Networks1st Update: Friday 17th December 2010

We’ve been banging on a lot lately about the importance of SENs’ involvement in local Single Interfaces.  Unfortunately, this is going to be the case for longer than we hoped. Stories from around the country reflect huge inconsistencies in approach. For example, in Glasgow, the Borders and Edinburgh, local SENs have been actively engaged in the process. By contrast, in Dumfries and Galloway and Aberdeen, local CVSs are taking the position that they have all the necessary skills and knowledge to support ‘social enterprise development’ locally. Senscot’s campaign for full engagement of SENs and, where they do not exist, recognised social enterprise practitioners into local Social Interfaces will pick up pace in the New Year. In the meantime, news that Govt announcement of funding to Single Interfaces has been put back till January. There’s still a chance to get you views heard. Here’s a letter circulated by VAS last week

The Ayrshire SEN, in partnership with the Coalition, Ayrshire Chambers of Commerce and Senscot, are running a Community of Business Event in Irvine on 28th January. Ayrshire SEN member Real Work Skills (who are also launching a new social franchise approach to their business ‘Suited & Booted’– see below) are opening a new building in Irvine where the event will take place. The Ayrshire SEN has been meeting since June this year and is keen to grow the membership. If you would like more information on the event or the Ayrshire SEN, please contact

2010 has been a busy year for Networks1st; Diane Cameron started as the Social Enterprise & Sport Coordinator and is now connecting up over 30 sports social enterprises around Scotland ( The updated Vital Stats survey shows impressive economic impact of the SEN members (http://www.senscot.net, and 4 SENs (Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Clacks and Dundee) have incorporated using the co-operative Model Rules, designed in partnership with the SENs (
In the year ahead, we will continue to facilitate access to information, resources and investment opportunities for SENs (where they exist). We are also here to help social enterprises set up new Networks –  where there is a demand.
In the meantime, we wish you a good New Year, from all at Networks1st!


AWARDS: Last week one of our Sport SEN members, Kilwinning Sports Club won the Local Club Award at the Sunday Mail and sportscotland Scottish Sports Award.  Congratulations to everyone involved – see here to read more about the club

FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITY: Ayrshire based Suited & Booted are to replicate their successful model across Scotland through franchising. Working alongside social enterprise support organisation Firstport and franchising experts at AMO Consulting, Suited & Booted have launched their search for individuals across Scotland to take on the franchise in their local areas including: Aberdeen, Fife, Dundee, Inverness, Perth, Renfrewshire & Stirling.  See more

TRAINING: Supplier Development Programme (SDP) has free workshops, a number of training sessions and events kicking off in January 2011, places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.  See here for more

CVS Training Initiative have their training programmes for February and March including The Art of Marketing, Early Years and Children’s First Aid, Core Skills for Business see more

SE & SPORT: Senscot has been working with sportscotland to draft an introduction to social enterprise and sport document. This is a work in progress so we are happy to hear your feedback –

OSCR OUTREACH: the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator has begun a dedicated Outreach Programme of training aimed at those who are advising charities on their responsibilities. Dates in January have been announced for Edinburgh and Perth with a further seven training sessions to take place before the end of June. See more

SE CHARTER: All those who haven’t already, please sign the Scottish Social Enterprise charter.  It’s a great way for the sector to demonstrate the support it has across Scotland.  See more

Case Study: Caring Christmas Trees

Caring Christmas Trees raises funds for Bethany’s Care Shelter, giving homeless people a hot meal, a safe place to sleep and much-needed advice over the winter months.   Caring Christmas Trees are fresh, needle-last, high quality and from sustainable tree farms. All the profit helps homeless people and they are around the same price as you’d pay elsewhere.

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Dates for the Diary

Ayrshire SEN, 11th January
Health SEN, 13th January
Borders SEN, 19th January
SEN Reps, 19th January
Ayrshire SEN Community of Business, 28th January


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