Networks1st Update: Friday 26h October 2012

Last call for the 2nd National Cultural SEN Conference next Wednesday (31st Oct) at the Birnam Institute, by Dunkeld. The event will see the launch of the Social Enterprise and Culture Roundtable’s ‘Position Paper’ – along similar lines to the ‘Papers’ produced by the Health and Sport Roundtables. It will be an opportunity to meet up with other social enterprises in the creative field to discuss the role of arts in the public sector; how can we help cultural orgs realise they are part of the SE community; what support is available. To book, see To download full programme, see

Last week, a delegation of SEN members was over visiting social enterprises in Northern Ireland – as part of an ongoing collaboration between our respective SE communities. One outcome of this collaboration will be the launch (20th Nov) of Social Enterprise Northern Ireland (SENI) – a new body to support social enterprises across NI. Our delegation visited a number of highly impressive SEs: See,;;;; and, of course,  An NI delegation will be joining us at this year’s Conference and Ceilidh at New Lanark. See below.

This year’s Conference and Ceilidh at New Lanark is still a few weeks away but we are keen to ensure as many SENs as possible can be represented. There are still about 15 places available but before we open it up, we’d like to hear from Dundee, Aberdeen, Moray and the Borders if they’d like to take up their allocation. Book your place here,

SENs on tour! It’s great to see the SENs taking the opportunity to organise visits to other parts of the country. Last year, Edinburgh SEN visited members of the Ayrshire SEN and, this year, they have arranged a study visit to Aberdeen for 21st November. Glasgow SEN, meanwhile, is organising a series of visits – to Argyle and Bute; Dundee; and the North of England. For further details, ESEN members should contact If you’re a GSEN member, contact

Congratulations to Dundee SEN member, the Factory Skatepark in picking up the award for ‘Social Enterprise of the Year’ at the Scottish Social Enterprise Awards 2012 this week. See list of winners, Congratulations are also in order for the ReadyforBusiness Consortium – winning the award for the ‘Best Engagement Initiative of the Year’ at the Go Awards for their work on the Scottish Govt`s ‘Developing New Markets’ contract. For more, see .

The Third Sector Internships Scotland project (TSIS) aims to support students, undergraduates and post graduates from all Scottish universities to find paid work experience in the third sector. The TSIS project fully funds the internship salary costs, which you pay and then reclaim from TSIS – so there is no cost to you, the internship provider. Interns are paid the living wage, currently £7.20 per hour. A number of SEN members have already benefited from the project and feedback has been really positive. Expressions of Interest must be submitted by 10th December, see

The 5th ABSEN Annual Conference and AGM takes place on the 7th/8th November in the Royal Marine Hotel at Hunters Quay. The programme includes workshops, guest speakers and a Policy Tea hosted by Social Enterprise Scotland, see more ABSEN has also developed a new website which looks great and well worth a look at for all SE info in Argyll and Bute, see


TENDERS: This week’s tenders include Welfare services for the handicapped in West Dunbartonshire, Enterprise Collaboration Solution in Stirling, Glasgow Addiction Services Employability Project and Garden Assistance Scheme in North Lanarkshire. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

FUND: A new £10 million Legacy 2014 Fund to build or upgrade existing local sport and recreation facilities to get Scots more active, is now open for applications. See,

SEMINAR/AGM: One Parent Families Scotland is holding its AGM and seminar titled ‘Catalyst for positive change’ on the 16th November. It will look at a small sample of the work undertaken and how it has directly improved outcomes for families. See,

EVENT: The Scottish Borders Chambers of Commerce is holding a network event on 8th November. Alyn Smith MEP will be the guest speaker and the topic being "Scotland’s food producers – bedrock of our economy". See,

MARKET: The closing date for the Edinburgh Markets Christmas Market is the 27th October. It will run on Saturdays and Sundays from 1st to 23rd Dec, 11am – 7pm. To apply, see

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Dates for the Diary

Start-up SEN (Virtual), 31st October
Dundee SEN, 31st October
Borders SEN, 30th October
Cultural Conference, 31st October
Glasgow SEN, 1st November
Edinburgh SEN, 6th November
Senscot Ceilidh, 15th & 16th November
DGSEN, 29th November



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