Networks1st Update: Friday 4th September 2009

The second Vital Stats Survey has now been completed with eight members of the Aberdeen SEN submitting information. Total turnover  is approx £20m of which 63% is generated through contracts. Between them, they have 873 employees, 97 trainees and 352 volunteers. The combined turnover for both the Aberdeen and Tayside SENs is an impressive £27m. We will be carrying out Vital Stats surveys for as many of the LSENs as possible, so if you liked to be involved, contact

The 5th Social Enterprise Ceilidh at New Lanark takes place on 19th/20th November 2009 (Social Enterprise Day)! This year, we intend using the online forum (NING) for bookings ( will have to Sign Up for NING to register for the event). As with previous years, we will have Masterclasses with a number of social entrepreneurs, Speed Trading and, of course, the Dragons` Den. For the 2nd year, Unity Enterprise are sponsoring the Den with £2,000 of their hard earned cash towards the £5,000 prize, showing their belief in the value of social enterprises supporting social enterprise. We’ll also have the opportunity to hear what last year’s winners Our Power ( and You Can Cook have been doing over the last 12 months. To register your interest, go to

This week Senscot publishes an update of the ‘Fit for Purpose: Social Enterprise & Health Case Studies’ which looks at 12 SEN members. This coincides with a growing level of interest from the Govt in Scotland and the rest of the UK in the added value social enterprise can bring to the delivery of public health benefits. On 30th of September, Senscot will be presenting at NHS Health Scotland’s conference Healthier Lives, Wealthier Communities? ( Social enterprises of all kinds provide health benefits to their communities and anyone interested in this agenda is welcome to attend the Health Social Enterprise Network, which meets next on Friday 18th of September on the Unity Barge ( . If you’d like to attend contact

Case Study: Health SEN

The Health SEN was set up in 2007, after the inaugural Fit for Purpose event. One of the lead bodies at the time was the Glasgow Community Care Providers Forum (which has since changed its remit). As with the other thematic SENs, the Health SEN suffered somewhat from an unclear route through which to build connections with strategic bodies. This situation is beginning to change for the better with the introduction of Round Table meetings with the support of the Scottish Government’s Health & Wellbeing Directorate.


Senscot is 10 years old this year. To celebrate, we are holding our AGM at the Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh from 4-6 pm on the 24th of September. We have invited Edgar Cahn (founder of Timebanking) to come and be our guest speaker. Those who’ve seen Edgar before will know him to be a hugely influential figure in the international effort to make civil society healthier and fairer. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity. To book a place contact

Clackmannanshire Community of Business event on the 16th September will be another excellent opportunity for social enterprises to network with private sector business and promote their organistations at a local level. In Tayside, the Community of Business event led to Tayside being the first Network to be awarded a grant from the Knowledge and Skills Exchange Fund. They have been awarded £1000 to host an event in partnership with Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce to promote Social Benefit Clauses. For more information contact

There is still `hotdesking time` available for LSEN members through associate membership at The Melting Pot in Edinburgh. If you find yourself needing a place to do some work or if you have time on your hands on a visit to Edinburgh or need somewhere for an informal meeting then you are welcome to make use of the space. See

Dates for the diary

Aberdeen SEN, Tues 8th Sept
Aberdeen SCDI Event, Tues 15th Sept
Clacks Community of Business, 16th Sept
Health SEN, Fri 18th Sept
Coalfields SEN, Tues 22nd Sept
Senscot AGM, Thurs. 24th Sept
Tayside SEN, Mon 28th Sept