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We welcome our readers back to our monthly e-bulletin, presenting DSEN's latest events, our member activities and opportunities for social enterprises.The E-Bulletin is a popular mailing that reaches a readership across all sectors in Dundee. If you have a story, job vacancy or event that represents the great work you are doing we would like to hear and share them. 

Raymond Chan
DSEN Events & Marketing Officer
Aspiring Social Enterprise Meeting
Employment Policy & Procedures 
Date: 17th February Time: 9:15 - 12:30
Venue: Factory Skatepark

Jeni McCabe of SCR Solutions Ltd,  23 South Tay Street Dundee, Human Resources Consultancy will be running the Employment – Policies and Procedures Workshop on Friday 17th February 2017 at the Factory Skatepark.

Jeni qualified in human resource management, post graduate level, in 2007 and has considerable experience in working with private and public sector clients. As the Director of a small business in Dundee Jeni understands the needs and constraints within small organisations and the local economy. The Workshop run by Jeni on Friday 17th February (please note not 16th as previously stated) will cover:

* Pre-employment - job description, advertising, interviewing, avoiding discrimination

* Starting employment - contracts, admin, induction process

* Legalities of employment - employers responsibilities, health & safety, rights to work in the UK

* Wage rates & pension information

* Statutory holiday and sickness provisions

* Safe dismissals - just in case it's not working out.

This DSEN Event is open to all Aspiring Social Enterprises and DSEN Full members. To book contact: Raymond Chan at email: or telephone: 01382 504848. 

Entrepreneurship Week Dundee
Social Entrepreneurs

Date: 21 February 2017 Time: 15:00 - 17:00
Venue: Dalhousie Building, Room 2F14, Old Hawkhill, Dundee, DD1 5EN

Open to: University of Dundee Students, Staff, Graduates & General Public

As part of the University of Dundee's Entrepreneurship Week 2017Dundee Social Enterprise Network will be delivering a workshop providing an understanding of what a Social Enterprise is, how to start and run one and what support is available to you to get one off the ground. More details soon but register below in advance.


To register click HERE

Social Investment Scotland
Early Days & Changing ways - Dundee 

Date: 23 March 2017 Time: 10:00-15:30
Venue: The Circle, Staffa Place, Dundee, DD2 3SX

For Charities, Social Enterprises, Community Enterprises, Accountants, Solicitors and fact anyone who needs to understand more about social investment. In partnership with Dundee Social Enterprise Network

A full day workshop in two parts!

Part 1: Understanding Social Investment
10.00am to 12.30pm
(followed by lunch)

During the morning we take a detailed look at social investment: what it is and how it can be used as an enabler for growth, sustainability and the delivery of greater social impact.

Part 2: Looking at Investment from a different perspective 
1.15pm to 3.30pm


And then in the afternoon we take a very practical and fun approach to accessing social investment. You become the lender and are given a real application to consider. Would you lend the money?

For more information and to register click HERE

Any questions?

Email or call us on 0131 558 7706.

Meet the Buyer

Dundee Social Enterprise Network will have a table
See you there!

Meet The Buyer gives your business the opportunity to meet the buying personnel from most of the Public Sector organisations in Tayside including:
Angus Council, Dundee City Council, Perth & Kinross Council,
NHS Tayside, Universities, Colleges, Tayside Contracts etc.

Buyers are keen to meet with new potential Suppliers to chat about upcoming contracts, how they go about tendering and what they look for when buying goods and services for their organisations be it personal care, building works, transport, catering etc.

If you would like to find out more about how the Public Sector contract for goods and services come along and have a chat with the people directly involved. This is an informal event which is open to any business - all welcome.

For more information click HERE or contact John Scott, 01382 434275
Finale to a Worldly Blog

Monk on the run!

The final part of DSEN's Development Officer, Angus' worldly blog,                       "The Long Road to Mandalay" learning how Asian countries address social and environmental problems through social enterprise. 


“It had been a wonderful, informative, emotional, tiring and inspirational trip and a few special mentions and thank you: to Gerry, Johnny and Jo from CEIS who had organised it so wonderfully well. DSEN [ Dundee Social Enterprise Network ] for giving me this fantastic opportunity. Those who organised and delivered the inspiring World Forum [ #SEWF16 ]. All those who were involved in the life changing enterprises that we visited and to [...] And of course to my fellow tour party colleagues from across the globe. A pleasure and a privilege to spend time with you all."

