Social Enterprise in North Lanarkshire

Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire offer a range of social enterprise support and services including advice on start up, governance, charity law and income generation to our members. As well as this we also provide information and support for HR, IT, quality systems, networking and partnerships. Throughout the year we offer an organisational development training programme with a variety of courses delivered throughout North Lanarkshire.  

VANL is a partner within the Lanarkshire Social Economy Partnership which is responsible for driving the social economy in Lanarkshire. The partners provide a strategic and operational function ensuring advice and support services for new and existing Social Enterprises in North Lanarkshire. Other partners include North Lanarkshire Council, Lanarkshire Enterprise Services Ltd (Business Gateway), Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire Council.

Through the North Lanarkshire Social Enterprise Framework, the partners seek to increase the development and growth of the sector locally in terms of jobs and turnover during the period 2013 – 2018. The Lanarkshire Social Economy Steering Group was established to provide the structure for a co-ordinated inter agency response to social economy development across Lanarkshire.

For further information or to discuss any aspects further please contact Michelle Thomson, Development & Support Officer. 

Scotland's Social Enterprise Strategy  - 2016-26

Download a copy of Scotland's Social Enterprise Strategy,

Read more on Scotland's Vision for Social Enterprise - Building a new Economy

Building a Sustainable Social Enterprise Sector in Scotland – Action Plan 2017-20

The Action Plan shows how the Scottish Government will lay the foundation for a flourishing social enterprise sector by delivering on the three key priorities set out in the Scotland’s Social Enterprise Strategy.. You can view the Action Plan in PDF format here.

Just Enterprise - Learning Calendar

Just Enterprise have released details of their latest Learning Calendar.

There are a range of events and topics in locations across Scotland and all are free to attend and open to staff/members/volunteers of third sector organisations - or for social entrepreneurs taking the first steps in their social enterprise journey.

Follow this link to read about current learning opportunities and information on how to book your place

North Lanarkshire Social Enterprise Network

North Lanarkshire Social Enterprise Network or NLSEN for short, plays a vital role in supporting new, established, or aspiring Social Enterprises in North Lanarkshire to grow and develop.

Membership is open to any organisation or group who can adopt the values and behaviours as listed in the Social Enterprise Code.

Both an info leaflet and membership form for the NLSEN are below.