Networks1st Update: Friday 9th October 2009

This year’s Social Enterprise Ceilidh is filling up fast! We’ve already received some excellent bids for the Dragons` Den but there are still a few days left before the closing date of 15th October. Each year over 75% of delegates are from social enterprises with the rest being made up from intermediaries, funders and the public sector. Here’s the list so far

Reps Meeting 27th October, 10.30 am, Burness Solicitors, Glasgow: Senscot has been working with Burness to develop a set of model rules for a new kind of Community Benefit Society for Networks, based on the LSEN Blueprint. This work is being supported by Co-operative Development Scotland who will be at the meeting on 27th October to talk about how they see this development progressing.  Get in touch to let us know if you are able to attend.

Two good news stories have come in to us this week. From Fife SEN, Recycle Fife ( has been awarded Best Community Sector Initiative at the Scottish Waste & Resources Awards. Also, Coalfields SEN members, Coalburn Miners ‘One Stop Shop’ has secured £90k to improve their venue and provide ‘access for all’. To find out more about Coalburn One Stop Shop, see:


Tender Opportunity: D&G SEN members Food Train has funding to employ external support to develop its Board of Directors. To find out more, contact Michelle McCrindle

Tender Opportunity: Supporting Voluntary Action – Common ICT Platform and Database: The SVA programme aims to develop local voluntary action support networks, supporting them to deliver a consistent, quality assured service across Scotland, and to work in closer collaboration with other voluntary sector intermediary organisations. The programme is managed by SCVO and funded by the Big Lottery Fund. More information on the SVA programme is available at Closing Date is 16th October

Seminar: Community Woodlands Association is holding ‘Roots to Health’ for all those working to promote community engagement and health and wellbeing in the outdoors. The Seminar will focus on using and developing community woodlands to deliver health benefit.

Case Study: East Lothian SEN

East Lothian SEN met for the first time in February 2006 in Haddington. With the help of funding from Communities Scotland, ‘Social Enterprise in East Lothian’ developed a website and directory of social enterprises in the area.  In March 2008, they ran their first conference which was opened and chaired by the Leader of East Lothian Council.

Dates for the diary

Clackmannanshire SEN, Wed 14th Oct
East Lothian SEN, Thurs 15th Oct
Edinburgh SEN, Thurs 15th Oct
Sport SEN, Mon 26th Oct
Network Reps, Tues 27th Oct
Fife SEN, Wed 28th Oct
Aberdeen SEN, Wed 4th Nov