Networks1st Update: Thursday 5th April 2012

10 Youth SEN members this week completed a Leadership Programme with the Social Enterprise Academy. Early feedback is that the programme was very well received. Members of the Creative and Cultural SEN are also going through a similar programme with the Academy. This follows other learning programmes delivered last year with SENs in Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee and East Lothian. For this year, we are in discussion with the Academy with a view to delivering a residential some time in the autumn. We’ll have more details soon but if you’d like to note interest, contact

Members of SENs who are partners/engaged with their local Third Sector Interface (TSIs) will have access to monthly bulletins from Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS), giving updates on the progress and achievements of the Interfaces. March saw a special edition circulated that included a couple of recent publications reflecting on the Interfaces fist year of activity.  See here,

Edinburgh SEN member, The Melting Pot is launching its new ‘Social Innovation Incubator Award’. They new 12 month programme will offer 10 successful applicant organisations free access to a range of practical resources including workspace, learning, mentoring and advice sessions. Expertise will be drawn from private and third sector organisations to help grow and develop start-up and emerging ‘not for profits’. Closing date is 8th June 2012. See,

The Voluntary Code of Practice for Social Enterprise in Scotland (The Code) is now up and running. Over the last week, 20 organisations have signed up as either ‘subscribers’ or ‘supporters’. Remember – to sign up as a ‘subscriber’, you’ll require two ‘sponsors’. We’ll be updating both lists on a fortnightly basis. If you would like to sign up, see .

Glasgow SEN members, KibbleWorks and Impact Arts both attracted media attention this week for their work with young people. Both are great examples of the difference SEs can make in opening up opportunities for our youngsters.

We’ve recently had the pleasure of hosting a visit from Dana Jurman from Association MI in Split, Croatia. During her two week stay, Dana had a pretty busy time – attending the Cross Party Group at Holyrood; Edinburgh SE Summit; the SE Exchange; 3 SEN meetings; as well as visiting a number of social enterprises and meeting up with a number of Intermediaries.
Can we thank everyone who went out their way to meet up with Dana and share information and experiences. I know she really appreciated it. She has now returned home and taken up residence as Croatia’s very own SE expert!


TENDERS: This week’s tenders include Supply & Delivery of Catering Sundries, Provision of Food Waste Processing, Baling of Mixed Plastic Bottles and Scottish Central Government Occupational Health Services Framework. For more details, see  Join the Linked-In group at  and follow on Twitter

SPORT PANEL: The Young People’s Sport Panel is a new project being undertaken as a partnership between Sportscotland and Young Scot.  It will provide a national platform to represent the voice of young people. The recruitment phase is now live.  They need your help to ensure that young people who could fulfill this role have the opportunity to apply.  See,

FUNDING: As part of its roll out of the Coastal Communities Fund, the Big Lottery is running a series of presentations across Scotland.  Argyll & Bute Council host their "BIG Info Day" event on the 10th Apr. See,

CABARET: Theatre NEMO is hosting a "Star Struck Cabaret" on 10th & 11th April. Working with people with severe and enduring mental health issues to take part in creative activities has great benefits. Go along and see what taking part in the arts can do for people’s confidence. See,

COURSE: Edinburgh Cyrenians have announced that the next dates for the Elementary Hygiene Courses are on the 16th Apr & 25th June. Cost to Good Food members £44 + VAT, non members £58 + VAT. Email if interested.

Case Study: North Coast Leisure (Sport SEN)

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Dates for the Diary

Edinburgh SEN, 17th Apr
DGSEN, 10th May
Fife SEN, 9th May
Dundee SEN, 9th May
Sport SEN Conference, 21 June



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