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Rock Solid have been busy over the summer months. Read what they have all been up to in their latest newsletter.

RockSolid Newsletter Autumn 2017 (003)


Social Good HQ

On Friday 22nd September, Social Good HQ are hosting a ‘Social Good’ LIVE event in Dundee, designed to inspire, motivate and to provide actionable tips to allow you and your organisation to grow and prosper.
I know sometimes its hard to make the time to attend full day events and that’s why I have made this a half day (0930 – 1330) event jam packed full of speakers from across the Charity and Social Enterprise sector.
I’ve also booked a really great venue, thanks to DC Thomson – The Vista Room at DC Thomson Tower building with 360 degree views of the city.. cracking!
There are now only 40 early bird tickets available until 22 August.

International Day of the Older Person

Please see flyer below for our event on United Nations International Day of the Older Person being held on Sunday 1st October 12 – 4pm.

You will see from the flyer attached that we have a range of activities on but I am looking for volunteers to help run a few of the indoor activities sessions for which we have Open equipment – Indoor Kurling and Indoor Bowling to be exact.

Would anyone who has used this equipment like to run the come and try/ game sessions? We are looking at approximately 45 minute sessions. We are also looking for volunteers to assist with the setting up (10am onwards) and clearing up (4pm) tasks.

In addition, there will also be some information stalls available, although due to limited space, it is likely that you will have to share them. We are looking to promote primarily activity sessions/ groups. If you would like to put your organisations name down for a table, please let me know.

If you can help, It would also be great to hear from you.

Thanks in advance.

Save the Date for UN International Day Poster



Lindsays Event with Dundee TSI


Tin Roof

Dundee Ceramics Workshop////GENERATORprojects Members Takeover. You are warmly invited to our first ever exhibition of artists, ceramicists and illustrators, showcasing the diversity of members at Dundee Ceramics Workshop as we takeover GENERATORprojects in Dundee.

Launch night: Thursday 7th September | 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Venue: GENERATORprojects – Unit 25/26 Mid Wynd Ind Est, DD1 4JG Dundee

Join us for an evening of drinks, nibbles, live demonstrations and great people!

Exhibition continues 8th-12th of September | 12-5pm daily

Events: Artists talks and workshops on Sunday 10th and Tuesday 12th September – a chance to hear more from our members and try your hand at various ceramic techniques.

Entry to all events is free.

Dundee Ceramics Workshop


Showcase the Street

On Friday 1st of September Scottish Enterprise at Green Market, Dundee hosted 11 budding female entrepreneurs as they pitched their business ideas and aspirations to a support panel of local and national business experts.
The women – who are all from the Dundee, Angus, Tayside and Fife area – had completed a one-week intensive course entitled “Fast Track to Business Success” which was created as part of Coca Cola’s corporate social responsibility initiative – 5by20.
The Coca Cola 5by20 program is part of a global initiative set to create 5 million female entrepreneurs by 2020.
The program sets out to economically empower women offering them practical support and training throughout all stages of their business development.

5by20 Timetable August – November 2017

PRESS RELEASE Coca-Cola 5by20 Dundee – August 2017



Interesting article from DSEN members RSB Lindsays about how charities and social enterprises can learn from each other. See link below.

RSB Lindsays Charity article – Should charities ride the social enterprise wave



Deaf Links Charity Ball

Deaf Links are holding our 1st charity ball which is taking place on Saturday 12th November 2016 at Apex Hotel in Dundee arrival for 7pm.

We are holding this event in order to generate much needed funds in order to continue our work and support to the sensory loss community within Tayside.

We would be delighted if you would join us at our event.  Our tickets cost £36 per person or for a table of 10 £350, this includes; a sparkling reception with a red carpet for entry, 3 course meal, music & entertainment and a silent auction.   If you would like to attend, please email me at and I shall happily arrange tickets for you.


Independent Examination Training @Number Ten

Dates: Tuesday 4 October and Friday 7 October  (please note the course will be held over two days)

Venue: Dundee Voluntary Action, Number Ten, 10 Constitution Road, Dundee DD1 1LL

Time: 0930 for a 1000 start – 1630 finish lunch included

Cost £100

Further Information: Participants must have a good level of understanding of keeping accounting records and/or charity finances in general. Please call should you have any further questions.

