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Gateway Family Services is recruiting…

It’s good to see positive news at the present time — Gateway Family Services CIC is recruiting to the following positions:

Link Worker Vacancy – BirminghamSocial Prescribing Link Worker

A rewarding opportunity for a Social Prescribing Link Worker to focus on ‘what matters to me’ and taking a holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing. If you feel you could connect to people, community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support, GFS would love to hear from you!

Position: Social Prescribing Link Worker
Location: Birmingham
Hours: Full time (37 hours)
Salary: £19,000 – £19,986
Contract: Fixed term to the end of September 2021

All details, how to apply, application form

Senior Link Worker Job VacancySenior Social Prescribing Link Worker

A rewarding opportunity for a Senior Social Prescribing Link Worker to focus on ‘what matters to me’ and taking a holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing. If you feel you could connect to people, community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support, GFS would love to hear from you!

Position: Senior Social Prescribing Link Worker
Location: Birmingham
Hours: 37 hours per week
Salary: £23,400 per annum
Contract: Fixed term to the end of September 2021

All details, how to apply, application form

Community Connector – Job Vacancies

GFS is currently seeing to employ a number of Community Connector’ roles to map voluntary and community organisations within the Edgbaston Locality and to share information about organisations across a range of services.

Position: Community Connector
Location: Birmingham (Edgbaston locality)
Hours: Full time (37 hours)
Salary: £18,393 to £19,986 dependant on experience
Contract: Fixed term for 6 months (with possibility of extended funding beyond this point)

All details, how to apply, application form

Closing date for all three posts: Tuesday 13th October 2020 (midnight).

Gateway Family Services CIC tackles the root cause of health inequalities by providing community-based support, helping people to sustain behaviour change and build resilience.

Since it was established in 2006, Gateway has provided a range of preventative health and wellbeing services across Birmingham and the wider West Midlands. A non-profit organisation, Gateway uses any surplus to invest in the education, employment, health and wellbeing of the communities we work with.

Jericho wins prestigious Centre for Social Justice award

Staff and volunteers outside JERICHO’s ReUsers social enterprise in Sutton Coldfield

We would like to congratulate everyone at Jericho on this news, just in…

Leading Birmingham-based social enterprise Jericho has been awarded the coveted Work and Welfare award by the highly regarded Think Tank, the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ). The award took place as part of this year’s CSJ Digital Awards 2020.

The news was announced by Bear Grylls on the CSJ’s website and social media feeds on Monday 14th September, during CSJ’s first ever digital awards week. You can watch the announcement here.

The CSJ Awards — in partnership with The Telegraph — are an annual, high profile award ceremony that honours the best grassroots, poverty-fighting charities and social enterprises across the UK. The Work and Welfare award is designed for organisations who help people get back onto their feet and into work. 

Jericho CEO, Richard Beard said, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to win the Centre for Social Justice’s Work and Welfare award. Our burgeoning relationship with the CSJ will support our mission to ensure the issues that affect people with barriers to employment and social inclusion are heard and represented at the highest level. This will ultimately mean that we can make an even greater impact above and beyond the individual lives of the people Jericho was established to support”.

Founded in 1993, Jericho actively supports people who are marginalised by society and face barriers to employment, to finding work and to achieving the personal fulfilment they deserve. Jericho believes in a just society where everyone has a chance to prosper. It operates a number of not-for-personal-profit social enterprises which offer great products and services, but with the added benefit that each time a customer buys from Jericho, they are supporting life-changing job opportunities for people who need them most.

The more money people spend with JERICHO, the more it can do to improve the lives of vulnerable people. “It’s that simple,” says Jericho, “and we are not stopping until we realise our vision of a world free from injustice and a future where people from all backgrounds can reach their full potential in work and in life.”

Jericho: breaking barriers, changing lives.

 

Welcome Change CIC is recruiting — again…

Further to this earlier post

Following a successful bid to the Government’s Coronavirus Community Support Fund (distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund), Welcome Change CIC has a further vacancy at its Kitts Green Community Hub and is seeking a Project Support Worker.

This will be an enthusiastic and proactive individual who will work on the development and delivery of activities at the Community Hub.

The job will involve helping to engage with the local community, grow our existing food pantry, and introduce a range of new activities that meet the needs of the local community.

