Networks1st Update: Friday 3rd September 2010

Big Senscot turnout for yesterday’s `next steps for social enterprise in Scotland` Conference in Glasgow. Great speakers – 240 delegates – an inspiring occasion. This was the gathering of a much more mature and confident community than even last year. As well as surviving the Q&A at the end, I particularly enjoyed Toby Eccles` (Social Finance) presentation on Social Impact Bonds and their potential to change the nature of investment in social enterprise. We’ll keep you posted on their progress. Congratulations are due to CEiS who organise this annual event – which has become unmissable. Here’s the list of speakers,

The Perth and Kinross SEN are hosting a Fun Gala Day at Giraffes Cafe on Sat 18th September, 11-4pm at The Green, South Inch Park. Social Enterprises are invited to have a stand on the day to exhibit, sell goods and provide activities. To book a stand, get in touch with Anna for more information here

This week saw the Sports SEN meeting in very sunny North Ayrshire, hosted by new member Kilwinning Sports Club (  The event included a visit to another member, Evolution Skatepark. There was lots of lively discussion and great networking – ideas for the future included study visits both home and away a time banking system to formalise peer support within the Network, and a promise to complete our recent sports survey to ensure we can tell our story supported with good statistics re participation and economic impact. To complete the survey click here


OPPORTUNITIES: The Scottish Social Enterprise Academy is offering a learning opportunity called Ignite Residential: Scaling up your Social Enterprise.  This is to be held Houston House, Uphall, West Lothian on Fri 29 October to 1 November 2010.  Here you will identify your key motivations, clarify your goals, and plan the next steps of your organisation’s growth. See here for more info

The RBS SE100 index is about gathering facts and figures about social businesses, charting both their growth and social impact. In October, they are running a special edition on social enterprises – looking at which country has the fastest growing social enterprises and making the biggest impact. For more, see

EVENTS: The RSA Fellows’ MCICH Network is working in conjunction with the 1970 Club in respect of a lecture to be given by Sir Martin Holdgate CB on Tuesday 28th September at 5.30pm.  All delegates will be able to network briefly over a glass of wine after the event.  There is no charge to attend.  See more here

The Cornerstone Professional Conference 2010 entitled ‘Attracting Social Investment’ will be the first of its kind in Scotland and will inform delegates from the voluntary and public sector on how to change from a grant and statutory funded environment to embrace investment-led and business-like approaches that deliver growth, accountability and sustainability. See more

Learning Link Scotland is holding their annual national event in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall this year on the 30th September. With a mixture of policy and practice it will provide a space for participants across the sectors to network and catch up with the latest developments in adult learning and CLD. Keynote speakers include Dr Carol Craig from the Centre for Confidence and Wellbeing.  See more here

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: Special Edition dedicated to critical examination of Arts and Human Rights to be published September 2011.  The Journal of Arts and Communities seeks to provide a critical examination of the practices known as community or participatory arts, encompassing work which incorporates active creative collaboration between artists and people in a range of communities of place and interest. See more

Case Study: Giraffe Trading

Giraffe Trading are one of the founding members of the Perth Social Enterprise Network.  They now sit on the Steering group to help drive the new SEN forward and engage with a wider membership.

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Dates for the Diary

Coalfields SEN, 7th September
Health SEN, 10th September
Fife SEN, 14th September
Ayrshire SEN, 16th September
Network Reps, 23rd September
Perth SEN, 28th September
Angus SEN, 29th September
Dumfries and Galloway SEN, 21st October
Social Enterprise Ceilidh, 18-19th November


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