Please confirm by Wednesday 28 September  if you are interested. Call  01382 305744 or email


Dundee Museum of Transport



New Pathways Handyman Service

Handy Man service Final Copy


Rise and Shine Mobile Creche

Read more about the Rise & Shine Mobile crèche which is part of Dundee International Women’s Centre.


Positive Steps

Please find attached some information for the new STEP programme workshops running throughout Dundee.

STEP aims to tackle social isolation amongst vulnerable adults by using an action learning process in a group work setting. Each course runs for 2 hours once a week for 9 weeks. It’s free, community-based and fun.

 These groups are for adults but we also run an adapted course aimed at older adults aged 65 and over, with an emphasis on issues that may be effecting them such as social isolation, diabetes and alcohol intake.

 If you know anyone that would be suitable for the programme, or if you would be interested in us coming and doing a group with you, please get in touch.

 Read more about this programme by clicking on the link below.

STEP Programme


Along Came Kirsty

DSEN member Along Came Kirsty have organised an abseil to raise money for the charity PAMIS, based at the University of Dundee.  


On 20 August 2016 – The Tower Building at the University of Dundee. It is only £20 to register for a place with a commitment to raise at least £100 through sponsorship for PAMIS (Promoting a more inclusive society).

Here is the link to book your timeslot:


Deaf Links AGM

Deaf Links

Deaf Links AGM will take place on Tuesday 28 June 2016 at 7pm in Tayside Deaf Hub (The Old Mill, 23 Brown Street, Dundee, DD1 5EF. After the AGM Business, information on safety, avoid scams from Dundee Community Safety and Dundee Adult Protection. Refreshments will be served.  BSL Interpreters, Electronic Notetaker and Loop System available. All welcome!


DSEN member Hillcrest Group have community activities led by Gowrie Care across Community Hubs in Dundee. Hubs are also available to hire. If you are interested in finding our more contact Julie Horan –

Community Hub Pricing 2016 pdf

External Booking Form Hub pdf


The Food Train

Read the Food Train newsletter here ….Food Train Spring 2016 News (002)


SCRAPantics by Sandy Greene

New scrap store in Dundee, come know more about check out SCRAPantics here!


Along Came Kirsty

Get your frock on and support a great cause!!!!


Dundee International Womens Centre

Follow the link below to find out more about Rise & Shine Mobile Creche

Childcare for Parents with an Active Lifestyle


Fairfield Sports & Leisure

Fairfield Sports & Leisure Hub have recently been chosen by Sport – Ed and the Tennis Foundation as a Tennis Hub Club meaning that they have been given a package which includes portable tennis equipment that can be used throughout the area both indoors and outdoors . The aim is to deliver tennis sessions in local communities across the UK, using sport to tackle inequality in participation. There will be a specific focus on:

  • BME communities
  • Girls and young women
  • Those living in the bottom 20% most deprived areas of the UK

Please read the information on the flyers below to find out more.

Tennis on your Terms     Tennis Activators Course


Along Came Kirsty – Charity Chit Chat

The next session of Charity Chit Chat is taking place on Thursday 10th March. Due to popular demand ACK will be giving an update on funding opportunities during the session. Tim Mineard from Dundee Carers Centre, who are hosting the session, will be telling us about their work with unpaid carers and disabled people in Dundee. We also have great guest speakers lined up for this session!

  • Angus-based photographer, Julie Christie, will be telling us about her professional portrait work and the importance of using high quality photographs to promote your work.
  • Sylvia Mudie, the Healthy Working Lives adviser and Senior Health Promotion Officer for NHS Tayside, will be telling us about the range of free services provided by NHS Healthy Working Lives to workplaces.

You can book your free place on Eventbrite! If you are interested in hosting a session please contact


Oor Wullie Bucket Trail sculpture proposal.



Along Came Kirsty 

Charity Chit Chat Thursday 10 March 2016.

