Networks1st Update: Friday 5th February 2010

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, Kim, Anna and myself attended Voice 10 in Cardiff with a delegation of LSEN representatives. The event seems to get bigger and bolder every year with over 900 delegates attending from across the UK. As well as the launch of the Social Enterprise Mark and the debut of new Coalition CEO, Peter Holbrook, there were a number of interesting aspects that attracted our attention. I was struck by the greater prominence given to the co-operative movement than in previous years. Also, from a LSEN perspective, it was interesting to pick up on the activity emerging round Justice and Youth – two areas that we will have already begun work on for the coming year. The star turn was probably Nigel Annett from Welsh Water – – definitely a model we should be replicating in Scotland.
Over the last few months we have been making more and more contact with young people involved in running social enterprises across Scotland  – through the Social Enterprise Academy’s schools programmes, youth groups and the UnLtd Sport Relief Fund.  At S2S this year, there will be a specific breakout session for young people to launch the Youth SEN that will include networking opportunities, inspirational stories, a dragons den and an overview of support and resources available.  More details to follow re booking etc soon.  If you know of any youth-led social enterprises, please contact  
Last week, we announced that we are seeking to appoint a Social Enterprise and Sport Co-ordinator. We’re sure this will be an interesting and challenging role. If you’re interested in applying, contact  for an application pack or download at 
MENTORING SUPPORT: The Realise Mentoring Programme is still open for applications. The aim of the government sponsored programme is to provide mentoring support to leaders of third sector organisations. Any organisation that has aspirations to grow, diversify income streams and become more sustainable can apply – irrespective of turnover, staffing levels, location or sector.  So far, feedback has been very positive. See  for more details.
CEiS have been in touch to ask for any social enterprises involved in home insulation services to contact them as they may be able to offer support under Ready for Business, contact
The 4th Fit for Purpose Conference – Social Enterprise and Health Conference will take place on 23rd April in Perth Concert Hall, the conference programme and details of the workshops will be available soon.
Dumfries and Galloway Community of Business Event, Thursday 11 February 2010 Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries, 11am – 2pm.  See
S2S, Wednesday 21st April, see
TRAINING: The second round of the Fitness to Tender Programme is still open for booking in Edinburgh.  The dates of the training are 25th Feb, 11th March & 25th March. Contact for more details.  For information and a booking form see  
Case Study: Dumfries and Galloway
Set up in 2006, Dumfries & Galloway Social Enterprise Network covers an extensive region in the South West of Scotland. Due to the large distances involved and the time it takes to travel around the Dumfries & Galloway SEN meets in the Town Hall in Castle Douglas, seen as the most central point for all.
In May 2006, the LSEP hosted a conference to discuss the potential for a Social Enterprise Network for Dumfries & Galloway. Senscot and Fife based community transport company Mobus, (founder members of the first Local Social Enterprise Network) were invited to give a presentation on the benefits of Local Social Enterprise Networks. 
Dates for the Diary
Aberdeen SEN, 9th Feb
Edinburgh SEN, 9th Feb
Clacks SEN, 10th Feb
Dumfries and Galloway Community of Business, 11th Feb
Coalfields SEN Conference, 26th March
Glasgow SEN, 26th March
Health SEN Conference, 23rd April