Networks1st Update: Friday 2nd September 2011

Last week, a good number of SEN members attended a series of workshops, held across the country, on the new Enterprise Growth Fund. The Fund is being administered by a consortium, led by the Wise Group and includes CEiS, DSL and the Social Value Lab. It will be giving out awards to third sector organisations with the greatest potential to develop and grow. Awards will range from £25k up to £200k, with £4m to be disbursed by January 2012. The application process for the Fund itself opens today (12 noon) with interested organisations being able to download the Initial Enquiry Form. From noon on Tuesday 5th Sept, you will be able to submit completed Initial Enquiries with a deadline of 5pm on 19th Sept. See details,

This week saw the inaugural meeting of the West Lothian SEN. The meeting took place at Oatridge College with 18 folk attending. They have agreed on a date for their next meeting (8th Nov). The local Third Sector Interface will also be offering support. We’ll keep you posted on progress. For info on West Lothian SEN, contact

August was a really busy month for SEN meetings, possibly the busiest ever! In total, 14 SEN meetings took place, with staff from Just Enterprise and Scottish Government attending most meetings. If you’ve not had a visit and would be interested, contact

The Social Enterprise Academy and Networks 1st have been piloting a programme of learning for SENs. Dumfries and Galloway SEN and East Lothian SEN have recently completed their programme and Dundee SEN is about to undertake its final sessions. Feedback has been positive and we’re delighted to be looking at rolling this out with other SENs in the near future. More information will be available soon.
Scotland wins the World Cup!   As I’m sure many of you will have heard, the Scottish team were once again victorious at the Homeless World Cup in Paris at the weekend, beating Mexico 4-3 in the final. Scotland’s team is selected, coached and managed by Sport SEN member organisation, Street Soccer Scotland, headed up by social entrepreneur David Duke.  This will complete a journey for David as he himself was a member of the squad who won the competition in 2007. For more, see
Skills Development Scotland has launched its new online web service `My World of Work` which aims to help people plan, build and direct their career throughout their working lives. Providing information on skills, learning and employment, it supports the Scottish Government’s ambitions for the improved delivery of an all age, universal careers service.
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Congratulations to Fife SEN member, Furniture Plus who have just been awarded the new Volunteer Friendly Award. The Award is a simple, user-friendly quality standard designed to support, recognise and reward groups who are good at involving volunteers.  Having recently opened up more volunteering opportunities, Furniture Plus has enabled even more people to either develop their employability potential, their self confidence, or their community outreach through volunteering.


TENDERS: Education & Children’s Services Refurbishment / upgrade Contract, International Technology Renewable Energy Zone – Industry Engagement Building, Garden Maintenance Scheme and Leadership for Growth Programme.  See more

INTRA-TRADING: Networks 1st have been contacted by an organisation who is seeking a double cabin cruiser tipper pick up truck with automatic transmission. Are there any Network Members that can help supply one? Contact  if you can help.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Broxburn United Sports Club (BUSC) is actively seeking an enthusiastic, flexible and committed individual to join the team to deliver community sport and physical activity programmes in Broxburn and the surrounding areas.  For more information see

FUNDING: Cashback For Communities – funding available for youth project especially sport, art and music – deadline 16th September

Television and digital media Funding – A funding package for training and development in television and digital media has been announced, The Creative Edge partnership will be worth more than £1.4 million over three years to Scottish talent and creative businesses. More info

Firstport are on the look out for Social Entrepreneurs who are in the start up phase of their social enterprise.  If you have already developed and tested your idea but need more time to implement it then a level 2 award could pay for your living expenses. Level 2 awards are awards of up to £20,000.  See more

EVENTS: NOURISH Scotland is a free Local and Sustainable Food Networking Day for Ayrshire on 9th September 10am-4pm (as part of Scottish Food and Drink fortnight).  See more details

Case Study: Broxburn United Sports Club Case Study

After 10 long years, August 2010 saw the official opening of Broxburn United Sports Club (BUSC) facility.  BUSC is a coming together of local football clubs; Broxburn Athletic FC, Broxburn Athletic Colts FC, Uphall Diamonds BUFC and Broxburn Athletic Amateurs.

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Moray SEN Annual Conference, 9th Sep
Sports SEN, 13th Sep
Cultural SEN, 14th Sep
East Lothian SEN, 16th Sep
Clacks SEN, 27th Sep
Boarders SEN, 28th Sep
Edinburgh SEN, 29th Sep
Dundee SEN, 5th Oct



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