To find out more follow the link


Dundee Carers Centre 

Please see below information on a series of sessions that Dundee Carers Centre are running.  These are aimed at people who use services and their families) to explore the exciting opportunities that Self Directed Support can offer.   As you will see the events each have a specific focus. Although aimed at people who may use services, they are also open to anyone with a specific involvement in any of these areas.

Invitation to SDS in Dundee conversation





Along Came Kirsty

Along Came Kirsty (ACK) Young Champions is a new initiative from Along Came Kirsty CIC which aims to help local vulnerable children and young people to improve their skillset and increase their chances of gaining employment.  Figures show that there are currently 1364 of Dundee 16 to 19 years old’s not in education or training. Children who are disengaged at school and have low levels of attainment leave with very few skills and a lack of knowledge of what it is like in a workplace. These children and young people are consistently slipping through the net and face a chronic lack of employment opportunities. This initiative will offer children and young people an opportunity to increase skills in IT, office administration, marketing, budgeting and other workplace skills but also give them structure and experience of workplace environment helping them with a daily routine, team building and communication skills, time keeping and appropriate dress code, whilst working in a safe and secure environment. The aim is to increase self-esteem, confidence, employability and their knowledge about the 3rd sector in Dundee including the difference between charities and social enterprise. The programme will offer 10 children work placements for 12 weeks on a rolling basis with Anthea Reid, Children, Youth and Volunteer Manager and a Youth Worker.  Along Came Kirsty, through their work with schools and other youth organisations, have the capacity to reach the most disadvantaged young people who would benefit most from this initiative in Dundee.  Along Came Kirsty CIC have launched a Crowdfunding appeal to raise the funds required to put these children through the placements and are hoping that locals and business will support this initiative to increase the employability of local young people. Donations can be made at If you would like to find out more about ACK Young Champions please contact Along Came Kirsty CIC at


Craigowl Communities – The A Leap of Faith into the Future exhibition will run from Tuesday 1 March to Saturday 5th March 2016 and can be viewed from 10am to 4pm daily.

Futures Project works with people whose lives have been impacted on by homelessness and Roseangle Cafe is a community café that supports people to progress into employment; both are Craigowl Communities projects. Craigowl is delighted that Beth Bate, newly appointed Director at DCA, will open the exhibition at 4.30pm on Monday 29 February 2016.  “Art as therapy, movement and creating interactive media using mobile devices, is beneficial to the Craigowl Future’s clients, as the sessions shift perception, instil confidence and create a sense of creative agency.“Each participant has had a hurdle to overcome and through these sessions, they have opened themselves to change and a sense of belief and courage that is needed to move with confidence into the future.  “Making, creating and devising by any means makes any person feel adventurous, brave and accomplished.” Jeannette Ginslov, A Leap of Faith into the Future Facilitator.  To get the most out of this exhibition please bring along a smartphone or tablet with the Aurasma app preinstalled as directed in the invite image below.

Craigowl A leap of faith into the future.

Greenhillock Glamping – Partners for Projects or Bids

We are very interested in working alongside community groups local to us (just outside Inverarity, off the A90). We have a five acre site featuring wildflower meadows, native trees and hedges and abundant plant, animal and birdlife. As part of our offering to campers and ‘glampers’ we include the ‘bug zone’ a tent full of scientific equipment, opportunities for pond dipping and minibeast hunting and guided wildlife walks.   We exist to provide a space where children and families can put down their technology and get closer to nature. We encourage campfires and den building and the imaginative play which comes alongside that. As the site develops we also plan to commission outdoor artworks and provide opportunities for people to unlock their creativity.  We believe all sorts of community groups could benefit from day visits to Greenhillock as an opportunity to get out into nature and learn a bit about sustainability. We would also be open to hosting group camps especially through the week where demand on the facilities will be less intense. We are very interested in exploring potential collaborations / joint funding bids etc and would welcome people getting touch and coming to take a look at what we have to offer – wellies essential right now!!

