Networks1st Update: Friday 26th March 2010

Clacks SEN has completed a Single Outcome Agreement Survey as part of the ongoing discussions around the Single Interface.  As with their ‘Vital Stats’ survey, it has produced impressive results.  Collectively, members are contributing towards 13 out of the 15 national indicators in health, education, employability, inequalities and the environment.  Over the coming months, we hope other SENs can also complete the survey. We also intend to carry out a similar survey at a local level – to demonstrate how local SENs are contributing towards their local SOA Indicators. For more info, contact

As the deadline for Single Interfaces to be operating, at least in pilot form, fast approaches, different models are emerging across the country. In Argyll and Bute, a Third Sector Partnership has been formed between ABSEN, Argyll Voluntary Action (formerly Argyll CVS and Argyll and Bute Volunteer Centre) Islay and Jura CVS and Bute Community Links. Although not a straightforward process, it is hoped that this Third Sector Partnership will prove to be a strong voice for social enterprises as well as wider third sector bodies, particularly in the more difficult climate that lies ahead.
This year’s ‘Fit for Purpose’ takes place on Friday 23rd April at the Perth Concert Hall. Our keynote speakers include Mary Allison (Director of Programme Design and Delivery at NHS Health Scotland) and Dr Lynne Friedli (one of the UK’s leading mental health specialists and advocate of social prescribing). We are keen to get as many health professionals to the event as possible, please forward the details to your contacts. Download flyer and book your place here

Perth SEN has got off the ground this week meeting for the first time.  The group has been meeting informally with support from the local authority and has decided that it would like to become part of Networks 1st.  There are now SEN’s in Dundee, Angus and Perth covering the Tayside area.  We’ll keep you posted on their progress. For more info contact


TRAINING: As part of their on-going support to social enterprises, CEiS, The Supplier Development Programme & Partners are running a series of free tender writing workshops across Scotland.  As part of a capacity raising exercise, this programme has been designed specifically for managers and staff of Third Sector organisations, who have responsibility for business development and tender writing.  The workshops promise to be key training events for any organisation wishing to compete for public sector contracts.

Effective Social Media Workshop 22nd April – there are still a few places left on this course which covers: what makes social media tools different; why it’s important for charities and not-for-profits to engage with them; how other charities and not-for-profits are using them; a quick look at some of the most popular tools, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube; how to plan your social media strategy to make the most of your time and resources; how to build your audiences and turn engagement into action; how to measure and monitor results. More details

FUNDING: The Scottish Centre for Intergenerational Practice (Generations Working Together) wishes to provide funding to stimulate projects that demonstrate good practice and innovation in intergenerational activities in Scotland. There will be a limited number of grants of £250 to £750 through the one-off Micro Grants Programme.

CONTRACT: Ready for Business – Contract opportunities are growing significantly through this new initiative. Opportunities being highlighted on to those registered for Ready for Business this week include: trainers to run their Leader training course services for The Highland Council, electrical testing contractors for the Moray Council and more see

This is an opportunity for 6 months work project managing a capital programme of work.

Case Study:

The Tayside Social Enterprise Network has split to meet local needs.  Now there are three SENs covering the Tayside area – Dundee, Angus and Perth.  The Dundee SEN has actively engaged with 24 organisations since it began 3 years ago and members have developed a strong relationship with Dundee City Council and the Chamber of Commerce.
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Dates for the Diary

Sport SEN, 29th March
Aberdeen SEN, 30th March
Cultural SEN, 14th April
S2S, 21st April
Health SEN Conference, 23rd April
Cultural Conference, 26th May