It is initially a 22.50 hour a week, six-month fixed term post. Welcome Change CIC hopes to secure additional funding to allow the role to continue beyond six months.

Full details, contacts and application pack.

 

New social investment support programme for social enterprises & third sector

Through its Social Investment Catalyst Programme the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is offering six free online masterclasses between 10th September and 19th November. The sessions will include a variety of expert keynote speakers from the VCSE sector across the Midlands and each session is supported by Carole Donnelly, a local social entrepreneur.

The sessions are:

Masterclass 1: Thursday 10th September 12:30–2pm: Introduction to public health and social investment. Kiran Kenth, Director of National Regional Programmes for RSPH; Matt Smith CEO Key Fund; Carole Donnelly

Masterclass 2: Thursday 24th September 12:30–2pm: Partnership and Collaboration. Brian Carr, CEO BVSC; Claire Spencer WMCA; Carole Donnelly

Masterclass 3: Thursday 8th October 12:30–2pm: Confidence, capability and continued success. Afzal Hussain COO Witton Lodge Community Association; Carole Donnelly

Masterclass 4: Thursday 22nd October 12:30–2pm: Storytelling for impact. Sallie Ryan, marketing specialist; Steve Sharma communications officer WLCA; Power to Change marketing team

Masterclass 5: Thursday 5th November 12:30–2pm: Cash Flow forecasting made simple and demonstrating social value. Heidi Fisher MBE, social value specialist and former accountant

Masterclass 6: Thursday 19th November 12:30–2pm: How to be a Flourishing Organisation. Carole Donnelly

There will also be a Social Investment West Midlands digital conference 2020 on the 29th October 2020 at 10am – 2pm #SIWM2020.

This will bring together a network of voluntary and community sector organisations, social enterprises and social investors to provide an insight into current thinking and latest developments in the social investment field from a variety of perspectives including policy, practice and prevention.

View the PDF flyer

Sign up to attend

iSE’s WiSE Wednesday webinars return on 16th September

 
On Wednesday 16th September 2020 iSE’s WiSE Wednesday webinar series returns following an August summer break. 
 
The discussion topic, including open Q&A, will be Digital Transformation — in a low tech environment with Pauline Roche, CIO of award-winning social enterprise RnR Organisation.
 
Pauline, who was also winner of the West Midlands Women of the Year 2016 award: Outstanding Contribution to Technology, will explain the importance of data, digital agility and digital competence in sustainable, successful social enterprises, particularly those that are seeking to diversify, consolidate or transform delivery for new and existing markets. Pauline will discuss:
 
  • It doesn’t happen overnight – start small, don’t lose the personal touch.
  • Who are your people, internal and external.
  • Building on the data.
 
RnR Organisation leads from the front by chairing the West Midlands Funders Network and West Midlands Open Data Forum, along with being listed in the Inspiring Fifty: Europe 2017 and the co-organisers of meet up Net Squared Midlands.
 
Register here: Digital Transformation in a Low Tech Environment: 16th September, 2pm start.  

BECo — the social enterprise that wants employers to steal its staff

Divine chocolate. Belu water. The Big Issue. A comparatively small number of social enterprises are operating at the scale of national manufacturers.

And note that I do call them manufacturers and not ‘brands’ — I mean companies that make things, not brands that pursue maximum profit by outsourcing production to wherever conditions are worst and costs cheapest.

It takes a long time and a lot of marketing resources to reach the scale and capacity required to achieve national recognition. It takes even greater effort and resolve to do this ethically — by which I mean trading for social purpose rather than in whatever way will most enrich shareholders.

I was prompted to think about this this morning by a discussion about ethical, cruelty-free toiletries and I realised that I had come across a name that was new to me: BECo soaps.

In fact, BECo — it stands for Better Considered — is the new trading name for the soaps and toiletries produced by the disability charity and social firm, Clarity & Co, which traces its roots back to 1854. I was familiar with it under its old trading name of The Soap Company, but last year saw a major ‘rebranding’ (there’s no way round the term, I suppose) and BECo now has plans to be the new household name in ethical, cruelty-free toiletries.

80% of BECo’s staff have physical, sensory or other disabilities that disadvantage them in the conventional labour market. There are a million more people with disabilities that the company would like to employ — but unless it sells an immensely greater volume of soap, it can’t. And this is why its website encourages readers to ‘steal our staff‘. That’s right: if you’re an employer and you see someone on the BECo website you’d like to employ, you can email the company with a job offer and they’ll pass it on to the staff member concerned.

