Networks1st Update: Friday 8th March 2013

Senscot’s work includes supporting SENs across a number of thematic areas – these include health, sport, culture and community food. Over the coming months, we will be providing opportunities for members of the thematic SENs to come together and explore opportunities for joint working. The first of these opportunities will be taking place on 24th April in Inverness with an event that will bring together members from the Health, Cultural and Sports SENs. We`ll have more details over the coming weeks. If you`d like to be involved, contact

This week saw the 2nd annual Social Enterprise Edinburgh Summit. Linsay Chalmers (ESEN Co-ordinator) sends us this report. “Delegates, hopefully, left the event feeling inspired to create brilliant customer experiences, sell their services, trade with the business sector and have fantastic, commercial web sites. At the end of the summit, delegates got a chance to hone their new skills at a networking reception, which was attended by Councillors, key public sector staff, businesses and agencies. Much of the event drew on the experience of ESEN members -with presentations from MY Adventure, St Jude’s Laundry, Community Enterprise, Fresh Start, MiEnterprise and Autism Initiatives. The guest speaker was Mark Bradley of The Fan Experience Company, an expert in creating unforgettable customer experiences”.

Just Enterprise provides business support to social enterprises and third sector organisations as part its national Govt contract. It is approaching the end of its second year and, to date, has provided direct ‘one to one support’ to over 300 orgs since July 2012 – in areas that include business planning, feasibility studies, marketing and financial management. Evidence shows around 20% of organisations go on to establish a new venture; and over 50% have introduced new products and services or are in the process of doing so.  If your organisation would like to access support, you can apply online at

It often appears that passion & tenacity go hand in hand as key factors behind the success of any social entrepreneur. The determination to impact positively on the lives of young people in South Lanarkshire, his local community, has been the driving passion of Graham Hunter of Reach for the Sky Basketball for the past 4 years. Undaunted by the challenge of balancing the books to deliver affordable activities for young people, Graham and his team of young coaches and youth workers engaged with almost 6,000 youngsters in the year 2011/12.  Their hard work has paid off as their success has been recognised with a substantial grant from the People & Communities fund. See

Aberdeen SEN is to hold its AGM on Tuesday 26th March with our very own Laurence and Aidan speaking at the event.  If you would like to attend or are interested in joining the Aberdeen SEN, contact Sarah or Mimishida Naswa Mwasame

Two weeks to go till the Exchange and Early Bird rates are still available to SEN members – £50 plus VAT – as well as bursary places for smaller SEs – £20 per delegate. For eligibility, see . NB: only one bursary place per organisation will be considered. See full programme,

The Social Enterprise Academy has invited 10 schools from their ‘Schools Programme’ to attend next month’s Social Enterprise Exchange in Glasgow – and they’re looking for sponsorship – £30 per pupil/ £300 per school. The 10 schools will be setting up stalls and speaking to delegates about their own SEs – some of which are generating up to £50k per annum. If you can help, see


TENDERS: Supplementary Skip Hire and Waste Recycling Services in West Lothian and Hard and Soft landscaping in Buckhaven. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

WORKSHOPS: As part of the Spring 2013 programme of business development workshops Just Enterprise have announced details of two FREE half day events in central Glasgow on Tuesday 23rd April 2013. The workshops are on Marketing and A Beginners Guide to Market Research. See,

EXTREME ACADEMY: Transition Extreme will soon be running their part-time version of the Alternative Academy course.  The Extreme Academy is a course designed for young people who may not be quite ready to commit to a full time course.  It will commence Thursday 18th April and will run for 12 weeks. See,

GRANTS: Community groups working in disadvantaged or deprived areas in Glasgow, Dundee, Angus, Fife, Perth and Kinross are being offered a share in £100,000. See,

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

Case Study: Greenock Arts Guild Ltd – Cultural & Creative SEN

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Sports SEN North, 13th March
West Lothian SEN, 19th March
Glasgow SEN, 3rd April
Fife SEN, 10th April
Sports SEN West, 18th April
Joint Thematic SEN, 24th April, Inverness
Edinburgh SEN, 25th April


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