walk’ – showcasing the achievements of frontline social enterprises. For details, see
Reminder: Thursday, 1st August is closing date for expressions of interest for the next round of Third Sector Internships Scotland (TSIS) – with Interns starting in January 2014. TSIS aims to support students, undergraduates and post graduates from all Scottish universities to find paid work experience in the third sector. Many SEN members have already benefited from this initiative. If you’re interested, see
Glasgow Caley, in partnership with the SE Academy, will be running another postgraduate course in social enterprise – starts in September. The programme is designed around the needs and realities of practitioners and those supporting the field – and you can achieve a Certificate (1yr), Diploma (2yrs) or Masters (3yrs) in Social Enterprise. Bursaries – £500 per year off the cost of the fees – are available. See details,




TENDERS: ITT Mediation Services – East Lothian Council, Provision of materials recovery facility for co-mingled dry recyclables – Aberdeen City Council and Removal, Disposal and Replacement of Floor Coverings – Scottish Prison Service. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

FUND: Glasgow City Council is now inviting applications to the Community Facilities Social Enterprise Fund 2013/2014. The aim of the Fund is to support local communities to make better use of existing infrastructure; particularly those buildings that are currently underused or face difficulty. It is targeted at organisations which are on the pathway to community management of Council facilities. See,

SAVE THE DATE: On 20th August, Glasgow SEN is holding a full day study visit. This will be an opportunity to establish new contacts, learn about other social enterprises working in Glasgow, exchange learning and expertise with other members of GSEN and share challenges and create solutions. More information to follow.

EVENT: On 21st August Interserve construction is having a ‘Meet the Bidder’ event which will allow you to meet procurement managers from Interserve and Kajima involved in tendering contracts on large construction based projects in Scotland. This free event is aimed at supporting small, medium enterprises and social enterprises interested in tendering for a variety of contracts and work packages. See,

Case Study: Health and Social Enterprise Case Studies

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Dates for the Diary

Moray SEN, 7th August
Glasgow SEN, 7th August
Angus SEN, 8th August
Fife SEN, 20th August
Dundee SEN, 22nd August
Edinburgh SEN, 23rd August
Sport SEN East, 27th August
Aberdeen SEN Hot Seat Session, 29th August
DGSEN AGM, 12th September


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