Networks1st Update: Friday 3rd December 2010

From April 2011, all local funding for the Third Sector will be channelled through the new `Single Interfaces`. A proportion of the Interface budget is specifically designated to `develop social enterprise` at a local level. Senscot, along with others, is lobbying to ensure that all Interfaces include social enterprise representation. In particular, we are arguing that where an area benefits from an active SEN – that this is a valuable specialist resource – best placed to represent the local social enterprise community – and should be the preferred channel for funding. In areas where no SEN yet exists, Senscot, along with others, will seek to ensure that some mechanism is in place so that social enterprises have access to appropriate and relevant support.

Significant developments in Edinburgh with regard social enterprise and the Edinburgh SEN in recent weeks. This week has seen the local Social Economy Partnership (ESEP) coming to an end with the Edinburgh SEN now being invited to be the strategic partner of the City Council’s Initiative – Social Enterprise Edinburgh (See SEE`s strategy document ). Edinburgh SEN has also become a partner in the new Single Interface, thereby creating one point of contact for social enterprise in the city.  With new Chief Executive, Sue Bruce (joining from Aberdeen in January), a well known ambassador for social enterprise, there is the prospect of a number of opportunities arising over the next couple of years for the Edinburgh SEN and its members.

The Youth SEN is hosting two study visits for delegates from the Chinese Youth Development Foundation which is currently on a research trip to the UK.  The Chinese are very interested in the social enterprise model and how young people can become involved -particularly in rural areas as they have a big problem with migrating population to the cities.  The group will be visiting Kibble, Green Banana, the Twechar Youth Group as well as hearing from the Social Enterprise Academy, Firstport and the Youth SEN about the range of support available for young people to engage with social enterprise.  We`ll update you on how things go.


SEN HOT DESKING:  Networks 1st is an Associate Member of The Melting Pot, a network of socially innovative organisations and individuals working throughout Scotland.  Therefore all SEN members have FREE access to their shared office, shared resources, informal meeting space and new soundproof ‘Melting Pod’ meeting space (sits up to 5)  – hours limited to get in quick.  See more

AWARDS: Congratulations to creative social enterprise Rag Tag ‘N’ Textile, who attendees as this year’s Social Enterprise Ceilidh in New Lanark, for winning the People Category at this year’s SURF Awards see here also to Clydesdale Community Initiatives (members of the Health SEN) who were highly commended in the Healthy and Employability Partnership category. 

SE WORLD FORUM: CEiS have released details of the upcoming International Visit Programme to South Africa in April 2011. The visit will incorporate attendance at the Social Enterprise World Forum in Johannesburg which has an incredible programme including visits to enterprises in Soweto, where their world class innovation is making a difference in disadvantaged communities. See more

SPACE: Castle Rock Edinvar has rooms available for lease including a gallery, theatre and office space within the SPACE building in Craigmillar.  If anyone is interested please contact Heather by email on

MEETING ROOMS: MECOPP Suites are conveniently located close to Edinburgh city centre on Leith Walk. The lower ground floor of this traditional Victorian building is dedicated to providing adaptable and flexible training and meeting rooms. We will be delighted to accommodate all of your meeting and training requirements, including video conferencing, Wi-Fi guest access, refreshments and catering.  See more

SOCIAL VISION: Now in its third year this photography competition is run by Triodos Bank and the Social Enterprise Coalition in association with Social Enterprise Magazine. The winners for each region and nation were announced on Social Enterprise Day, 18 November, see here

Case Study: Inverclyde SEN

On Social Enterprise Day, Inverclyde SEN member Enterprise Childcare opened their doors to Greenock Chamber of Commerce  Enterprise Childcare provides high quality, flexible childcare support, in community based venues, to improve the lives of parents & carers and their children in Inverclyde and surrounding areas. 

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Dates for the Diary

Aberdeen SEN, 7th December
Coalfields SEN, 7th December
Dundee SEN, 8th December
Edinburgh SEN, 14th December
Dumfries and Galloway SEN, 16th December


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