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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.

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For further information, to arrange an interview or to request a social enterprise feature for print please contact: / 07501 221 581 or



Wise Group – First to deliver

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The Wise Group (DSEN member) has been 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.


It is a voluntary programme and will be managed by Skills Development Scotland. Customers will work with coaches to develop individual action plans tailored to meet their needs. They will work with the same coach throughout their time on the programme and will be able to access support that will encourage them to find employment and to stay in work.


The Wise Group has set up a partnership of 21 third sector organisations, who will deliver end to end support and specialist services for up to 847 people across Forth Valley, Fife and Tayside, and, Glasgow, Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire. Eight end to end partners will provide coaching in specific geographical locations. Thirteen specialist support partners will provide specialist support for customers through appropriate local provision.


There will be a focus on working with local employers to source good quality job opportunities for customers and help employers find hidden talent among local people that are currently not in the labour market.


Laurie Russell, Chief Executive of the Wise Group, said:

“The Wise Group is delighted to be working with the Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland to help deliver the new Scottish approach to supporting people into and sustaining work.  We have set up a consortium of third sector organisations that have a proven track record of success in matching the skills and talents of people with the needs of local employers.”

“We are combining proven methods of support with innovative ways of working so that we can reach those people who are most in need of support.”


For further information contact Chris Seely on 07710 250 189


Updates from New Pathways CIC



New Pathways CIC are settled in their new office at:

Dunsinane Industrial Estate

Block 31
Dunsinane Avenue

You can contact their office on 01382 698828

Please change your records to reflect our new contact information and direct all future correspondence to the new address found above. Thank you for your patience and please feel free to share this post with your networks.


Uppertunity’s First Newsletter


Welcome to Uppertunity’s first newsletter!

Click Uppertunity Newsletter Issue 1 to read more

Uppertunity was set up in September 2015 as a registered community interest company, with the aim to help individuals of our community to grow and be part of something bigger. Uppertunity offer skills development and social inclusion opportunities for vulnerable individuals in Dundee and surrounding areas.



Dundee Rep Creative Learning

DSEN Member Dundee Rep are launching a new Creative Learning youth theatre for young people with learning disabilities. To read more click on the link to the flyer –young-illuminate-flyer-august-2

The rep are also launching a new Wellbeing Programme for anyone over the age of 21 years, living with a health condition. The programme is free to attend by booking is essential – find out more by clicking on the link to the flyer –  feel-good-fridays-flyer-v5