Contact info –Kate Latham, Director Telephone 07967200893


RSB Lindsays volunteers embraced the firm’s 200th anniversary charity initiative

At the start of 2015, Lindsays launched a unique charity initiative as part of the firm’s bicentenary celebrations.  Partners and staff were offered the chance to devote 200 hours during the working day to help community groups of their choice.   Alasdair Cummings, Lindsays’ Managing Partner, said: “The objective was simple – to support local community projects by enabling our people to invest time in causes which matter personally to them.”  The enthusiasm and commitment from across the firm surpassed expectations and resulted in 200 hours becoming 350-plus hours.  Teams worked together to identify local projects and communities they could help, and groups from different offices swapped their business suits for tools, paint brushes and wellingtons, to support a variety of charities.

Marie Curie - Nov project Dundee



Along Came Kirstys Charity Chit Chat 10 March 2016

Charity Chit Chat is for you if you have responsibility for; fundraising,research, development, training or charity events and would like support in any of these areas.

Our hosts for this session will be Dundee Carers Centre. Our guest speakers are photographer Julie Christie and NHS Healthy Working Lives adviser and Senior Health Promotion Officer, Sylvia Mudie.

There will be an update on funding from ACK, and will hear from Dundee Carers Centre as well as our guest speakers. There will also be an opportunity for networking. Follow the link below to book or to find out more.


Dundee International Women’s Centre are delighted to invite you to ‘A Bite and a Blether’, a celebration of inspirational and international women and cultural diversity in Dundee. This event will be taking place on Saturday 28th November at 12.30pm at Chamber East Function Suite, Panmure Street, Dundee. The celebration will include a 3 course multicultural lunch, talks from inspiring women, and world music and dancing.  Individual tickets for this event will cost £15 each and a table of 10 will cost £150.  There is also an option to sponsor a guest, a women who may not have the financial means to attend the event, if you would like to attend the event and sponsor a guest to attend please include them as one of the numbers in your party booking.  If you do not plan on attending the event but would still like to sponsor a guest please select the Sponsored Guest option.  

To book your tickets or sponsor an international woman follow the link below.  

 A Bite and a Blether (5)

Craigowl Communities is working in partnership with Positive Qualities Ltd and Malmaison Dundee to bring this fantastic opportunity to hardworking people in Dundee – that’s you or someone you know.

Don’t let this chance at a brilliant career pass you by, sign up today!

We will be holding an information session on Wednesday 11 November in the morning.

For further details and to register your interest please contact Jacqueline Gray at Craigowl Communities by calling 01382 315700 or email

Craigowl Communities Hospitality Academy



Helm Training operate a social enterprise helping young people prepare for work in the motor trade.  Helm also run a garden landscaping project to support young people making the transition from school to work. To read more follow the links.


DSEN is delighted to welcome The HR Dept to the Network as a new corporate member.

The HR Dept provides a low cost professional HR solution for companies that cannot justify the cost of employing a full time HR professional, but are nonetheless uncomfortable without qualified HR representation. Typically we can save our clients many times their investment in our services, through eliminating the need to consult with employment law solicitors which can be expensive. We do this by identifying and resolving issues before they escalate.

We offer a full range of services that includes one off work charged at hourly, half daily, or daily rates, as well as subscription services available from as little as £55 per month. We also understand the unique needs of the third sector, and have extensive experience working with charities and not-for-profit organisations, which is why all of our solutions are bespoke, and tailored to the specific needs of our clients. Knowing that the third sector is statistically more likely to find themselves on the wrong side of an employment tribunal than any other industry, our subscription clients can benefit from the peace of mind that comes from knowing that, if our advice is taken and followed from the beginning of an issue, they are covered by our employment tribunal indemnity insurance, ensuring that any associated costs are met.

Our one off and onsite services include: Support to provide an impartial chairperson at disciplinary or grievance hearings, assistance and advice for managers in HR process and employment law, interviewing and recruitment, as well as providing a full portfolio of HR policy documentation, contracts, and handbook, to help you to ensure that your full HR function is inclusive and legally compliant. Our initial consultation is always free, and so, if you have an issue of concern, or simply want to find out more, we would be delighted to meet for a coffee.


