Networks1st Update: Friday 29th January 2010

For the last 3 years, Senscot has been working with a growing number of community sports organisations interested in adopting the social enterprise model with a view to boosting income, sustainability and the numbers of people coming through their doors. In doing so, we have built good working partnerships with both sportscotland and The Robertson Trust. Both are showing their support by providing a three year funding package to promote the social enterprise model to community sports organisations across Scotland. This means we can now go ahead and appointment of a Social Enterprise and Sport Co-ordinator. We’re sure this will be an interesting and challenging role. If you’re interested in applying, contact for an application pack or download at

A Single Outcome Agreement is the means by which Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs) agree their strategic priorities for their local area and express those priorities as outcomes to be delivered by the partners, either individually or jointly, while showing how those outcomes should contribute to the Scottish Government’s relevant National Outcomes. Senscot are convinced that social enterprises are contributing to the National Outcomes and that this information is not being captured at the moment. We would therefore appreciate if you could take 10 mins to complete the survey which will help us in mapping the contribution each SEN is making towards the National Outcomes. This information together with the vital stats that have already been collated will give us a clear indication of the contribution that social enterprises make to the Scottish economy. 

Each week Networks 1st profiles a case study.  Case studies are produced about both the Networks as a whole to highlight their development and about individual organisations to demonstrate the benefits of SEN membership.  They are passed onto the Government each quarter as part of the SEN’s ongoing monitoring and evaluation as well as being posted in Networks 1st and on the website.  If any organisation would like to have a case study done, please get in touch See


SUPPORT: Aspire to Enterprise is a Scottish Government programme providing a range of Business Support Services to ambitious, developing social enterprises in Lowland Scotland. In the last 2 years, the programme supported 130 social enterprises from the Borders to Aberdeen.  See more

EVENTS: Sink or Swim.  An increasing number of social enterprises (trusts/community business etc) are running swimming pools and leisure centres; but with cutbacks in local authority spending, a squeeze on other funders and high energy costs, what does the future hold for these community based organisations?  See more

TRAINING: The second round of the Fitness to Tender Programme is still open for booking in Edinburgh.  The dates of the training are 25th Feb, 11th March & 25th March. Contact for more details.  For information and a booking form see 

Case Study: Aberdeen Social Enterprise Network
The Aberdeen Social Enterprise Network was the second network to establish itself 4 years ago due to interest in the first group in Fife. Since then the group has gone from strength to strength attracting social enterprises from across the city
For the full case study go to:

Dates for the Diary

Voice 2010, 1st & 2nd Feb
Aberdeen SEN, 9th Feb
Edinburgh SEN, 9th Feb
Clacks SEN, 10th Feb
Coalfields SEN Conference, 26th March
Glasgow SEN, 26th March
Health SEN Conference, 23rd April