Networks1st Update: Thursday 28th March 2013

The Third Sector Interface in Dumfries and Galloway has had a challenging time over the last year or two but now, with support from Scottish Govt and D&G Council, a new entity has been established. Third Sector First will bring together voluntary organisations, charities, social enterprises, co-operatives and mutuals from across Dumfries and Galloway to provide a coherent structure for the third sector in the region. Cabinet Secretary John Swinney will be attending the formal launch of Third Sector First at Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries, on Monday 8th April. See,

Aberdeen SEN held its AGM on Tuesday this week and as well as electing their new management committee – they had a talk from our Aidan on both the revised SE Code of Practice as well as an update on progress on exploring the possibilities of a Scottish Community Bank. He explained that the revised SE Code has now merged the 2009 ‘5 Scottish Criteria’ with the existing Code (2012). See, Aidan also went on to explain that Senscot – with others – is carrying out a feasibility study over the coming months that will look at the most appropriate model and levels of support for a third sector-led financial institution for Scotland. See,

The South Lanarkshire SEN has been working hard on network identity and action planning and has developed marketing tools to highlight social enterprise in South Lanarkshire. These will be launched at a ‘Network Exchange Event’ today at St Bride’s Centre in Douglas. See,

Last week, we mentioned that the headline figures from Glasgow SEN’s recent ‘mapping’ of social enterprise in the City made for impressive reading – 509 social enterprises; 13,000 employees; 2.2bn in assets; 700m turnover. Other SENs (Edinburgh; Dundee; and Dumfries & Galloway) are currently carrying out their own ‘mapping exercises. Senscot is in discussion with partner organisations with a view to extending this research across Scotland. This will be a collective effort and, for the first time, will provide a true sense of the size and scale of the social enterprise community across the country.

Senscot attended the launch of Create in Fife on Tuesday evening – a project of the Fife Cultural Trust.  Working with partners, including Creative Scotland and Fife Council, Create in Fife is a new network for creative organisations – including social enterprises – providing training, online resources and events.  Councillor Kay Morrison also launched a new fund during the evening. The Create in Fife Fund will provide up to £1500 match funding and will be administered by Business Gateway.  For more info, see

Firstport has now announced new deadlines for its Level 2 awards for 2013. Deadlines dates are in May; August; and October. Criteria requires you to have been up and running for about 1 year, have a trading track record and be able to demonstrate the social impact of your enterprise. Level 2 awards can help with up to £20,000 for living expenses. See further details on this and other Firstport news,


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WORKSHOP: Just Enterprise are holding two ‘An Introduction to Selling’ workshops on the 1st and 8th of May in Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively. This full day workshop is targeted at those Enterprising Third Sector organisations that are developing new markets or are trying to sell products and services into existing markets. See,

SUPPORT: This Spring The Big Lottery Fund, Scotland will launch “Better by Design”, which is an opportunity for forward looking third sector organisations to work with experts in service design and social innovation to improve the impact they have in the communities they serve. Big is offering free, intensive, expert and bespoke support for organisations to take part in a service design programme – valued at more than £50k to each organisation that takes part. See,

PROJECT: Theatre Nemo has secured funding for a project to unlock the rehab secrets of prisoners that were incarcerated in Glasgow’s notorious Barlinnie Prison. Theatre Nemo uses the creative arts to help rehabilitate people with mental health problems, and has a long working relationship with Barlinnie and its inmates. See,

GALLERY: On 2nd April The Gallery On The Corner are having an opening of the its new exhibition, ‘Something Blue’. In order to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day with an exhibition by gallery trainees and artists Calvin McCluskie and Mark Emms. See,

Case Study: Greenock Arts Guild Ltd – Cultural SEN

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Dates for the Diary

Glasgow SEN, 3rd April
Fife SEN, 10th April
Sports SEN West, 18th April
Joint Thematic SEN, 24th April, Inverness
Sport SEN North, 24th April
Edinburgh SEN, 25th April
Dumfries & Galloway SEN, 16th May
Aberdeenshire SEN, 4th June
Fife SEN, 18th June
Edinburgh SEN, 19th June


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