Dovetail receive nomination for Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland 2015/16

Dovetail were thrilled to have been nominated as a finalist in the GO Best Service Award – UK suppliers working with the Scottish public sector category. Everyone at the organisation was delighted to receive the recognition as the level of competition for this year’s awards was extremely high, with the awards receiving their largest number of entries ever! It was great to see Dovetails procurement activity acknowledged and commended and all looked forward to finding out if they were winners are at the ceremony on Tuesday 6 October 2015 at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow. Unfortunately Dovetail didn’t win this time but will definitely be trying again next year.


Hillcrest Maintenance Services awarded V&A cleaning contract

Hillcrest Maintenance Services (HMS) has been awarded the contract for cleaning the construction company’s accommodation on the site of the V&A museum in Dundee.

Bob Jack, HMS Operations Manager said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the desirable cleaning contract for P J Carey’s accommodation on site at the exciting V&A museum, part of Dundee’s redeveloping waterfront. This contract will involve the cleaning of the site accommodation three times per week.”

Following their merger with Clean Close Company earlier this year, HMS provides a range of effective cleaning services to private, commercial and industrial clients. Their cleaning staff are fully trained in: moving & handling; needle awareness; customer service; working at heights; infection control; risk assessment; asbestos awareness; Health & Safety (introductory); COSHH; and Method Statement.

HMS also offers a range of maintenance and cleaning services at competitive prices and excellent levels of service.

HMS can provide a variety of responsive, void, cyclical, planned and property upgrade works for customers. They can also supply a Domestic and commercial flooring service and can supply and fit a range of carpets and vinyl flooring.




Following the success of last years event, The Unicorn are pleased to announce the return of the Unicorns Christmas Fayre on Saturday 28th November 2015. Please note that the Unicorn is very cold at this time of year and woolly hats are a necessity!  The event is very low cost (£12 per half table/ £20 per full table) and I have attached information and an application form for  return if anyone is interested.  The deadline for applications is 5th October 2015. For more information contact Susan Curran on 01382 200900.

Unicorn Christmas Fayre 2015


New chapter in the growth of social enterprise in Dundee:

The growing success of social enterprise in Dundee is to be celebrated at a Dragons’ Den style event to be held in the Fun Factory, Balunie Drive on Wednesday 16 September from 6.30pm. The event will mark the conclusion of the grant support from the John Sharp Futures Fund and the launch of the NEW Dundee Futures Fund, a scheme to continue the development of social enterprise in the city over the next three years which is being financed by the Rank Foundation.  Derek Marshall, Chair of Dundee Social Enterprise Network (DSEN) said: “Over the last two years, we have worked in partnership with the John Sharp Benevolent Trust to support new social enterprise start-ups and help existing companies to grow. This is an exciting time for social enterprise in Dundee and with the new financial backing of the Rank Foundation we are set to deliver a major boost to the growth of the sector and create more new job opportunities over the next three years.At the Dragons’ Den event awards totalling £15,000 are to be made to those that make a successful ‘pitch’. The final awardees of the John Sharp Futures Fund will also be announced.

We still have  a few spaces remaining to be part of  the audience  –  to book a space please email as soon as possible to guarantee a place.

Dundee Carers Centre

AGM – Tuesday 22 September 2015 at the Apex City Quay Hotel (9.30am-1.30pm) – registration from 9am. This years AGM will focus on the future,  as the Centre works towards finalising its strategic plan for 2016-2020 as well as giving an overview of the activities that have taken place during our 25th Anniversary year.

Greenhillock Glamping Pioneer Weekends

A reminder that your final chance to experience our lovely eco-camp site is coming up. Bring your camping gear along for a trial weekend (Fri/Sat night) completely free of charge. All we’re asking for is your feedback about the site. Groups, families and dogs all welcome! Email us to reserve your pitch(es) at Approx 5 pitches are still available on a first come first served basis so be quick!

Along Came Kirsty and Hearing Voices Network Fundraising Wine Tasting Night at Aitken Wines

Tickets must be reserved in advance and £15 per ticket payable on arrival The price includes glass of fizz on arrival and 7 wines Please arrive at 7 pm for 7.30 pm sharp start – event will finish at 9.30 pm at the latest This is a highly enjoyable and popular event with some fun games, nibbles and the expertise of the staff from Aitken Wines. The Hearing Voices Network in Dundee works to inspire hope and promote recovery from the most unwelcome mental health difficulties.


