Networks1st Update: Friday 30th March 2012

Tuesday saw the launch of the ‘Voluntary Code of Practice for Social Enterprise in Scotland’. The Code – see, – has already attracted a number of notable names as early subscribers. It was good therefore to hear this week that Edinburgh SEN has signed up as well. We’ll be contacting the other constituted SENs over the coming weeks, inviting both them and their members to sign up as well. To subscribe, see

Last week, Edinburgh SEN, in partnership with Edinburgh City Council and Forth Sector, hosted a ‘Social Enterprise Summit’ at the Council Chambers. Almost 50 attendees participated in discussions and workshops. A particular highlight was the joint presentation by Crescent Kitchen and Sir Robert MacAlpine’s on the catering contract for the Edinburgh International Conference Centre’s extension. See,

Aberdeenshire SEN have launched a Social Enterprise Manifesto for Aberdeenshire. The manifesto seeks the support of local policy makers on issues including Community Benefit Clauses and Social Return on Investment, see

Are you involved in The Change Fund? The Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) should be engaged at a local level. We know that in some areas this has been challenging but we’re keen to find out how many SEN members are engaged. If you’re willing to share your experience, please contact

Senscot and the Social Enterprise Academy have been working in partnership for the last couple of years to offer affordable learning programmes for SEN members. Last year, D&GSEN, Dundee SEN and East Lothian SEN all participated in bespoke programmes. This year, the Culture and Creative SEN and the Youth SEN are currently participating in Leadership with Impact Measurement and Partnership programmes. We are currently working with the Academy on a slightly different approach for the programme in 2012/13. We’ll have more info’ soon. For more, contact

Borders SEN member, You Can Cook, in partnership with NHS Lothian, is providing Hand-on Cookery Classes for children and young people with allergies and their parents/carers. The intention is to help shape the future of allergy services in Scotland. The Children’s and Young People’s Network Scotland (CYANS), a new National Managed Clinical Network, has been set up to look into current allergy service provision and make recommendations to the Scottish Government. Recommended improvements will enable NHS Scotland to respond effectively to the ongoing allergy epidemic. The pilot will take place in 3 different locations in Scotland. See


MENTORS: Claverhouse Training is seeking experienced business people who can support the New Enterprise Allowance programme participants. See,

A BED OF ROSIE’S: Social Enterprises Glencraft and Rosie’s Framers & Crafts are collaborating, Glencraft manufacture high quality mattresses & beds and provide
career opportunities to disadvantaged disabled and visually impaired people offered to display and sell art work from Rosie’s Framers & Crafts Gift Shop. See,

INTRATRADING: There have been a few requests on the Intra-trading site including a network member seeking to purchase PC’s. Login and register at For info, contact

SPACEBANK: An innovative new scheme has been set up to assist third sector organisations in Perth and Kinross to maximise the use of their resources. Spacebank will provide an online hub that will help social economy sector organisations to hire out any of their under-used resources or facilities, such as halls, rooms and desk spaces, or even tools and equipment. See,

CAFÉ@THESPACE: Yesterday, theSPACE Skatepark opened the doors to its new café, Café@theSPACE. theSPACE was conceived and created by Uprising East Lothian and is a grass-roots social enterprise working hard to bring people in North Berwick, East Lothian and way beyond a popular, youth powered and relevant community facility. See,

AWARDS: Congratulations to the Glasgow Bike Station for their 3 recent awards. See, for details. As of 31st of March to they will be moving address to 65 Haugh Road, Glasgow, G3 8TX.

Case Study: theSPACE (Sport SEN)

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Dates for the Diary

Cultural & Creative SEN, 4th Apr
Borders SEN, 10th Apr
Edinburgh SEN, 17th Apr
DGSEN, 10th May
Fife SEN, 9th May
Dundee SEN, 9th May
Sport SEN Conference, 21 June



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