Following the marvellous official launch event for Birmingham Social Enterprise City (which is covered HERE on this blog and HERE over on the iSE website) Sarah Crawley writes with a special thank you…
It’s almost Christmas and as we draw breath and plan for 2019 I want to thank you for attending the launch of Birmingham as a social enterprise city on the 15th November and share with you some of the plans the steering group has for 2019 to support our continued growth as a valued sector in the city.
The steering group is a voluntary open group of organisations and agencies that meet bi-monthly to progress agreed work packages. These have been mutually developed and cover the key themes of access to markets, professional development and leadership, data (economic and social), young people and social enterprise awareness. The work has been formulated based on researched need and is by no means exclusive.
Most of the planned work will be piloted in 2019 with a view to rolling it out in subsequent years and it includes work with schools to provide a programme of activity to raise awareness of social enterprise and the opportunities it creates to address social issues that concern young people, programmes for leadership in the sector that include experiential and workshop based approaches and an internship programme working with Birmingham University to create career paths for young people coming into the social enterprise world. Resources have already been identified and these programmes are likely to be very low cost or free. Contact us if you are interested in any of these opportunities.
Mapping is a major issue for us as a sector and Alun Severn will be commencing a new sector mapping exercise in January and we have an ambition to be the city of a thousand social enterprises so we would really value your help in completing the short questionnaire we will be sending out.
Access to markets is very important to all of us no matter what kind of social enterprise we run. There are meetings currently being held to explore opportunities with Hs2 and the Commonwealth games amongst other things. Watch this space and we will push out any opportunities as they emerge.
City Drive is the sector’s most important promotional event of the year where we get the opportunity to raise awareness of our businesses and our work to everyone! The dates are set for 2019 and we will commence on Monday the 8th April and this year and continue until Saturday 13th April.
Please do get in contact with your proposals for events and we will include them in the programme. We already have 11 events registered. This is your opportunity to get noticed in Birmingham!
With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year,