Networks1st Update: Friday 27th April 2012

Booking are now coming in for both our June Conferences. The SE and Health event, ‘Fit for Purpose’, takes place on 14th June at the Teachers’ Building in St Enoch’s Square in Glasgow. See draft programme, To book, see . The SE and Sport Conference is the following week (21st June), at the Trades Hall in Glassford St, also in Glasgow. For programme and booking, see
Both events are also FREE to attend.

This week, Glasgow SEN member, Impact Arts, announced the appointment of their new CEO. Lynne Carr, who is currently chief executive of River Clyde Homes, will take up her position on 1st May from Susan Aktemel. Susan, after 18 years in the driving seat, will not be disappearing however, and will be involved going forward in a part-time ambassadorial role for Impact Arts. See press release,

Dundee SEN has appointed a new Development Officer this week. Susan Smith will taking up post shortly. Susan’s previous experience includes positions as a Funder for Ascension Trust and Development Worker for the Church of Scotland Parish Development Trust. The work will not be unfamiliar to her as Susan also holds a post graduate diploma with distinctions in Social Enterprise from Glasgow Caledonian.  We wish her every success.

Dundee SEN member, The Factory Skatepark is on a roll at the moment – gaining planning permission their new indoor soft play centre as well as taking delivery of the revolutionary ‘Freedom Climber’ – an innovative  rotating climbing surface. Construction on the soft play centre is due to start in early June, with an opening date scheduled for November. The new project will create an additional 18-20 full and part time permanent jobs. Support for the project has come from the Social Investment Fund and Climate Challenge Fund. The Factory Skatepark has been appointed as an ‘Agent for Scotland’ for the Freedom Climber and is looking forward to demonstrating its uniqueness to local schools and community centres.. See more,

In Oban this week, 6 Sports SEN members met up at Atlantis Leisure and agreed to form a loose ‘Federation of Community Swimming Pools’. One outcome of this will be that the new ‘Federation’ will be able to enter into a partnership arrangement with Scottish Swimming. The Sport SEN now has over 50 members – with 11 new members joining during 2011/12. For more info’, contact 

Community sport hubs are part of sportscotland’s contribution to the Scottish Government’s 2014 legacy plan – designed to increase the number of people of all ages participating in sport in communities across Scotland. One such example is the Clydebank Community Sports Hub which is bringing together a number of local community sports clubs keen to improve their both their facilities and their sustainability.  As one of the newest members of the Sport SEN, they are keen to adopt the social enterprise model and share the resources and peer support available.  See,


TENDERS: This week’s tenders include Outer Hebrides Destination Marketing Website, Provision of Tenancy Support Services, Supply of Ergonomic Furniture and Local Public Services in the Borders. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at  and follow on Twitter

VACANCY: One of the vacancies posted on the Senscot website this week is for an Employability Officer for the Long Term Conditions Alliance Scotland. See details and view all vacancies at

AWARD: Congratulations to the Media Co-op for the film "Mikey & Jools Keep Safe" which has won a prestigious Torc award at the Celtic Media Festival. The 5-min animation was commissioned by Scottish Women’s Aid for the CEDAR programme to support children recovering from domestic abuse. See, for more info and to view trailer.

O2 SOCIAL ENTERPRISE: O2 are offering free for social enterprises to sell their products to thousands of people in their offices for a day. Email them at with details of the products you sell and what you do.

TRAINING: The Social Return On Investment Network will be holding SROI Practitioner Training in Edinburgh on 14 & 15th June 2012. The course is designed to be taken as 2 days together, and provides training to a level suitable for trainees seeking to become accredited practitioners. See,

Case Study: Fife SEN

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Dates for the Diary

Glasgow SEN, 4th May
Health SEN, 8th May
Inverclyde SEN, 9th May
Fife SEN, 9th May
Aberdeen SEN, 9th May
Aberdeenshire, 10th May
DGSEN, 10th May
Stirlingshire SEN, 15th May
Dundee SEN AGM, 30th May
Fit For Purpose Conference, 14th June
Sport SEN Conference, 21st June



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