All BECo products — organic soap and shampoo bars, liquid hand-wash and other products to come — are made in the UK and create employment for people with disabilities. They are stocked by Boots, the Co-op, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and the online Ethical Superstore.

And moreover they are sensibly priced. (I do get sick of seeing products — and social enterprises are not always exempt from this — that are so expensive that their manufacturers appear oblivious both to their own privilege and to real-world financial hardship.) 

The dog-eat-dog scramble of social media ‘influencers’ to ‘work with brands’ is frankly disgusting but here is an aim truly worthy of a bit of ‘influencing’: if BECo products were in every bathroom in the UK, another 45,000 employment opportunities for people with disabilities would be created.

With scrupulous hygiene a key defence against the transmission of Covid-19, surely this is a moment of opportunity.

BVSC state of the sector survey has never been more important

Active Wellbeing Society workers and volunteers distributing food and other essentials during the coronavirus crisis (Photo: AWS/BVSC)

UPDATE 09/09/20: BVSC’s state of the sector ends on Friday 11th September

Further to this post, this is a reminder to say that BVSC’s ‘state of the sector’ survey has never been more important.

This year the survey has been completely redesigned to help gauge the impact of coronavirus on Birmingham’s voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) and the communities it serves.

If you can make fifteen minutes to participate, please do. The information the survey provides will play a critical role in helping plan for VCSE and community recovery.

Read more and survey link

John Taylor Hospice — can you help reunite a family with gallantry medals that may have been donated by accident?

John Taylor Hospice, the UK’s first social enterprise hospice, has been covered extensively on this blog, but today’s story is rather different to the sort of thing we normally cover.

The hospice is asking for help in an unusual cause. A recent donation to its Castle Bromwich shop included a number of Second World War gallantry medals and the hospice wants to make sure that this was intentional. Rachael, the shop manager, says: “We’re hoping someone can help us make sure that these medals were an intended donation. We would love to hear from the gentleman who brought in the donation or another close family member so we can check and either return the medals or thank them.”

The medals were amongst items taken into the JTH shop in Timberley Lane on Saturday 8th August by a man who made no mention of the donation including medals.

Read the full story on the JTH blog and if by any chance this rings bells with you and you think you may know the donor of these items you can contact the shop manager Rachael on 0121 728 6763 (Mon-Fri 10am-4pm) or speak to the hospice media team on 07551 125358.

UPDATE 24th August 2020: The widespread coverage of this story on websites, blogs such as ours and other social media platforms led to local TV and radio news features and family members have now come forward and John Taylor Hospice is in the process of reuniting the family with the medals. Read more here.

The medals found in a donation made to the John Taylor Hospice shop in Castle Bromwich on the 8th August

Welcome Change CIC is recruiting

Following a successful bid to the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, Welcome Change CIC is seeking a Project Co-ordinator for its Community Hub in Kitts Green.

Welcome Change CIC is seeking an enthusiastic and pro active individual to work on the development and delivery of activities at its Community Hub in Kitts Green.

The job will involve growing an existing food pantry, liaising with local residents and building partnerships with other public and private sector organisations operating in the area to introduce new activities and ensure a co-ordinated approach to meeting the needs of the local community.

This is initially a 30 hour a week, six-month fixed term post, funded through the Government’s Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund. Welcome Change CIC aims to secure additional funding to allow the role to continue beyond six months.

Full details, contacts and application pack.

 

Women’s Enterprise Hub — evolving to meet new needs

Since 2015 iSE has been delivering specialist enterprise support for women from its Women’s Enterprise Hub on Ladypool Rd, Sparkbrook. This was a partnership between iSE and Birmingham City Council.

Things have moved on significantly. In March 2020 iSE secured a fifteen year lease on the building under a community asset transfer arrangement with the council. The audit carried out as part of this process revealed that the Women’s Enterprise Hub creates the equivalent of £4m of social value in the local community every year.

This amply demonstrates the valuable role the Hub has been playing and continues to play — but even this hasn’t remained static. The coronavirus pandemic has created a level of local community need that is beyond anything previously seen in the locality.

The Women’s Enterprise Hub has now been repurposed as the Women’s Enterprise & Community Hub (WECH), reflecting the need to take a much broader and integrated approach that can meet complex local needs of debt, poverty, marginalisation in the conventional labour market and Covid-19-related hardship.

