Networks1st Update: Friday 7th December 2012

This week sees news of 3 new SENs being set up in the new year – in North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire and Falkirk. A couple of years back, there had been a pan-Ayrshire SEN. Now local SEs feel that a SEN focussing on particular local authorities is the way forward. Also, at this week’s Social Enterprise Forum in Falkirk, local SEs agreed there was a need for the development of a Falkirk SEN. These three new SENs will bring the total number of SENs in Scotland to 24: 19 locally based and 5 thematically based, connecting over 450 SEs across the country. 9 local SENs are now constituted and 7 are employing their own member of staff.

Sports SEN member, Spartans, has been praised by police in Edinburgh for its success in engaging youngsters in deprived areas of the city. One of Spartans’ biggest success stories is its ‘StreetStadia’ portable football pitch, used in the club’s ‘Fitba’ project’ as part of its community outreach programme. The ‘StreetStadia’ pitch was funded by Social Investment Scotland (SIS) which provided Spartans with a £300,000 loan to fund the expansion of the club and the services that it delivers to local communities within North Edinburgh.  See more,

Guidance on Single Outcome Agreements (SOAs) has been published on the Scottish Government website. There is specific reference within the guidance relating to the contribution that social enterprise could make to the priority of economic recovery and growth. Key priorities are Economic recovery and growth; Employment; Early years; Safer and stronger communities, and reducing offending; Health inequalities and physical activity; and Outcomes for older people. See,

A new fund launched this week – the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme Open Fund – is a major component in the development of the nationwide Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme. It aims to enhance the Games experience for Scotland’s communities, spectators and visitors, as well as present the best of Scotland’s culture alongside that of the Commonwealth.  Glasgow 2014 Limited, Creative Scotland and Glasgow Life are now inviting individuals and organisations to apply to the Fund. A total of £4m is available and individual artists, community-led groups and arts organisations are invited to apply for awards ranging from £20k up to £300k. See,

Last week, Senscot attended a Stakeholder Consultation Event on the new EU Structural Funds 2014-2020. The Scottish Government realise many organisations will be keen to contribute at this early stage in the process. If this is of interest, you can view the presentations and video clips here, see

Each week, this bulletin profiles the work of a social enterprise – new or existing. Over the years, we’ve built up an archive 570 profiles – probably the most extensive in Scotland. Some of those profiled no longer exist, but the vast majority are still going strong. We are conscious, however, that a good many need updated. If you wish to email an amended version we’ll make sure it replaces the old version. See,


TENDERS: This week’s tenders include NHS Lanarkshire Managed Transport Services for Passengers and Urgent Packages, The Provision of Violence Against Women Support Services in Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, The Provision of Painting Services and Additonal Support Needs Schools Transport Contracts- Additional Contracts. For more details, see . Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

GOLDEN TICKET: The latest ‘Be Good Be Social’ event takes place on 20thDecember at the Scottish Parliament. The social media event is for beginners as well as digital die-hards. Tickets have all been allocated for social enterprises but the organisers have kindly given one for us to give to a network member. To apply see,

COMPETITION: Triodos Bank, together with Social Enterprise UK and Social Enterprise Live, runs an annual photography competition to find images that show the unique and transformative work of social enterprise. The winning photographs from the regions feature in its Social Vision calendar. They also offer free 2013 calendars. See,

VIDEO: The latest project outcome from Theatre Nemo yet again shows how giving support and taking time to listen to individuals is invaluable in improving self-esteem, confidence and communication. This, coupled with using the arts as a means for creative expression, releases some incredible talents never before tapped into or shared. View this short video. See,

INDEX: The RBS SE100 Index tracks the growth and impact of social business in the UK. The Index is a tool designed for the benefit of social businesses. The report found that the top 100 social enterprises (by growth in turnover) grew on average by 60% – beating the 100 fastest growing FTSE companies – who managed 48%. See,

Case Study: Caring Christmas Tree

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Dates for the Diary

Edinburgh SEN AGM, 10th December
Glasgow SEN, 19th December
Sports Round Table, 23rd January
Cultural & Creative SEN, 23rd January
Aberdeenshire SEN, 30th January



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