Networks1st Update: Friday 31st July 2009

The Enterprise Fund is a great opportunity for LSEN members to build their capacity. To date, the Fund has approved nearly 40 applications, totalling approximately £2.7m. Aberdeen SEN has had particular success with Aberdeen Forward, Multi-Ethnic Aberdeen (MEAL) and Send-It (formally Printability) all receiving awards. The Melting Pot in Edinburgh also got good news this week with an award of £100k. Scottish Govt is particularly keen to receive application from Inverclyde, East Ayrshire and West Dumbartonshire. For details on the fund, see

Networks Ning is directly linked to the Networks 1st website and members can post DVD’s and photos, sign up for the Social Enterprise Ceilidh or start discussions about topics of collective interest. Networks Ning`s membership is now up at 64. To sign up or view DVDs, see

Special Offer available to Network members for CEiS`s International Social Enterprise Business Models Conference on 2nd September 2009 at the Radisson Hotel in Glasgow. If we can get 10 members interested in attending, costs will reduce from £150 per head to £90. The event will showcase international and local social enterprise best practice and cover key themes such as mergers, acquisitions and partnerships. The Conference has some top notch speakers. See details, If you`d like to attend, contact

Senscot is recruiting for a Network Co-ordinator. The successful candidate will be working with Anna and me in helping the Networks move towards their next stage of development. Please note contact details. See more,

Case Study

The Factory Skatepark is the first purpose-built facility of this type in the country. The new building has approximately 16,500 square feet of skating area. Boards, Blades and BMX’s are all catered for and there are competitions for each of the disciplines throughout the year. They play an active role developing the Tayside SEN. See Case Study:

Network Notices

Free Seminar – Developing social enterprise opportunities through the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Tuesday 1st September 2009, 2.00pm to 5.00pm, Room 15, Radisson SAS in Glasgow. The seminar will provide up to date information on contracts, tender opportunities and procurement processes; opportunities for collaborative working; and details of games-specific enterprise support delivered by Aspire to Enterprise. To book a place, contact

Senscot is a partner in the Knowledge and Skills Exchange Fund, managed by Local People Leading ( The Knowledge & Skills Exchange Fund aims to support activities which promote the exchange and dissemination of good practice amongst partner members. Senscot is able to support activity that will benefit either a whole LSEN or a number of Network members rather than individual organisations. Networks can apply for up to £1000 to support their planned activities. For more info`, contact

Dates for Your Diary

Edinburgh Summer drinks, Thurs 6th Aug
Invercylde SEN Fri 14th August
Clacks SEN, Wed 19th Aug
Tayside SEN, Thurs 20th Aug
Sport SEN, Mon, 24th Aug
Edinburgh SEN, Tues 25th Aug
Fife SEN, Wed 26th Aug
Health SEN, Tues. 18th Sept