Networks1st Update: Friday 4th May 2012

This year’s annual Fit for Purpose Conference: Social Enterprise and Health on 14th June will bring together individuals from the NHS, local authorities and social enterprises, looking to further develop a shared understanding about an Asset Based Approach to Health Improvement which Sir Harry Burns, CMO is keen to encourage. Dr Mairi Scott ( ) will deliver a keynote speech on ‘The doctor-patient relationship – a key asset in Health Improvement’. The assets based approach to people’s health focuses on behaviours and influences and also the social factors which impact people’s health and wellbeing, especially in their early lives. Book your free place at

Sport SEN members are getting their legacy thinking caps in time for this year’s Social Enterprise & Sport conference on 21st June.  A key session is being delivered by Paul Zealey, Head of Engagement & Legacy at Glasgow 2014 with high hopes for a meaningful legacy impact for the whole of Scotland.  For more information and to book a free place at the conference, see

Last year Community Food and Health Scotland commissioned a feasibility study into establishing a produce supply chain between community growers, community food retailers and community caterers in Edinburgh, and as part of this discovered a desire for greater networking. Community Food SEN member, Edinburgh Community Food Initiative, is involved in piloting  some of the recommendations from the report will speak at the next Community Food SEN meeting to share the lessons learned. The Community Food SEN aims to build on this work in the coming months and also increase the membership if you’d like to get involved contact  See

Edinburgh SEN member, The Melting Pot is calling on new and emerging social innovators to apply for a fully funded scholarship on their Social Innovation Incubation Award. Following the previous successes of The Melting Pot’s Assisted Places programme in 2010, The Social Innovation Incubator Award draws on the expertise of private and third sector organisations to help grow and develop start-up and emerging not for profits. See

Firstport have collated case studies showcasing some of last year’s Social Entrepreneurs Fund Awardees. Each is written from the individual’s perspective, really bringing to life their journey, see

Museums Galleries Scotland have launched their new National Strategy.  Tying in with The Scottish Governments ambitions for culture in Scotland the strategy also dedicates an entire section to encouraging a culture of enterprise.  Museums Galleries Scotland are part of the Social Enterprise and Culture Roundtable and are involved in developing a policy position paper for the sector.

One of our newest Sport SEN members, Callander Sport & Adventure Project organised the first ever Callander 10K race last weekend.  The weather was very kind showing the route which is 40% tarmac, 60% trail at its picturesque best. Results are displayed on their website which has just gone live and is under their "soon to be launched" name of Skidaddle –

Dundee SEN member, Clean Close Company, has been selected as one of thirty Deloitte Social Innovation Pioneers.  The 30 businesses were selected, out of 300 applications, for their innovation in tackling social and environmental challenges with new business approaches, and for their high growth potential.  Deloitte will provide over £1m worth of tailored in-kind support to the Pioneers, and will support Clean Close Company in developing their strategic plan to grow the business, achieve scale and maximize social impact. See press release


TENDERS: This week’s tenders include Outer Hebrides Destination Marketing Website, Provision of Tenancy Support Services, Supply of Ergonomic Furniture and Local Public Services in the Borders. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at  and follow on Twitter

SUMMER OF SOCIAL ACTION CAMPAIGN: As part of the campaign from Live UnLtd they are seeking applications from Young People who want to make a difference. Up to £5000 is available. Closing date for applications is the 30th May. For more details see

CROSS SECTOR COLLABORATION: The Social Enterprise Academy and the Scottish Family Business Association (SFBA) have teamed up to deliver a new learning experience that will create links between the Scottish social enterprise and family business sectors. See

OFFICE SPACE: The Edinburgh SEN member, have a spare office to let in Central Edinburgh. It’s a furnished two or three-person office on the ground floor of their building. See more at

TRAINING: Hillcrest Housing Association are holding Welfare Benefits Training on the 30th of May. For full details see

Case Study: Reach for the Sky Basketball (Sport SEN)

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Dates for the Diary

Health SEN, 8th May
Inverclyde SEN, 9th May
Fife SEN, 9th May
Aberdeen SEN, 9th May
Aberdeenshire, 10th May
DGSEN, 10th May
Stirlingshire SEN, 15th May
West Lothian SEN Conference, 17th May
Dundee SEN AGM, 30th May
Borders SEN Sports Meeting, 30th May



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