Networks1st Update: Friday 31st May 2013

Eight (8) members of the Sport SEN attended the launch this week of the Robertson Trust’s ‘Community Sport and Enterprise Evaluation Learning Set: Final Impact Report’. The SEN members were sharing the experiences of their 2 year journey to explore "Evaluation".   All eight organisations now adopt a range of creative ways of measuring what they do – and now have the answer at their fingertips if anyone asks the ‘so what’ question in relation to any of their activities.  Perhaps the biggest measure of success for all concerned will be their ability to win tenders as well as attract grant funders – all of which help as they move towards greater sustainability. See full report,

Over the last couple of years, Diane (our SE and Sport Co-ordinator) has been circulating regular SE and Sport Updates to Sport SEN members and others. See May 2013 Update,  We will also being doing something similar for SE and Health. Danielle (SE and Health Co-ordinator) produced the first SE and Health update last week. See,  Also available now, is the most recent batch of SE and Health Case Studies – focussing on Health SEN members working in partnership with NHS, and using an asset-based approach. See,

Dundee SEN held their 2nd AGM on Wednesday. Their membership has continued to grow – 10 new members last year, including an increase in new start-up social enterprises receiving support to become members.  David Dorward, CEO of Dundee City Council, attended and spoke about the Council’s commitment to supporting social enterprise in the city. He spoke specifically about the social enterprise strategy (the action plan behind it); the asset transfer policy for the city; the need to change the culture internally in order to support social enterprise more fully; and the important role that DSEN has in working with the local authority and representing the sector at large.

When SENs started to constitute, Senscot promoted a Community Benefit Company model that was specifically created for SENs.  Dundee and Edinburgh SENs have now both progressed this and have both been awarded charitable status as well. 

The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (FCFCG) is keen to get an idea of the number of community farm and gardens that are selling produce through restaurants, hotels, shops and veggie box schemes. The FCFCG is part of a Community Food Social Enterprise Network and their survey would be a useful contribution in helping shape the future of selling produce to the public. See survey,

The Social Enterprise Academy (SEA) and Glasgow Caley jointly offer a postgraduate programme in social enterprise to develop the knowledge and skills of people working in or supporting our SE community. They’re currently recruiting for the programme. See,  The Academy has also gone ‘down under’ – delivering its acclaimed learning and development programmes for social entrepreneurs in Australia. See more,


TENDERS: Provision of PAT Service for Social Care & Social Work Improvement Scotland and Local Authority Food Waste Communications Support. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

FUND: The Voluntary Action Fund has opened its Volunteering Support Grant programme for organisations with an income of less than £250k (priority for less than £100k) to improve their volunteering practice and create new volunteering projects.  Grants of up to £10k are available for single organisations or up to £30k available to clusters of four or five. See,

NEWSLETTER: The latest newsletter from Ready for Business has been published. This edition features news on latest events, case studies and has information on a vacancy within the programme. See,

PROGRAMME: The ‘Understanding Social Enterprise’ programme takes place on June 10 & 11 in Knoydart and is ideal for a new staff member or director. The programme will give a broad view of the concept of social enterprise, the challenges established enterprises currently face, and what the future holds. All welcome, no cost, including ferry from Mallaig and accommodation on Knoydart. See,

SURVEY: Community Enterprise Marketing is seeking input into a survey on the potential future use of Riddle’s Court in Edinburgh. The Scottish Historic Buildings Trust (SHBT) is leading an initiative to deliver the transformation of the venue into The Patrick Geddes Centre for Learning which aims to create a world-class centre for learning within the Old Town of Edinburgh. See,

Case Study: Health and Social Enterprise

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Dates for the Diary

Aberdeenshire SEN, 4th June
Stirlingshire SEN, 4th June
Moray SEN, 5th June
Glasgow SEN, 5th June
Fife SEN, 18th June
Edinburgh SEN, 19th June
West Lothian SEN – Policy Event, 21st June
Moray SEN, 7th August


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