Networks1st Update: Friday 3rd February 2012

A key element within Scottish Govt’s public service reform policy is the engagement with the third sector. Last week, we circulated the Health Roundtable’s ‘SE and Health Policy Context Paper’ (See  We also reported on the launch of the ‘Developing New Markets’ contract (See, Scottish Govt and the Third Sector Research Forum have also produced a related paper, entitled “Why involve the third sector in health and social care delivery?”  Recommendations include the assertion that "the evidence demonstrates areas in which third sector activities complement and directly support work towards meeting the healthcare Quality Outcomes ambitions for Scotland – and building on these will be essential in moving forward with the ambitions for better services for Scotland."  See,

John Swinney, this week, announced the organisations which were successful in their applications for investment from the Enterprise Growth Fund. 60 organisations shared a pot of £6m worth of investment to either build on existing work or to develop new ventures. From our point of view, we were delighted to see that nearly 50% of awardees are active SEN members. Here’s the full list – plus breakdowns on geography, turnover and grant value,

SEN members, Media Co-op, has received further international acclaim for its work at two international film festivals. The Glasgow-based film production company has had a documentary and an animated film recognised at film festivals in Berlin and Chicago. Media Co-op’s Louise Scott says, “There’s not many workers co-operatives or social enterprises in the film industry so we’re specially proud to get this international recognition for the quality of our work”. See more,

Wee reminder of the Social Enterprise Exchange – Tuesday, 27th March, SECC, Glasgow. Some reduced places still available (£50 plus vat; normal price £94 plus vat) – to SEN MEMBERS ONLY. Organisers, CEiS Events, are making a special point of engaging as many social enterprise suppliers as possible. Here’s their list to date,

Deadline for applications for Firstport’s Level 2 awards is 5pm on Friday 24th February 2012. They 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,

Just Enterprise is running a series of FREE workshops across the country – next ones in Aberdeen, Inverness and Stirling. Topics will include finance training, procurement & tendering awareness and a variety of business development topics.  Sponsored by the Scottish Government and specifically designed to promote the growth of this country’s third sector. For more info, see


MELTING POT: The Melting Pot in Edinburgh have released details of February’s Members only and Public events inc. IT Support and Boosting Your Leadership skills. Also, after the success of the co-working ‘Jelly Day’ they will be taking place each quarter. See more:

CELEBRATION: Moray SEN invite you to a celebration of Social Enterprise on the 8th of Feb in Elgin. Celebrate amongst friends and colleagues and feel part of a collective of folk who are making a real difference in so many different and interesting ways! This day will
be a networking event with a difference. For more info, visit RSVP to by 3rd February.

GAMES LEGACY: The Games Legacy Team are hosting a free event on the 14th Feb in Edinburgh and invite you to contribute your thoughts and ideas to help engage and involve communities across the whole of Scotland in creating a meaningful and lasting legacy.
Day will consist of key speakers and workshop sessions aimed at ensuring you are up to speed with all aspects of planning for London 2012 and Glasgow 2104. See,

COOKERY: You Can Cook have been successful in receiving funding to run cookery classes for young people in the Peebles and Innerleithen area. Funding is for 4 programmes on healthy cooking and is aimed at young people between 12-18 years old. These are designed to be fun and interactive and will be held during the year in venues across Peebles and Innerleithen. For more info, visit or call 0845-224-0896.

TRAINING: Enliven Your Community – Free Facilitator Training in Creative Words for Health & Wellbeing. Training will equip volunteers and staff in disadvantaged areas of Glasgow with the skills to inspire creativity in people within their local communities. More info

JOB VACANCY: Ladywood Leisure centre have a position available for a Development Officer / Deputy Manager. For details

Case Study: Moray SEN

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Inverclyde & Moray SEN, 8th Feb
Dundee SEN, 15 Feb
Borders SEN, 15th Feb
Sport SEN, 24th Feb
Aberdeenshire SEN Manifesto Launch, 9th Mar
Stirlingshire SEN, 12th Mar
Fife SEN, 14th Mar
Dundee SEN, 28th Mar



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