Networks1st Update: Thursday 21st April 2011

Interest in thematic SENs continues to grow. Whilst Health, Sport and Creative SENs have been active to varying degrees over the last couple of years, new thematic areas have begun to show a willingness to establish similar Networks and Roundtables. Lately, these have included the areas of Youth and Community Food. And this month, we have been asked to explore opportunities for greater engagement between SENs and the housing community. The model we try to use for thematic SENs involves establishing a Network of social enterprises involved in a particular theme. In addition, we will set up a strategically placed partnership (Roundtable) involving key public and third sector bodies and social enterprises. Meeting quarterly, the Roundtable seeks to deliver the change required to overcome barriers faced by social enterprises delivering services and to unlock the potential added value they could bring to these issues. Over the coming months, we will feature a regular Roundtable Round-up to keep you informed of the progress being made in each of these thematic areas. For more, contact

The first Social Enterprise and Sport National Conference takes place on 1st June 2011 at the Stirling Management Centre. Online Booking Form is now available, see The programme and flyer are also available – with a couple of speakers still to be confirmed. See,

More staff news. We will be welcoming our second new member of staff in a couple of weeks time. Sarah Cameron will be joining us on 16th May as Network Development Officer. Sarah is coming from CRNS and, no doubt, will already be familiar to many of you. We look forward to Sarah joining the team.

Yesterday’s S2S went off really well. There was a good atmosphere and a good flow of people throughout the day – estimated 700 folk. What was particularly pleasing was to see a number of SENs hosting their own stands. This year, Edinburgh, Dumfries and Galloway and Fife all had a presence. Hopefully, they will have found the experience beneficial and, with luck, we`ll see even more SENs there next year.


TRAINING: MiDAS is the Minibus Drivers Awareness Scheme organised by the Community Transport Association (CTA), promoting a nationally recognised standard for the assessment and training of minibus drivers.  Based on a membership scheme, it has been designed to enhance the driving standards of the minibus driver and to promote the safer operation of minibuses in general.  See dates and details,

JOBS:  Three new jobs have become available at Social Investment Scotland – Investment Manager, Investment Assistant and Social Impact Manager.  For more details please see

EVENTS: Leading Edge will guide you to make the connection between leadership theory and your own role as a Chief Officer in the third sector.  Organised by Social Enterprise Academy & ACOSVO this event is taking place on the 28th April in Edinburgh.  See more

VOLUNTEER PROGRAMMES: Wave of Friendship has two volunteer programmes that promote and support volunteering. They are: London/Scotland: bursaries of up to £500 in expenses to encourage volunteering between Scotland and London; and Scotland only, bursaries of up to £100 in expenses to encourage volunteers in Scotland to take up a volunteering experience in another part of the country.  See more

Case Study:  Youth SEN

The Youth SEN launched at S2S 2010 with a workshop and Youth Pitch to the Dragons.  Since then it has met regularly, hosted a Chinese delegation on a study visit and is planning to attend Voice 11 in London.  The SEN is for young people working in, starting up or managing social enterprises. For more information contact

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Dundee SEN, 27th April
Borders SEN, 19th May
Social Enterprise & Sport Conference, 1st June
D&G SEN, Procurement Event, 7th June
Ayrshire SEN, 8th June
Community & Food SEN, 29th June



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