Networks1st Update: Friday 6th August 2010

There has been a considerable response to last week’s piece re the four SVA Learning events that are coming up. SENs have had a mixed experience of the process to date. Some feel they have been kept at arms length, while others have been able to participate more fully. These will be important events for those SENs that wish to participate in their local Single Interface as they will begin to determine the money allocated to each of the four Interface functions – one of which is social enterprise development. It will be an opportunity to influence what level of support social enterprise will get at a local level. If you are keen to attend, see latest info and flyer from the Social Enterprise Academy,
If you’re finding it hard to access a place, let us know and we will lobby on your behalf. Contact either or
This week saw the official opening of one of the Sports SEN members impressive new facilty at Broxburn United Sports Club. Their new facility has meeting space, 8 team changing areas, a brand new 3G pitch to add to the adjacent grass parks. With these terrific facilities behind them, they will now be focusing on generating trading income to ensure their long term sustainability. The club has made great strides and we wish them every success. For more info see, 

Scottish Govt has been in touch with an update on the implementation of the Enterprising Third Sector Action Plan 2008-11.  The progress report gives a good rundown on what’s been going on since 2008. See more,
READYFORBUSINESS: See first edition of’s online brief.

WORKSHOP: Firstport is running another EVOLVE Workshop on 23rd Sept at Crieff Hydro. Teams from PriceWaterhouseCooper will work alongside 20-25 social enterprises assisting them in business planning, marketing, financial planning or other issues that may arise. For more info, contact Kim Craven on

FUNDING: The 4th round of Cashback for Communities has opened with the first closing date being 27th August – it will fund local youth projects in the form of grants up to a maximum of £30,000 – for more details check out

TRAINING: Economic Development Association Scotland (EDAS) Introduction to Economic Development Course on 23 & 24 August – Glasgow has only 4 Places Left!
This refreshed course is run by Glasgow University’s Training and Employment Research Unit, with the first day being headlined by its Director and respected Professor of Economic Development, Alan McGregor.  See more

EVENT: 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

Case Study: Health SEN

The Health SEN was set up in the early part of 2007, after the 1st Fit for Purpose event. Since then the group has been developing its remit and been the basis for a lot of developments which Senscot has successfully transferred to the other thematic Networks.

Download full case study here:

Dates for the Diary

Glasgow SEN, 13th August
Ayrshire SEN, 17th August
Dumfries and Galloway SEN 19th August
Clacks SEN, 24th August
Edinburgh SEN, 25th August
Fife SEN, 26th August
Sports SEN, 31st August
Aberdeen SEN, 31st August
Dundee SEN, 1st September
Social Enterprise Ceilidh, 18-19th November



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