Networks1st Update: Friday 2nd March 2012

The Cultural and Creative SEN has taken considerable strides this year. Membership has increased to 25 SEs; a leadership programme is being agreed with the Social Enterprise Academy; and a conference is scheduled for the autumn. The SEN is still keen to reach out to other similar organisations that are making a significant social impact in areas such as youth, equality and health.  As part of this, a leaflet has been created, highlighting social enterprise as a business model for the cultural and creative industries. It’s titled ‘ An Introduction to Social Enterprise and the Cultural and Creative Sector’. See flyer,

Working in SE, we see lots of great work but every now and then something comes along that really inspires you. This week, Public Health Minister, Michael Matheson launched the Social Return on Investment report for Impact Arts innovative Craft Café project. Based at Castlemilk Stables, the Craft Cafe programme offers a creative solution to the isolation and loneliness experienced by many older people, providing a space where they feel welcome and relaxed. It offers a range of creative activities supported by a professional artist – and is now an established part of the local community. The event came to life when listening to some of the older people tell how for the first time in their lives, they looked up at the sky and really noticed the colours and the changing of the seasons. You can’t put a value on that! See,

Aberdeenshire SEN is to hold a Manifesto Launch and Information Event next week in Aberdeen supported by the Aberdeenshire Third Sector Interface.  The event will include a series of workshops as well as providing an opportunity for local councillors to network with the local social enterprise community. For info’, contact

Arts Ventures is a new initiative which will attempt to marry up social investors with arts organisations wanting non-grant income and are currently looking for arts organisations interested in taking part in the pilot programme. The initiative is being set up to fund capital developments or boost earned income for arts organisations. For more, see

The SE Exchange is on 27th March at the SECC in Glasgow. So far, over 1,000 delegates have signed up – including over 100 SEN members – and the organisers, CEiS events, have ensured that over 20 social enterprises will be directly involved in the supply of food, social media and recycling etc. Bookings close on Tuesday 13th March. See,

Spring is in the air at Sport SEN members Hermitage Golf with both a Golf Club sale on 24th March and a family open day on 1st April.  Located at the Braid Hills in Edinburgh, the social firm has a 12 hole golf course – ideal for children and beginners; a new horticulture project; as well as an on-site cafe.  For more, contact or go to,

Congratulations to Aberdeen SEN member, Send-it fulfilment solutions, on being awarded the ISO9001:2008 certification for quality assurance – one of the first in our sector in the North East. For more, see


SPORTS SEN CONFERENCE: The date and venue of this year’s Sports SEN Conference takes place on 1st June at the Trades Hall in Glasgow. Attendees will include both established and aspiring sports social enterprises as well as a wide range of sport development professionals. More details and a full agenda will be announced in the coming weeks.

FUNDRAISER: Theatre NEMO is holding a fundraiser on 4th March at 7pm in Glasgow to continue the delivery of their community and hospital work with adults with mental illness. For full information, see

GODDESS: Strange Theatre presents Goddess, a series of events in collaboration with the Scottish Storytelling Centre to celebrate the 101st International Women’s Day (Thu 8th March) and Women’s History Month during March 2012.

FREE FUND RAISING EVENT: Argyll & Bute Social Enterprise Network, along with other partners, are hosting a ‘There’s More To Fundraising Than Grants’ event in Kilmory Castle on 17th Mar. See

FINTRY DEVELOPMENT TRUST: The Fintry Renewable Show, FRESH 2012, is playing host on March 9th to the entertaining debating format ‘Moving Conversations’.

TENDERS: Over 25 tenders on the Ready for Business website including: Coalfield Community Futures Programme 2012, PAT Testing for Falkirk Council, Business Gateway services in Lanarkshire, Dumfries & Galloway and the Ayrshire’s. For more details see Follow on Twitter with the username @RdyForBusiness

EVENT: Clackmannanshire TSI and Firstport are hosting a two hour workshop on Mar 20th. Taking place in Alloa and titled ‘What is Social Enterprise’, it is for anyone who would like to know more about social enterprise. There will be a market place taking place after the workshop. See,

Case Study: MY Adventure (Sports Network)

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Dates for the Diary

Edinburgh SEN, 7th Mar
Stirlingshire SEN, 12th March
West Lothian SEN, 14th Mar
Fife SEN, 14th Mar
Dumfries & Galloway SEN, 20th Mar 
Clackmannanshire SEN, 20th Mar
Sport SEN, 21st Mar
Dundee SEN, 28th Mar
Borders SEN, 29th Mar



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