Networks1st Update: Friday 27th May 2011

The Scottish Govt’s £70m Change Fund is targeted at improving community-based health and social care services for older people. The Local Delivery Plans (Change Plans) are now available for each area online. See,  With many SEN members active in the field of health and social care, we are trying to highlight specific references to social enterprise/third sector engagement/opportunities for each of the 32 Plans over the next couple of weeks. This week, we have the first 12 (in alphabetical order). First impressions suggest there is genuine acknowledgement of the role of the third sector in the successful delivery of local Change Plans. Specific references to social enterprise are less common and serve to re-iterate the need for the engagement of the social enterprise community with their local Interfaces. We will have the full list next week. See,

A new services is now available that can provide support to SEN members interested in acquiring assets from their local authority. DTA Scotland has recently established the
Community Ownership Support Service (COSS). COSS will provide support to both local authorities and community enterprises in exploring and advancing the transfer of local authority assets to community ownership. Through its team of advisers, COSS (led by Linda Gillespie) will offer advice on all aspects of asset transfer; training packages; sign-posting to appropriate support agencies as well as web resources such as toolkits, case studies etc. For more info’ on COSS, contact Linda at See,

Next Wednesday (1st June) sees the launch of a new sports social enterprise in Edinburgh – the Hermitage Golf Club. This is a new venture being launched by Autism Initiatives. The 12 hole golf course was originally designed for young people but is open to beginners of all ages.  The course at the Braid Hills in Edinburgh has a number of additional facilities including a therapy room, small dance studio / meeting space and cafe. We’ll have more on our latest Sports SEN member over the next couple of weeks.  For more info’, contact or call 0131 447 5700.

The 2011 ‘Who’s Who’ Guide to social enterprise in Scotland seems to be proving popular – over 500 downloads it since we went public two weeks back. We’ll be continuing to update it over the next few weeks. See,


EVENTS: The Broomhouse Centre’s 20th Anniversary Celebration Day is on Friday 17th June 2011, 12.15pm for 12.30pm start to 3.30pm.  Eileen McCallum (star of River City and patron of the Beacon Club) and the RT Hon Alistair Darling are coming along to lead in the celebrations with champagne and canapés and a look back at the services over the years.  See more

Lambhill stables will be holding a “Grand Opening” ceremony during our next open day to mark the completion of building and the official opening of the project. There will fun for all the family, BBQ, face painting, live music, bike rides, scavenger hunt, arts and crafts and a lot more. It’s a great opportunity for local people to see the renovated building and community garden, and to pick up a timetable of new activities. See more

As your energy bills rocket, ever wished you could use the free energy from the sun to provide you with hot water for most of the year?  Now you can, thanks to an initiative by REAP’ we have negotiated on behalf of householders up to 40 % discount off normal prices for the purchase and installation of solar panels, in addition to available government incentive schemes. Expert Advice and Amazing offers, 28th May 2011, Elgin Town Hall, 10am to 5pm, Renewable Energy Exhibition.  See more

PRESS RELEASE: See here for a press release about a Waste Awareness Session that Aberdeen Forward is running for businesses in the North East.

Case Study: Sport SEN

Places are still available for Scotland’s first ever Social Enterprise and Sport Conference – taking place on 1st June at the Stirling Management Centre. Programme will include a mix of workshops on the role of volunteering in social enterprise; Generating income streams; Use of digital marketing and social media; and Legal structures. Panel discussion at the end will be led by Mel Young (Homeless World Cup) and Stewart Harris (sportscotland). See updated programme, . If you’d like to book, see

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Social Enterprise & Sport Conference, 1st June
Aberdeenshire SEN, 2nd June
D&G SEN, Procurement Event, 7th June
Edinburgh SEN, 7th June
Ayrshire SEN, 8th June
Stirling SEN, 20th June
Community & Food SEN, 29th June
Dundee SEN, 6th July



To unsubscribe or change subscription address, e-mail