Networks1st Update: Friday 30th July 2010

The SVA Learning Events being run by the Social Enterprise Academy for the Single Interfaces begin, with the first of four, in Aberdeen on Friday the 27th of August. These events are tasked to develop Business Plans for the Single Interfaces which have to be delivered to the Scottish Government by November. ( As highlighted in the flyer, all costs will be reimbursed and the Academy will also be rewarding attendees with an Award in Leadership (ILM Level 5). So far Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee SENs have been invited to attend. Contact details are available for each of the four events so if there are any SENs keen to be involved now’s the time to get in touch and book your places. For more info, contact

The SENs study visits continue to be a success. To build on this we are organising a series of visits to innovative social enterprises across the country that will be open to all SEN members. If there is somewhere you would like to go and see please get in touch and we will see if we can match you up with other interested parties and organise a visit. Study visits are a great way to learn from others experience and get inspirational ideas to take back to your own organisation. Contact
Diane met with John Fellows, Big Lottery in Scotland this week to learn how community based sports organisations can tap into these funds.Although they plan to provide more hands on support, the message loud and clear is that if you don’t fit at least one objective under Investing in Communities, then don’t apply. John was keen to stress that Investing in Ideas is more readily available to explore plans. For Growing Community Assets organisations must own or plan to own the asset they want to take over. But it’s worth noting that from this summer, Local Authorities no longer need Ministerial approval to dispose of assets to communities below market value. It should be interesting to see how this affects Govanhill Baths Community Clubs who hope to acquire the asset from Glasgow City Council. 


READYFORBUSINESS: The first issue of’s online brief is now available online.

EVENTS: ‘Influence – Inform – Connect’ hosted by MacKay Hannah on the 3rd Nov 2010 with speaker John Swinney. Decreased capital and public sector budgets will present a major challenge to those charged with planning and delivering capital projects see more

The Big Lottery Fund outreach team will be coming to a venue near you over the coming months as part of a series of BIG information days. These will enable local groups to find out about all of BIG’s funding programmes in Scotland ranging from its flagship Investing in Communities fund to its small grants schemes such as 2014 Communities and Awards for All.  See here for more

LAUNCH: Scottish Orchards is a new organisation for anyone interested in promoting and developing orchards in Scotland. They aim to encourage people who share our vision of a more fruitful Scotland. See

MARKETING: Social Enterprise Marketing Service – The third sector is becoming increasingly competitive. Grant providers are making tough choices how to distribute diminishing project funds. Service Level Agreements have to be competitively tendered for and clients have many options for how they spend their time and the lifestyle they lead, marketing can help social sector organisations. See more

Case Study: Dundee International Women’s Centre
The Dundee International Women’s Centre has successfully engaged women from many different social, religious, cultural or other excluded backgrounds for the past 40 years. They provide a truly multicultural service to all women.
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Dates for the Diary

Borders SEN, 5th August
Glasgow SEN, 13th August
Ayrshire SEN, 17th August
Dumfries and Galloway SEN 19th August
Clacks SEN, 24th August
Edinburgh SEN, 25th August
Fife SEN, 26th August
Sports SEN, 31st August
Aberdeen SEN, 31st August
Dundee SEN, 1st September
Social Enterprise Ceilidh, 18-19th November



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