Networks1st Update: Friday 28th September 2012

Senscot, this week, presented at the Parliamentary Cross Party Group on Food. We were asked to give an overview of the work and activity of the SENs with particular reference, of course, to the Community Food SEN (CFSEN). CFSEN is relatively new and was set up following a ’roundtable’ organised by Community Food Health Scotland. The SEN has met around 5/6 times, has nearly 30 members, but attendance at SEN meetings has been patchy. We are a very conscious that there are a number of active community food networks in Scotland and, in an effort to avoid duplication, we plan to host a joint meeting in the coming weeks to explore how best to take forward the work of the Community Food SEN.

Our Diane gave evidence this week at the Health and Sports Committee Inquiry into Community Sport. The Inquiry has the following themes: How to ensure people have the opportunities and support necessary to best contribute to sport at a local level – focusing on the role of volunteers; The benefit of local sports clubs both to the preventative health agenda and their communities; and the importance of places for sport, in terms of availability, accessibility, affordability, and quality of facilities. For more information and Diane’s contribution, see

The programme for the Cultural Social Enterprise Conference is now finalised – see . As well as hearing from our CCSEN members on the day, we’re delighted that Tony Butler from the Museum of East Anglian Life (MEAL) is joining us as keynote speaker. Tony was a social history curator before becoming director of MEAL in 2004. Since then, he has transformed a failing organisation into one which is leading developments in social and cultural enterprise in the UK’s independent museum sector.  Paul Zealey (Glasgow 2014) will also be delivering a presentation highlighting opportunities for cultural social enterprises for the Games and the Games Legacy. To book your place, see

Great to see a number of SEN members receiving investment from the Third Sector and Social Enterprise Challenge Fund. The £3m fund forms part of the Youth Employment Strategy and is investing in 24 projects that will give employment opportunities to more than 2,000 young people. See list of successful applicants,

Following the success of The Big Questions at last year’s Ceilidh, we’re bringing it back again this year. If you have a hot topic or question you’d like to see included, please let us know – contact Spaces are filling up quickly so if you’ve not booked already, you can do so here, Entries are now open for the Dragon’s Den, see

Scottish Government is currently consulting around the Procurement Reform Bill which will establish a national legislative framework for sustainable public procurement that supports Scotland’s economic growth. Social Firms Scotland, along with ourselves and Social Enterprise Scotland, has organised 2 events to consider and debate the current Bill objectives and to seek the views of the social enterprise community. The consultation process is your opportunity to influence the Bill; Scottish Govt has stressed that responses will play a key role in the Bill’s development. Please join us on October 9th in Glasgow or 16th October in Inverness (this event is supported by HISEZ).  Both events run from 10.30 – 12.30 – registration from 10am.  Book here,

Moray SENs Annual Gathering and Award Ceremony took place last Friday in Elgin. The event was very well attended with speakers from Highland and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Social Enterprise Academy, Social Enterprise Scotland and Senscot. In addition, there were a number of lively ‘elevator pitches’ from local social enterprises – raising awareness of their products and services. See list of award winners,


TENDERS: This week’s tenders include Addiction Services Employability Project, Specialist Advice Framework Agreement, Catering Services in Aberdeen and a Feasibility and Business Appraisal. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

NETWORKING: HISEZ CIC have announced the dates for their free Networking Lunches. These will give details of everything you need to consider when developing your Social Enterprise including who you can get support from, to developing business plans, market research or product design. See,

SPORTS: There is special offer from Floats International for Sports SEN members. The upcoming Swimming Teacher and Pool Safety Training in Glencoe will be discounted by £100. See,

CONFERENCE: In a previous bulletin we highlighted the joint conference by Community Foods Initiatives North East & CFE in London. The date has now been confirmed to take place on the 22nd Nov. Full information flyer and booking form is available. See,

EVENT: The Glass-House Community Led Design presents Putting People in their Place, a national debate series in partnership with The Academy of Urbanism, aimed at getting people talking about placemaking. This year we will explore the ever-changing relationship between people, place and value. See,   

Case Study: The Space – Sports SEN

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Dates for the Diary

Aberdeenshire SEN, 9th October
Sport SEN (West), 17th October
Start-up SEN (Virtual), 31st October
Dundee SEN, 31st October
Cultural Conference, 31st October
Borders SEN, 30th October
Ceilidh, 15th & 16th November
DGSEN, 29th November



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