Networks1st Update: Friday 3rd June 2011

The first Social Enterprise & Sport national conference took place on Wednesday, 1st June at the Stirling Management Centre. The day was a real success with over 100 delegates attending and giving the event a great buzz. The day kicked off with a keynote speech from one of Scotland’s best known social entrepreneur, Mel Young (Homeless World Cup). Mel rounded off his presentation with a call for a bespoke social enterprise sport strategy. Delegates fed into this discussion with a range of views on how to design a clear vision for a sustainable community sports infrastructure for Scotland. Once we collate all feedback, a draft strategy will be circulated for consultation. We expect this to take place over the summer. The day ended with inspirational stories from other successful social entrepreneurs -David Duke (street soccer), Joanne MacPherson (Ullaspool), Neil Matheson (Atlantis Leisure) and Derek Marshall (Factory Skatepark).

Update: Yesterday, Sports Minister, Shona Robison, announced a series of initiatives to support the development of sport within local communities. The initiatives include a £500,000 fund to encourage community ownership and management of sport facilities. See more,

Last week, we put together specific third sector/social references within the local Change Plans. Here’s the completed list. See,

Good to hear of two SEN collaborating on a new initiative. BRAG (Fife SEN) is teaming up with The Melting Pot (Edinburgh SEN), for their new Lothians` based programme, `Motivate to Innovate`. The new programme will offer 10 individuals a series of seminars covering issues specific to the formation of their social enterprises. They will include an intro to social enterprise, feasibility, business sustainability, procurement as well as visits to successful social enterprises. Participants will come from across the Lothians and be able to access funding of up to £6k. It will operate out of The Melting Pot’s premises in Rose St, Edinburgh and starts on 16th June. See more,

One of the earliest Networks to be set up was in Argyll and Bute. ABSEN has been very active over the years with their regular newsletter and a number of well attended events, notable their annual Trade Fair and Dragons` Den. Recently, they have appointed a new Development Manager, Bill Stewart. We wish Bill well in his new role. See ABSEN`s latest Newsletter,

See 2011‘Who’s Who’ Guide to social enterprise in Scotland, We’ll be continuing to update it over the next few weeks. See,


INTRATRADING: Have you registered on the Intra-trading site for SEN members yet? It’s completely free, and you can buy and sell from other network members across Scotland. Already, Senscot Legal, Streetwork and Twechar Community Action have had responses to their buying requests through the website! Register here to set up your selling profile and buy from other social enterprises.

TENDERS: Delivery of Business Gateway Business Skills Workshops & Specialist Advice in the Outer Hebrides; Machrihanish Airbase Community Company – Business Consultancy Stage; Potential for Renewable Local Energy Generation in the Stirling Council area; Training Programme to Prepare the NHS and Social Services Dementia Champions as Change Agents. For more info, see

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EVENT: Essentials of Corporate Fundraising – To give participants an introduction to corporate fundraising and the skills to identify and approach potential supporters. As a result of attending the course, participants will understand the main corporate fundraising techniques and know how to research and approach companies and give them an understanding of what companies are looking for from charities. More here,

COURSE: Elementary Food Hygiene Courses 2011 by Edinburgh Cyrenians. Courses are held at the Edinburgh Cyrenians Depot at 84 – 86 Jane Street, Leith EH6 5HG. Edinburgh Cyrenians can also deliver to outside projects – please ask for possible dates. If you are interested in applying for a place or places on any of these courses. See

Case Study: Health SEN Case Study 

The Health SEN was set up in the early part of 2007, after the 1st Fit for Purpose event. Since then the group has been developing its remit and been the basis for a lot of developments which Senscot has.

Download full case study here,

Dates for the Diary

D&G SEN, Procurement Event, 7th June
Edinburgh SEN, 7th June
Ayrshire SEN, 8th June
Stirling SEN, 20th June
Community Food SEN, 29th June (Fife)
Dundee SEN, 6th July
Fife SEN, 31st August



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