Networks1st Update: Friday 7th January 2011

Best wishes for 2011 to all SEN members. This year promises to be a busy one with many challenges ahead for the social enterprise community in Scotland. These include the introduction of Third Sector Interfaces; implementation of Council cutbacks; and, of course, the Scottish Elections in May. We’re confident however that social enterprises have shown enough drive and adaptability over recent years to meet those challenges. Senscot will be looking to support SEN members as best we can overt he next twelve months. This attitude was well reflected during the recent Social Enterprise Conference and Ceilidh at New Lanark at the end of November. We’ve now completed the Conference/Ceilidh Report – with pictures! We’d like to thank all those who took time to respond (over 50%). See,

In May 2009, Senscot hosted Scotland’s first Creative Social Enterprise Conference, held at the Lighthouse in Glasgow. One of the outcomes of the Conference was to produce a series of case studies. This is now available with case studies on DG Arts; Flyright Dance Company; Shetland Arts; Livewire Productions and WASPS. See full Report,

Sport and social enterprise was highlighted during the recent BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.  The winner of the Unsung Hero Award went to Lance Haggith, a basketball coach who runs a social enterprise called Sports Traider –  The over-riding mission of the organisation is to make sports more accessible to talented, but disadvantaged, young people and they achieve this by selling used and discounted sports kit via three shops and using profits to fund coaching programmes – the full article can be read at


AWARDS: You have less than two weeks to submit your application for the Social Enterprise Scotland Awards 2011.  There are four categories; Social Enterprise Start Up of the Year, Social Enterprise Leader of the Year, Young Person’s Social Enterprise of the Year, Social Enterprise of the Year.  For more info and to enter see
FUNDING: The Scottish Government has established a Short Breaks Fund to help support and sustain carers – including young carers – through enabling better access to short breaks or respite care.  £5 million has been awarded to make the Short Breaks Fund happen, with over £4.5m going directly on grants. The funding will also support a Learning Xchange for funded projects, see

TRAINING: Awareness Raising Sessions.  BRAG are running two awareness raising sessions, Wed 19th January, Blairhall and Mon 31st Jan, Glenrothes.  See

EVENTS: The 6th annual S2S Social Enterprise Fair taking place on Wednesday 20th April 2011 at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange has already proved popular with delegates and exhibitors alike (in fact, 45 stands have been booked).  Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition are pleased to announce that opening the 2011 Fair will be one of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, see more

PRESS: Community Food Initiatives North-East (CFINE) was covered by The Press and Journal on their recent deal to take over the Fruit Mart at Longside.  See

Case Study: Health SEN

The Health SEN was set up in the early part of 2007, after the 1st 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 from an unclear route by which to build connections with strategic bodies.

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Dates for the Diary

Ayrshire SEN, 11th January
Fife SEN, 12th January
Health SEN, 13th January
Borders SEN, 19th January
SEN Reps, 19th January
Ayrshire SEN Community of Business, 28th January



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