Networks1st Update: Friday 5th March 2010

Senscot is currently working with the Scottish Prison Services (SPS) to develop a broader understanding of the opportunity for social enterprise in connection with Scotland’s prisons. We’re just at the starting gates with an event taking place in May to bring together social enterprises with an interest in this area with Governors and senior SPS officials in charge of policy and development. Mel Young has kindly agreed to chair the event. We are keen to hear from any social enterprises who already have experience of working with prisons. We’d be grateful if you could take the time to fill in the attached survey – . We attended a similar event in London this week and have a few ideas for initiatives that could be explored in Scotland as well.

A number of SEN members are making benefit of the Future Jobs Fund Programme. Fife and Clacks SENs` are hosting a placement each to cover the administration of their respective SENs and help with their development over the next year – the scheme is being run in partnership with the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.  Dundee SEN is hoping to follow suit in the next round of applications. For more info, contact

At S2S this year, ( ) there will be two workshops specifically aimed at young people aged 16-25 (ish).   Young social entrepreneurs will share their experiences, followed by an overview of specific support available to young people to help them get involved with and/or start up their own social enterprises. The second workshop is a Dragons Den-style ‘Pitch to the Panel’. Individuals will have the opportunity to pitch for £500 sponsored by Firstport and an iPhone sponsored by Clacks SEN member ACE (  One additional outcome could be the creation of a Youth SEN.  For more information on workshops, application forms and guidance notes go to  Please pass this on to anyone you think may be interested. 


CONTRACTS: Ready for Business – Here’s some information on contracts highlighted on Ready for Business, a public social partnership (psp) pilot involving Senscot, Social Firms Scotland and CEiS to support social enterprises increase their trading through delivery of tenders for goods and services.  For more see

TRAINING: Diploma in Organisational Consultancy and Facilitation – Craighead Institute: The diploma is an ideal opportunity for social entrepreneurs who are developing organisations or leading consultancy on an inter-trading basis.  For more see

NHS Health – Becoming a Public Partner:  If you have the experience of NHS Scotland as a patient, or through caring for a friend or relative, or have a general interest in the health service, you could help with our reviews of healthcare services. In return for your commitment, NHS will provide full training for your new role and more…see

RESEARCH:  The University of Strathclyde runs an MSC in Environmental Entrepreneurship  Each year the students have to complete a dissertation and they are keen to engage with social enterprises in order to complete a practical piece of work.  If you have an idea for a topic around environmental entrepreneurship that you would like to explore further there is still time to get in touch,

Case Study: The Factory Skatepark

The Factory Skatepark is the first purpose built facility of this type in the country. The new purpose-built building has approximately 16,500 square feet of skating area. Boards, Blades and BMX’s are all catered for and there are competitions for each of the disciplines throughout the year.  They play an active role developing the Tayside Social Enterprise Network.

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Dates for the Diary

Angus SEN, 12th March
Health SEN, 22nd March
Edinburgh SEN, 23rd March
Clacks SEN, 24th March
Fife SEN, 24th March
Coalfields SEN Conference, 26th March
Sport SEN, 29th March
Dundee SEN, 31st March
S2S, 21st April
Health SEN Conference, 23rd April