Over recent weeks, 3 SENs (Dundee, Clacks and Fife) have been taking the opportunity to employ admin staff to help facilitate meetings. This has been made possible through SEN members becoming involved in the Future Jobs Fund. In Dundee, Factory Skatepark, Helm Training, Dundee Women’s International Centre and Claverhouse are providing up to 20 Future Jobs positions between them via SCVO. It’s also possible to access Future Jobs Funds (which can provide host organisations up to £2,000 per 6 months placement) via Local Authorities. If you’re interested or want more info` on these opportunities, visit

S2S saw the launch of a new Youth SEN, designed for young people involved with social enterprises – either start-up or more established ones.  It is intended that the Youth SEN will have strong online presence. We will also be hosting a follow up event during the summer –  more info to follow.  If you’re interested or know of any young people who would like to receive more info about the Youth SEN, please contact

Diane has been out visiting some members of the Sport SEN over the last couple of weeks. One particular issue that has been flagged up is the wish to “have a sounding board to bounce ideas off”. One option for this could be the Realise Mentoring Programme. Co-ordinated by Orela Deane, Realise matches your organisation with a mentor who would work with you to help grow your organisation and, in doing so, increased your sustainability. Most organisations work with their mentor for between 9 and 12 months. Here’s a link, Any community sports organisations interested in getting involved with the Sports SEN can contact to set up a visit.

BRAG`s Scottish School for Social Entrepreneurs is running a new programme in East Ayrshire called Enterprising Solutions . The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is contributing £75,000 with the aim of creating up to 10 new social enterprise businesses. See more,

CONTRACT: Business Opportunities through Ready for Business this week include: Clackmannanshire Council seeking portable appliance testing, Glasgow Council seeking training accommodation for workshops and more see

WANTED: Twechar Community Action is looking to purchase a smoothie-making bicycle.  Are there any social enterprises out there who have one for sale or could they tell us where to purchase one? For more, see

BUSINESS ACQUISITION: Getting Ready to Buy – Social Firms Scotland, in partnership with the Development Trusts Association Scotland, are running this seminar for existing and emerging social businesses and community enterprises. It will introduce the acquisition of an existing business as a method of growth and achieving community benefit/social impact.  For more information, see

What is the Future Jobs Fund?  The Future Jobs Fund is a fund of around £1 billion to support the creation of jobs for long term unemployed young people and others who face significant disadvantage in the labour market.  For more, see

EVENTS: Community of Business event in the Borders, this event is an opportunity to network, find out about social enterprise in the Borders and develop trading opportunities. This event will be held at Selkirk Rugby Club on May 11th 2010 at 10:30am.

The Markets Cutting Edge view of Energy Procurement. Energy Procurement Strategies, Credit Insurance in 2010, Market Fundamentals – is now the time to buy?  How are renewables and CRC being affected?  For the latest view on all of these issues – this is the one day of the year you can’t afford to miss. Thursday 20th May 2010 – Edinburgh, price: FREE (Lunch and refreshments provided)

Case Study: Inverclyde SEN

The Inverclyde SEN began 3 years ago.  Since then it has formed close relationships between the members and has been an invaluable source of peer support.  The SEN has a positive relationship with the CVS and the Chamber of Commerce.

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Dates for the Diary

Edinburgh SEN, 11th May
Clacks SEN, 12th May
Aberdeen SEN, 18th May
Dundee SEN, 19th May
Perth SEN, 25th May
Creative Social Enterprise Conference, 26th May
Inverclyde SEN, 18th June
Sport SEN, 23rd June
Borders SEN, 29th July