Dundee TSI’s first Independent Chair

Dundee’s Third Sector Interface has appointed David Dorward as its first Independent Chair, effective from 1 October 2017.

The Third Sector Interface, known as the TSI, is made up of three organisations in the city – Volunteer Dundee, Dundee Social Enterprise Network and Dundee Voluntary Action – and supports and represents the sector.
David was previously Chief Executive of Dundee City Council and currently works as the local Associate Director with the Rank Foundation, supporting local projects which build on the city’s assets and investing in its potential.
Lynne Cameron, Convenor of Volunteer Dundee, said “I am delighted that David is joining the team, bringing his wealth of experience and expertise to the TSI. Charities and community organisations make a real difference to the lives of the people of Dundee by offering services and opportunities and we believe that the appointment of David as Independent Chair will strengthen the umbrella body.”
Derek Marshall, Convenor of Dundee Social Enterprise Network, added “David has an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by the third sector and the incredible potential they have to transform the communities they serve. We are looking forward to working together to implement forthcoming changes to the function and funding of TSIs across the country which we expect Scottish Government to announce shortly.”
Lorna Edwards, Convenor of Dundee Voluntary Action, said “As Independent Chair of the TSI, David will support the three partner organisations with good governance, facilitate joint working and ensure that we continue to deliver well against the Scottish Government framework this year.”

Research Consultant for Childcare for all project


Recruitment process

Bids by tender to:  Admin@dundeesen.org

Closing date for bids: 5pm on Friday 27th October 2017

Start date:  November 2017

Research Brief

We are seeking to appoint a researcher:

  • To review the existing provision of childcare, nursery and after school clubs in Dundee
  • To undertake consultation with professionals and the community as well as communities of interest to establish the needs for childcare
  • To study successful childcare models in other regions to establish alternative options
  • To take a lead from the Project Coordinator on direction of project
  • To collaborate with and report to the Project Coordinator

Other tasks that may be included are:

  • To advise on organisation legal models
  • To provide financial modelling to support the business plan
  • To provide a strategic overview for the business plan
  • To support a Stage 2 application

We are looking for a consultant who has knowledge and experience of the childcare sector.  Experience of community consultation and stakeholder engagement will be essential.  Knowledge of social enterprise is also necessary.

The project is funded by the Aspiring Communities Fund.  We will pay a daily rate of £300 which is to include travel expenses and all other associated costs (including overheads and printing) up to a maximum of £26 000. For more information please see the link below.

Research consultant brief









This report presents the findings of the Social Enterprise Census 2017, the definitive biennial account of social enterprise activity in Scotland.

The Social Enterprise Census 2017 is a collaborative effort to track the changing scale, characteristics and contribution of Scotland’s social enterprise sector every two years over the course of the next decade. It builds on the 2015 baseline study, and forms part of the Scottish Government’s long-term commitment to realising the full potential of the sector.

By ‘social enterprise’ the study refers to organisations that are trading for the common good – addressing social needs, strengthening communities, improving people’s life chances, and protecting the environment. They organisations analysed as part of the study operate in a way consistent with the Voluntary Code of Practice for Social Enterprise in Scotland .

The Social Enterprise Census is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind anywhere in the world and has included: the screening of over 20,000 organisations against the agreed definitional criteria; extraction and analysis of financial data from the public accounts of 4,439 social enterprises; and a representative survey of the population of social enterprises in Scotland, which yielded 1,351 responses.

Download the Headlines

Download the Summary

Download the Full Report

For further information, to arrange an interview or to request a social enterprise feature for print please contact: duncan.thorp@socialenterprise.scot / 07501 221 581 or  Will.Tyler-Greig@gov.scot



Project Coordinator – Childcare for All project

Job Description

 Post Title:                                                  Project Co-ordinator

Supported and Supervised by:              Julie Farr, DSEN Chief Executive Officer

Contract of Employment:                      37.5 hours per week

Salary:                                                        £28,700 p.a.

Annual Leave:                                           30 days per year pro rata

Pension:                                                     Matched up to a maximum of 5%


This post is a fixed term contract starting in October / November 2017 and ending on 31st March 2018. The employer will be DSEN on behalf of the partnership.

The Childcare for All project will build a potential third sector response to the issues identified in the Dundee Fairness Strategy around affordable and accessible childcare provision.  The project will initiate research into options for models for provision of affordable childcare which take account of location, accessibility, affordability and availability beyond Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

For further details please see
Project Overview

Project Coordinator job description

Applications by C.V. and covering letter to admin@dundeesen.org
Closing date for applications: 12.00pm on 4th October 2017
Interview date: Wednesday 11th October 2017


Uppertunity’s Craft Fair!


Uppertunity is hosting an arts and crafts fair to celebrate the creative work of individuals who do not always get a chance to do so. Various arts and crafts will be on sale and on view. Stalls include henna tattoo, hand made jewellery, contemporary art, handmade cushions, soft toys and much more.

All are welcome to join in! Stalls are avilable to be booked, please get in touch to reserve.

There will also be a raffle, and snacks and drinks are provided.

When: Saturday, 23rd of September 2017
Time: 11:00am to 15:00pm
Where: The Circle, Staffa Place, Dundee
Cost: Free

Contact Danielle on 07544984589 or danielledp@uppertunity.co.uk for more information.