This shift in focus has enabled the WECH to raise additional resources, create two more specialist support roles, and extend its range of services. For example, during the worst of the pandemic, a newly-established food bank swiftly came to support fifty local families.

You can read the story of the evolution of the Women’s Enterprise & Community Hub on the iSE blog.

Bright Enterprise — BE more enterprising, BE more you: helping women entrepreneurs towards their first £1,000 of turnover

iSE has just announced a new women’s enterprise support programme, operating from its Women’s Enterprise & Community Hub (WECH) in Sparkbrook. The announcement reads:

The Women’s Enterprise and Community Hub (WECH), based in Sparkbrook, announces a new enterprise start up programme for Birmingham women, Bright Enterprise.

WECH, part of iSE CIC, is delighted to offer women in Birmingham the opportunity to build confidence, develop skills and start a business with our NatWest funded start up programme.

A dedicated 6 month start up support programme designed to help women bring their business ideas to life, develop a business plan, a marketing plan and target their first £1,000 of turnover!

To join the Bright Enterprise blended learning programme starting in September 2020, simply click to apply here.

Application deadline is Wednesday 19th August 2020, 12:00 noon.

The Bright Enterprise programme start date will be Wednesday 16th September 2020.

More information here.

#BEmoreenterprising 
#BEmoreyou
#BEyourfuture

September 2020 FUSE programme is open to applications now

Further to this post, iSE has just announced that its social enterprise start-up programme targeting new  health and wellbeing-led enterprises has opened for a further enrolment for September.

Applications close at the end of August and the programme will begin in September (date tbc).

Find our more about practical arrangements and how to apply (scroll down to “September 2020 FUSE programme is open to applications now”).

→ Request application from Elizabeth Forrester by email at iSE or download one here (MS Word).

 

 

 

Useful round-up of Covid-19 crisis funding sources

Birmingham City Council’s Neighbourhood Development and Support Unit has produced a very useful round-up of Covid-19 funding sources.

The list is current at August 2020 and contains over 120 sources.

 External Funding — Covid-19 crisis response — view or download PDF

Scottish Government urged to put third sector at the heart of recovery for a “wellbeing economy”

Regular readers will be aware that we have been trying to stay abreast of new documents that have a direct relevance to Covid-19 recovery planning (see all posts).

What this reveals is that in England, Covid-19 recovery planning is still seen primarily as economic recovery, with an emphasis on business. Rather than the government, it is other organisations — ourselves included — that are arguing that economic recovery has to have a more joined-up approach in which economic, social and community recovery are seen as interconnected and on an equal footing.

Contrast this with Scotland, where the Scottish Government’s Independent Advisory Group on Economic Recovery has just published its report, Towards a Robust, Resilient Wellbeing Economy for Scotland (June 2020).

This report argues for what it calls a “wellbeing economy” and recognises the vital contribution the third sector makes to this. It locates social purpose organisations at the heart of economic recovery.

The report says that the Scottish Government must take action “to protect the capacity and financial sustainability of the third sector, in recognition of its important role in building and strengthening social capital” and that this should include examining “the scope for longer-term funding arrangements for services; more flexible and collaborative approaches to procurement; and new ways to incentivise private investment in the sector”.

If only we were seeing such an enlightened approach being advocated by our own government.

Read all posts tagged Covid-19 recovery planning

→ Towards a Robust, Resilient Wellbeing Economy for Scotland: Report of the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery: Scottish Government (PDF)

Lloyds Bank Foundation announces £7.4m Covid recovery fund

Lloyds Bank Foundation has recently announced that a new £7.4m Covid recovery fund for small to medium charities will open for applications today.

It is encouraging to see that Lloyds Bank Foundation is recognising the need for this funding to be unrestricted, enabling recipients to use it as part of their recovery and continuation planning rather than being tied to predetermined ‘project delivery’ requirements. It would be wonderful to see more funders adopting this outlook. But it is unfortunate that the funding appears to be restricted to registered charities.

The Foundation’s press release said:

At 10am on 3 August 2020 we will be launching £7.4 million COVID funding aimed at supporting charities to recover beyond the immediate crisis.

From our conversations with small and local charities and the wider sector, we know that to be able recover from this health crisis charities need unrestricted funding and the space and support to adapt their organisational, income generation and service delivery models which have been significantly impacted by COVID-19.

