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Living Wage accreditation!

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Dundee Social Enterprise Network (DSEN) are now an accredited Living Wage Employer. The move has been welcomed by the Poverty Alliance who deliver the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative in partnership with the Living Wage Foundation.

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at DSEN, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors; receive a real Living Wage of at least £8.45 per hour, which is significantly higher than government minimum wage of £6.70 and the new minimum wage premium for over 25s of £7.20 per hour introduced last April. Full time employees earning the real Living Wage earn £45 a week more than those on the government minimum.

The real Living Wage is an hourly rate, calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission, based on the best available evidence on living standards in the UK.

Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage Foundation, The Poverty Alliance and the Scottish Living Wage Campaign believe that work should be the surest way out of poverty.

Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance said,

“Two thirds of the children that are living in poverty in Scotland are living in a household where at least one adult works. This shows that work is not working as an effective route out of poverty and paying the real Living Wage is one of the key tools at our disposal to help make an impact on this.

We are delighted to congratulate DSEN on becoming a Living Wage employer. Paying the real Living Wage makes a huge difference to people’s lives, and employers can enjoy a range of business benefits too, including increased productivity, increased staff retention and lower rates of absenteeism”.


For more information on the Living Wage Foundation click HERE




TrACK – Training sessions for Third Sector Organisations

track logoFollowing  from successful funding from Dundee Social Enterprise Network, Along Came Kirsty (DSEN Member) would like to give you a chance to give your organisation support and development across a number of vital fields.

Are you new to the post?  Volunteering?  Want experience in the third sector?  Would like to refresh skills or simply get together with like-minded people to discuss the different areas that affect the third sector?
If you’re looking for inspiring, useful and affordable training, check out our upcoming 10 TrACK training session – all specifically tailored for small charities and social enterprises.

The 10 sessions include:

  • The Funding Process- Grant Application, Applying to Trusts
  • Presentation Skills
  • Motivating Your Team, Team Effectiveness and Productivity
  • Management of Volunteers and Placements
  • Charity Law: Roles and Responsibilities of the Board
  • Charity Finance
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Press & Media Training
  • Social Media
  • Property

These courses are delivered in partnership with local businesses who are expert in their field. The course is open to staff or volunteers from third sector organisations, community groups or individuals who are keen to learn or refresh knowledge on some of the fundamental areas of the third sector.

Sign up to TrACK 10 for only £450. It may be possible to sign up for individual sessions at a cost of £50 each. Dates to be confirmed.

To note interest please email: or have a chat to her at the March session of Charity Chit Chat.

Kirsty is also available to come to your workplace to deliver in house training on a range of topics. For more information contact


Entrepreneurship Week Dundee Social Entrepreneurs

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


Aspiring Social Enterprise Meeting – Employment Policy & Procedures

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.


Meet the Buyer – Tayside

Meet the buyer flyer

Meet the buyer flyer

An opportunity for buyers to meet direct with potential suppliers.

For more information contact, John Scott on 01382 434275