Dundee Carers Anniversary Ball

Dundee Careres Ball


FREE camping pitches for Pioneers at Greenhillock Glamping 14th-16th August!

 Come and experience this unique eco campsite completely free of charge. Greenhillock Glamping is set in five acres of pristine wild space just South of Forfar off the A90. Greenhillock is home to a rich and varied population of birds, insects, animals, plants and flowers. Whether you choose to enjoy the wildlife from the tranquillity of your tent, follow the numerous nature trails or explore in the bug zone tent you will leave feeling more relaxed, better informed and closer to the living world.

 Check out our facebook page 

 There’s lots to do onsite for families of all ages. Go pond dipping, hunt for mini-beasts, wander in the wild flower meadows, make a campfire, build a den, or play the giant outdoor games. There are lovely walks nearby in the hills, woods and beaches and plenty of local museums and visitor attractions. There’s also the Arbroath Sea-Fest taking place this weekend about a 20 minute drive from Greenhillock.

Bring your camping gear along for a trial weekend (Fri/Sat night) completely free of charge. All we’re asking for is your feedback about the site. Groups, families and dogs all welcome! Email us to reserve your pitch(es) at Approx 5 pitches are available on a first come first served basis so be quick!

You can also enter the prize draw for a free upgrade to our Glamping tent ‘Belle’. One lucky couple or family (up to four) will win Saturday night in our luxury bell tent. We will complete the prize draw at welcome drinks on Saturday afternoon!



Dundee and Angus ADHD Support Group will be delivering a workshop on ‘Understanding ADHD’ in our premises at Manhattan Works on Thursday 24th September 2015.

For any further information for this event you can contact the Dundee and Angus ADHD Support Group on Purchase tickets from Eventbrite £50 per person


 Bicentenary Dinner Dance – Tickets now £50!

Scotland’s oldest Children’s charity, Carolina House Trust celebrates its Bicentenary anniversary in 2015. In order to celebrate all the fantastic work the charity has done, and continues to do, we will be holding a black tie dinner dance fundraiser in the Apex Hotel, Dundee on 5th September 2015. It gives us great pleasure to invite you to help us celebrate this momentous occasion.

The founding of the Dundee Orphan Institution in 1815, now known as Carolina House Trust, was innovative for it’s time – it was one of the first charities dedicated to helping children in Scotland.  Despite the fluctuating fortunes of the City of Discovery, the charity has remained committed to offering thousands of children across Scotland the sort of stable environment that every young person deserves.

Tickets are priced at £50 per person, this includes;

  • Sparkling drinks reception
  • Beautiful 3 course meal
  • Photo Booth
  • Sweetie Cart
  • Entertainment including Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Stuart Webster from Radio Tay
  • Dancing through ‘til 12.30am

Tickets are limited so please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to attend our event. For more information or to book tickets please email or call Vikki or Lauren on 01382 561279.

We are looking for as much support as possible from businesses across Scotland to ensure that as many funds are raised on the evening as possible. Carolina House Trust is a very worthy children’s charity so if you would like to make a donation, provide a gift or support us with an auction item then please contact us.

All monies raised on the night will go towards supporting the work of the Charity.


West Park Conference Centre Summer Newsletter



The Home Straight have been successful in achieving an Investing in Ideas Award. 

Our Idea : To design and prototype a set of pro-active interventions which encourage older people and their families in Scotland to consider the suitability of their home environment earlier on in their later years. This will lead to the roll-out of a new “Home4Life” toolkit which will be delivered in partnership with relevant public, private and third sector service providers to older people and their families and allied health professionals, both face to face and using on-line initiatives.

To find out more –  contact Olivia Robertson or Clare Cooper 

07840 544420 



Case Study Resources

Evaluating the Success Factors for Establishing a Thriving Social Enterprise in Scotland
The aim of this study was to understand the characteristics that are fundamental to the success and resilience of social enterprises, and the ways in which these characteristics might be encouraged and supported more widely in Scotland

Acquisitions and Mergers
A link to case studies of those enterprises that have successfully completed either a merger or an acquisition.