To meet these needs, our COVID Recovery Fund will offer around 140 charities a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside a Development Partner to help charities navigate a tumultuous future.

To survive the aftermath of the pandemic, charities have needed to alter the way in which they operate, deliver services and source income. Alongside crucial funding, we know charities need the space, support and resources to be able to do this and become more resilient to future challenges. This kind of work is complex, it takes time and involves the whole organisation and with the COVID Recovery Fund programme, a Development Partner will be appointed to work hand in hand with charities through this process.

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This fund is open to small and medium sized charities with an income of between £25,000 and £1 million a year that are helping people overcome complex social issues such as dependency, homelessness and domestic abuse.

Applications will open from 10am 3rd August 2020 and will close at 5pm 11th September 2020.

Find out more.

→ Lloyds Bank Foundation is holding a Q&A webinar with its grants team on 11th August between 2pm – 3.30pm you can register here.

 

BSSEC publishes eighth annual report

For many, 2020 will for ever be associated with the coronavirus crisis, despite the fact that the full scale and implications of the pandemic only became evident as the financial year drew to a close.

But much of the year — had we only recognised it at the time — now seems a golden age of normality and we were able to make significant progress on a variety of fronts: influencing key policy-makers in favour of social enterprise, planning the next moves for Birmingham Social Enterprise City, publicising the news, events and services of Birmingham’s busy social enterprises, looking for new collaborations and partnerships that will help create opportunities for the sector and a positive environment for social enterprise.

But looking forward, it is clear that our emphasis for perhaps the foreseeable future will be on recovery planning and ensuring that social enterprise and the principles of trading for social purpose and social value are not forgotten in the rush to a ‘business as usual’ economic recovery.

Download the report

See all annual reports

‘A new life for the high street’ — report from the Social Market Foundation

Again, I’m indebted to David Alcock of Anthony Collins Solicitors on whose LinkedIn feed I saw mention of this.

The Social Market Foundation has just published an extremely interesting report called A new life for the high street.

Some will know that I have been trying to keep up with the reports, statements and documents now emerging that have something to say about long-term prospects and strategies for post-coronavirus recovery. This report by the SMF sells itself somewhat short, I think, if one goes only by the title. It sounds as if it couldn’t help but cover the same ground as the recent Bill Grimsey report that I covered in this post and this really isn’t the case.

To my mind, it does significantly more. It isn’t all that long and yet it manages to consider:

  • Repurposing of town and city centres — permanently reduced demand for retail and city centre office space could unlock massive house-building programmes.
  • Writing-off local government debt and increasing the borrowing levels under the Public Works Loans Board (PWLB) — making it possible for local councils to invest in community infrastructure and arrest urban decline.
  • The renaissance of the suburbs.
  • A permanent shift to home- and remote-working — but will this only widen inequalities for those whose accommodation is too small for successful home-working, those with families, those in lower-paid jobs and service industries not amenable to home-working?
  • The impact on social capital.
  • Permanent shrinkage of bricks-and-mortar retailing and service sector jobs with disproportionate impact on younger workers and women?
  • Poorer prospects for those ‘divorced’ from their offices?
  • A much more variable picture of the benefits of home-working and individual attitudes to homes-working than some of the headlines now in the media suggests.
  • New waves of entrenched, structural unemployment as some sectors — retailing, service industries, leisure and hospitality — permanently shrink?
  • Who handles the retraining and reskilling workloads?
  • Are Economic Growth Areas (EGAs) the answer?

 

As I have said in all the other posts, if you are simply trying to keep abreast of at least some of the relevant reports now coming out, or if you are assembling arguments as you try to influence post-coronavirus recovery plans, then this is well worth reading. I’ll be honest: I expected it to be pure boosterism for home-working and rise of the remote, digital white collar professional, but it is a far more nuanced take than that. It is also very well written.

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Birmingham City Council launches important public health survey to assess impact of Covid-19 on city’s residents

Birmingham City Council has launched an important public health survey aimed at gauging the personal impact of Covid-19 on Birmingham residents.

The survey asks about your background, your understanding and views regarding Covid-19 and the impact that lockdown measures have had on various aspects of your health and wellbeing, such as mental health, physical activity, employment and relationships. It should take about 15-30 minutes to complete.