Thank You 谢谢 多謝 ကျေးဇူးတင်ပါတယ် Tapadh leat

Complete Angus' Journey HERE

Dundee Futures Fund

New Year to test your Ideas!
People with an idea to start up a Social Enterprise and in need of initial funding e.g. a Feasibility grant to help try and test their ideas. A new social enterprise at the start of trading, where a grant would reduce a barrier to operating. Next Main Grant deadline 20th March 2017. 
Want to know more? More information on Dundee Futures Fund HERE or contact Jessie Bruce,
- Shop opening - 

DSEN, Georgia Cruickshank (Scottish Councillor for Maryfield) and Chris Duke from Wave 102 joined the opening of  Dundee & Angus ADHD Support Group's charity shop! The new shop - 162 Albert Street, Dundee - supports to continue their work for children, parents and carers of those affected by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Helped by Dundee Futures Fund we wish them every success!

For more information on ADHD click HERE


Chris, Georgina and Alison infront of ADHD Shop

Wise Group
- Work Able Scotland Programme -

The Wise Group (DSEN member) is one of the UK’s leading social enterprises and has been transforming lives since 1983. It makes a positive difference to people, communities and society by helping customers gain new skills and new employment, reducing reoffending, regenerating communities and tackling fuel poverty.

Successful in the procurement of two of the four regions for the new Work Able Scotland employability programme.  This is the initial one-year programme that will be the transition from the UK government Work Programme to a new Scottish approach to delivering employment support services.

Work Able Scotland is due to start on 1 April 2017 and aims to support customers into sustainable jobs through high quality employment support services delivered locally. It will be aimed at ESA and Universal Credit claimants who want to work and cannot be supported through other Job Centre Plus or DWP provision... READ MORE

The Brae Riding
- Upcoming Fundraising Events -

Upcoming fundraising events from The Brae Riding for the Disabled
(DSEN member)
The Brae Beetle Drive - Friday 24th February 2017, St Aidans Church Hall, Brook Street, Broughty Ferry
Tickets are £5 for Adults and £2.50 for kids (includes refreshments)

The Brae Fundriasing Dinner - Wednesday 8th March 2017, KC Cafe, Dundee College, Kingsway Campus
Tickets are £25 per person for a beautiful 4 course meal

The Rotary Swimarathon, 6 Brae Volunteers and Staff - The Brae Kelpies are once again competing in this Sponsored Swimming Competiton
19th February 2017 at The New Olympia - come along and cheer us on.

For more information contact or visit:

One Parent Families Scotland
- Daycare service - 

One Parent Families Scotland (DSEN Member) support families with flexible affordable childcare to enable them to become employed or after further training social aspects.
"A flexible daycare service open 51 weeks of the year, Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm. We have a home-based care service that you can access if you are looking for your child to be picked up from school and then taken home and looked after in your own house.  We can look after children in their own environment. We support many groups within Dundee with our mobile crèche service.  You can organise a group and we can look after the children.  This can happen anywhere as long as we can initially undertake a risk assessment.  We can provide resources if required or you can supply your own."
For more information contact or or call 01382 504652.
Volunteer Dundee's project 
 - Dial up Morning Call -

Giving value to conversations
DIAL-OP, the local Information Helpline and Telephone Befriending service, is now also offering a Morning Call service to any vulnerable and/or isolated adult in Dundee who feels they will benefit from a regular phone call in the morning, Monday to Friday, from one of our trained volunteers. The purpose of this service is to help people feel connected, safer and valued. To sign up with Dial-OP Morning Call or receive further information, contact the Dial-OP team on 01382 305757.
Further Information
 - Adding Value to Public Sector Contracts -

Venue: Banqueting Hall, South Lanarkshire Council  Almada Street, Hamilton, Lanarkshire,
On the 16th February South Lanarkshire Council and Ready for Business will be holding and Awareness raising event to demonstrate the added value that Social Enterprises can bring to public sector contract delivery. The event will also examine the challenges involved in becoming “tender ready” and look at some of practical aspects of delivering community benefits.


There will be a number of high profile local government organisations in attendance with a strong line up of presenters including Scotland Excel, CRNS and Robert McAlpine in what will be a dynamic and interactive learning session. There are a few remaining places and if you are a procurement officer interested in learning more about Social Enterprise capabilities or a Social Enterprise keen to understand more about the Journey, please visit our website for more details on how to register.

Further Dates

Local business and training opportunities
Introduction to the Fourth Sector
(More to follow
Dear Reader
The DSEN Newsletter and E-Bulletin are popular mailings that reach a readership across all sectors in Dundee. If you have a story, job vacancy or event that represents the great work you are doing we would like to hear and share them.

DSEN Team 
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