Networks1st Update: Friday 29th July 2011

From this week, Kim will be taking over Colin’s duties, reporting on SEN activity for Networks News.

One of the most challenging issues that has faced local SENs over the last 12/18 months has been their ability to fully engage with their local Single Interfaces. At times, our reporting has not been considered ‘balanced or fair’ (see main bulletin) by Interfaces who have been making genuine efforts to ensure that all elements within the third sector are adequately supported. On a positive note, we are please to report that SENs are now engaged in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Moray, Inverclyde, Clackmannanshire, Fife, Argyll and Bute, East Lothian and Dumfries and Galloway. Discussions are ongoing in the Borders but, regrettably, there is still appears to be an impasse in Aberdeen. We’ll keep you posted on developments

Last chance for SEN members to access a ‘discounted’ place at CEiS’ Social Enterprise Conference in the Radisson Hotel in Glasgow on 7th Sept. There are one/two places left. Cost will be £75 for SEN members as opposed to £99. We will allocate last two places on first come basis. If interested, contact  – before 3pm today (Friday 29th July). See Conference details,

Big Date for your diary: This year’s Ceilidh (our 7th) will be taking place on 17th/18th November at our usual venue at New Lanark. The programme will include some of the old favourites (i.e. Dragons’ Den etc) but, in addition, we’re planning a couple of new/refreshed items. One very important change to note, however, is that, this year, we will be charging a fee for the first time. With things being much tighter this year, we need to make sure that we are able to cover all our costs. We are setting the fee at £30 pp for SEN members. Booking forms etc will be available over the next couple of weeks.

A first, we think, for Fife SEN who will have Cabinet Minister, John Swinney attending their August meeting. This ties in with Scottish Govt`s habit of moving summer Cabinet meetings around the country. This year, they’re taking place in Fort William, Stranraer, Kirkcaldy and Elgin. See,

Sport SEN members have also been busy engaging with the Scottish Government on their Summer Cabinet visit to Fort William.  Stramash, the outdoor social enterprise based in Oban, were invited to a reception to celebrate the work done to promote and develop activity in the outdoors. See their blog,   Lochaber Sports Association were also present to talk about their proposal for an innovative covered pitch facility for Fort William. See more,

More good news in Fife, with SEN member, Recycle Fife receiving £45k from the Coalfield Regeneration Trust to develop `Barrel Crafted`. This will allow Recycle Fife to employ two joiners and a designer as well as offering a number of training placements to young people. Barrel Crafted will be using old whisky barrels to create a range of products to sell through E-Bay. See more,


TENDERS: Supply & Delivery of Aids for Daily Living, Occupational Therapy Equipment and Supporting Services, Bread, Rolls and Teabread for NHS, Residential and Education Provision for Children Affected by Autism, Repainting of Council Houses, April 2012 – March 2017 Programme.  See more at

SOCIAL MEDIA: Is your organisation using Twitter? Let us know and we will set-up a list of Network members to make it simple for users to follow all Tweets from members in that group. If you have not done so already follow us at  Networks 1st also has a presence on Facebook at the following link

SPORT: Sport SEN member, the Kirkcudbright Swimming Pool are thanking everyone for their votes in their recent bid for funding from the People’s Millions.  With huge support they were granted a bonus award of the full £60,000 which will allow them to move ahead with their plans for solar panels thus helping to "green" the swimming pool as well as make savings on fuel costs. For more information check out

FUNDING: Community-owned shops in Scotland are set to receive a boost with the announcement of a new three-year funding package for their support organisation, the Community Retailing Network (CRN).  The package is made up of £82,100 from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, £36,000 from Highlands & Islands Enterprise and £15,000 from The Co-operative Group.  See more

EVENTS: ‘Join the Dots’ has been organised to bring everyone who is connected to the Third Sector or has a volunteering element within their organisation, together.  In recent times it has become obvious that networking and partnership working is often the missing dot. Therefore we are inviting all our partners and colleagues from across Moray to come along and get involved in what will be the biggest networking event the Third Sector has seen in some time. See more

Case Study: Moray SEN

Set up in 2006, Moray Social Enterprise Network (MSEN) carries out networking, training, events and other support activities. MSEN is moving forward with the next steps in developing the group. Network member REAP won the tender to deliver admin support for the 2010-2011 and will aim to build on the success of previous Social Enterprise Awards Dinners and Community of Business events.

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Ayrshire SEB, 3rd August
Borders SEN, 4th August
Clacks SEN, 9th August
Sports SEN, 12th August
Youth SEN, 16th August
Glasgow SEN, 17th August
Dundee SEN, 17th August
Dumfries & Galloway SEN, 18th August
Argyll & Bute SEN, 22nd August
Aberdeenshire SEN, 25th August
Fife SEN, 25th August
SEN Reps Meeting, 26th August
Health SEN, 1st September



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