The data collected through the survey is anonymous, so you cannot be identified from what you have said. BCC plans to publish the findings from the survey at a population rather than an individual level (for example in tables or graphs using summary results) and any quotes used from answers will remain anonymous.

This could be an important source of data in the city’s recovery planning.

READ MORE & COMPLETE THE SURVEY

Wales sets out plan to put social enterprise at the heart of Welsh economy and society

Social enterprises, support organisations and the Welsh government have worked together to produce a bold and ambitious vision for the sector in Wales. Transforming Wales through Social Enterprise, published by Wales Co-operative Centre, significantly raises the bar in terms of sector development goals and we can all learn from this well researched and clearly written document.

In 2020, the Welsh social enterprise sector has grown to more than 2,000 social enterprises employing 55,000 people and contributing over £3bn to the economy. By 2030, the report says, social enterprise will be the business model of choice for entrepreneurs delivering solutions to social, economic and environmental problems in Wales. And by working as a broad movement in ‘ethical alliances’ with other socially responsible businesses and organisations, social enterprises will be at the heart of a fairer, more prosperous and more sustainable Wales.

It clearly sets out the socio-economic problems Wales faces:

» Parts of Wales have levels of deprivation and inequality that are worse than the rest of the UK, with the added complexities of rural areas and former coalfields. Disabled people in particular are being denied the right to independent living. It has an ageing population.

» Workers on zero-hour contracts have been the worst affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

» The fourth industrial revolution — emerging digital technologies being deployed at unprecedented speed and scale — offers immense potential for good, but the Welsh government is also concerned that this could further widen inequalities, with automation substituting for labour.

» Wales, like the rest of the world, faces a climate emergency. 

» Many communities feel excluded and disenfranchised: local resources and assets — including language and culture — are under-valued.

» Forty years of economic planning based on the rule that ‘markets know best’ has concentrated wealth, ownership and power in the hands of small, self-serving economic elites.

» Health and wellbeing are declining.

» Wales sees the need to further strengthen and extend the role of social enterprises in public procurement, with the Well-being of Future Generations Act 2015  having somewhat similar aims to the UK Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012.

In describing these entrenched socio-economic inequalities, one could say much the same of the rest of the UK.

The difference here, however, is that the Welsh government sees social enterprise models as absolutely central in offering solutions to these systemic problems and the document sets out the case for social enterprise being at the heart of long-term Welsh recovery.

The document identifies nine key outcomes that should guide efforts to support and grow the social enterprise sector in Wales over the next decade:

  1. More people will choose to engage with social enterprises –- as customers, employees, volunteers or leaders.
  2. More people will choose a social enterprise model to start a new business.
  3. Policy makers will prioritise social enterprise solutions when considering how to address problems and will create conditions which help social enterprises to rebuild and thrive.
  4. Social enterprises will be better connected to each other and will speak with a more unified voice.
  5. Social enterprises will play a greater role in tackling the climate emergency and protecting the environment.
  6. Social enterprises will adopt Fair Work practices, pay the Living Wage and increase diversity amongst their employees and volunteers.
  7. Social enterprises will be better able to exploit digital technology for social good.
  8. The range and value of finance options tailored to the needs of social enterprises will multiply.
  9. Good quality specialist business support tailored to the needs of the sector will be available to everyone who needs it.

 

How familiar some of these goals are. And yet taken together this is as far-reaching a national commitment to a social enterprise future as we are likely to see. One might even say it offers a blueprint for a ‘social enterprise country’ — and that really does take the idea of ‘social enterprise places’ to the next level.

→ Read more on the Wales Co-operative Centre website and download full report.

Read more in Pioneers Post.

Free WiSE Wednesday webinar from iSE — Recovery, Innovation & Growth: 22nd July

 
iSE CIC announces the expert speaker for the next WiSE Wednesday webinar on Wednesday 22nd July 2020 at 10.00am. She is award-winning social entrepreneur Daniella Genas, founder of She’s The Boss and international speaker on innovation, motivation and growth, and Daniella will be speaking on Recovery, Innovation & Growth.
 
In this session, we learn more about real-time #socialenterprise  #innovation and #growth with Daniella — what it is, how to do it, learnt lessons, tapping in to your motivation and defining your pathway through enterprise recovery to ‘new world working’.
 
Topics include: obstacles as lessons for growth; innovation for growth; and strategies for growth.