Networks1st Update: Friday 8th February 2013

Over the coming months, a number of SENs will be carrying ‘mapping exercises’ in their respective areas to identify and quantify the size and scale of the local SE communities. Areas involved include Glasgow; Edinburgh; Dumfries and Galloway; and Dundee. Senscot has begun discussions with other national partners with a view to extending this work across the country. Over the years, as the SE community in Scotland has grown, we have never had a clear picture on the number of SEs that exist and the level of their contribution to the economy. We`ll keep you posted on progress.

Aberdeen and Sport SEN member, Transition Extreme, has been praised for its work on an innovative programme for teenagers. The venture was developed with Robert Gordon University, with the idea that discovering alternative sports and activities helps to bring new purpose to lives that previously lacked direction. See,

ESEN is organising the second annual Social Enterprise Edinburgh (SEE) Summit on the 5th March. The 2013 SEE summit starts with an afternoon seminar on ‘Effective Customer Engagement’ and ends with a networking reception. The summit is supported by the City of Edinburgh Council – and is for any organisation that sells to the public, businesses or public sector and is looking to attract new customers or hold onto existing ones. For programme and booking form, see

While sport is often thought of as a young people’s game, our Sport SEN members are continuing to expand their activities. Ladywood Leisure (in Penicuik) in partnership with Ageing Well, recently launched table tennis and walking football activities for the more senior members of their community.  As physical activity is now recognised by the Chief Medical Officer of all 4 home countries as a key indicator of life expectancy (then the work of our Sport SEN members will be ever more welcome. For Start Active, Stay Active report, see

STOP PRESS: Cabinet Minister John Swinney has now confirmed his attendance at next month’s SE Exchange event at the SECC in Glasgow. We`re also pleased to report that The SE Exchange has agreed to extend its ‘early bird’ offer to all SEN members – £50 plus VAT.  As an added incentive, they are offering a block package that includes 10 delegate places (plus one free) for £500 plus VAT. Alternatively, their bursary scheme exists to allow smaller social enterprises to attend The Exchange at a rate of £20 per delegate. For eligibility, see . NB: only one bursary place per organisation will be considered. See full programme,

Dr Katsunori Sato, a researcher at Tohoku University, Japan, is currently visiting Scotland to find out about how we “do” social enterprise over here. Katsunori is interested to see whether Muhammad Yunus’s ‘Principles of Social Business’ are as relevant to developed economies like Scotland and Japan, as they seem to be to developing countries like Bangladesh. He has asked for our help to help him gather some info’ on SE in Scotland. We`d appreciate if you could spare 10 mins to fill in the attached survey. See,


TENDERS: Rural Dumfries & Galloway LEADER – Rural Awards Good Practice Guide Tender and North Ayrshire Addiction Community Based Support Service. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

OPEN DAY: Creative Stirling are holding are opening their doors for a full day to local businesses interested in viewing the variety of spaces they have to offer for hire and to meet some of our team of committed volunteers and collaborators. It takes place on the 26th of February. See,

TRUST: Britain’s biggest ever lottery winners have set up a £5m charitable trust to improve quality of life in Scotland. It will fund specific activities and services in sport, recreational facilities, animal welfare, health and cultural projects to improve the quality of life for people, either through a particular field of expertise or via a local community. See,

ANNUAL GATHERING: The Social Audit Network is holding its annual gathering and networking event in Liverpool on 19th April. Event is for social economy practitioners interested in making social impact reporting work for them. See,

GATHERING: This year’s Gathering takes place in Glasgow on the 27th and 28th February at the SECC. The unique free event brings together all parts of the third sector. With 3000+ visitors it is the largest event of its kind in the UK. See,

ART HIRE: Impact Arts has developed Art Hire, a service that allows organisations to access art in an affordable way. It also enables Impact Arts to continue engaging people through art to help them deal with issues such as homelessness and unemployment. See,

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Dates for the Diary

Glasgow SEN, 6th February
Aberdeen SEN, 14th February
Fife SEN, 14th February
Start-Up SEN, 20th February
Sports SEN East, 26th February
Stirlingshire SEN, 4th March
Dundee SEN, 6th March
Sports SEN North, 13th March