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Yawning. Again and Again and Again: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

Some week that has been. Have you been enjoying the heatwave? It turns out that a night time temperature of 28°C is not hugely conducive to a great night’s sleep and I’m struggling to keep my eyes open today (Thursday) – please excuse spelling mistakes, grammatical shortcomings and broken links. I don’t think I’ve ever been so grateful for overcast, cool and breezy weather!

Some good stuff in this week’s news, enjoy and have a cracking weekend.


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Basking in the sunshine: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

Hello there. Hasn’t a lot gone on since the last newsletter? Almost too much to cover, so I’m not going to bother. There are more important things to write about: it’s Friday, the sun is out and it’s going to be a hot and sunny weekend. London is going to be hotter than [insert any city that London happens to be hotter than at this time as if it is of any consequence whatsoever].

Before we all decamp to a beer garden though, here’s this week’s news.


“Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha” was my reaction to the General Election result. Others in the sector my have had something more sensible to say but come on, your reaction was the same as mine, wasn’t it? The election also means that we have a new Minister for the Civil Society, Tracey Crouch. All very interesting, but who cares?

Entries for the 2017 Guardian Public Service Awards and Public Servant of the Year are now open. The awards recognise ‘the very best teams and projects from central and local government, housing, health, social care and the voluntary sector’. The sales and marketing team at the School for Social Entrepreneurs are not expected to be troubling the judges.

Big funding news: Power to Change have opened applications to their Community Business Fund. Grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 are available to community businesses. “What’s a community business?” I can hear you ask. Well, they work to address a variety of social problems, from saving local shops to providing affordable housing, and they have four characteristics in common: they are locally rooted, accountable to the local community, they trade for the benefit of the local community and they have broad community impact. So there you go.

Year Here and Youth Funding Network have partnered for Crowdbacker 2017 on the evening of 29th June in London. It’s a live crowdfunding event designed as a platform for graduating Year Here fellows committed to growing a social venture to tackle some of society’s toughest problems. It’s £10 if you fancy going along.

SSE Fellow Tree Stewart and her organisation Sky High Arts CIC need your support for ‘Up, Up and Away’, a project that provides trapeze and mindfulness workshops to improve people’s physical and mental health across Cornwall. They are now looking for £5000 funding from Calor and need your votes to help get it. You can vote here.

Apparently the average UK worker spends 99,117 hours at work during their career, the equivalent of eleven and a half years. What a depressing thought for a Friday. If you’re going to spend that long at the coal face you may as well do it somewhere decent, so why not apply to be our new Finance Officer? It’s a fun place to work: the management are just about tolerable and after a recent meeting we no longer have to put our hand up if we want to go to the toilet. These things add up.

Not one, not two, not three but four SSE Fellows are also recruiting: Joel Davis and his organisation Tutors United provides affordable private tutoring to the children and families who need it most – they need an additional Programme Officer to help the organisation scale to reach 300 pupils across London and Cambridge. More details available here.

Meanwhile, Danielle Singer Moore looking for a Non Executive Director of Sales and a Non Executive Director of Infrastructure to join Project Embrace, a social enterprise which pioneers user-led innovations that support people with mental health conditions, to self-manage and recover.

In Birmingham, Martin Hogg wants to recruit board members not bored members for his organisation Citizen Coaching. Martin wants to hear from you regardless of your age, background or experience – it’s a super opportunity to join a board.

Finally, Greg Sanderson of Smart School Councils (a teacher-led charity that aims to help young people to become active, democratic citizens) is on the hunt for freelance trainers to deliver high quality and engaging teacher and student training. Details here.

Some SSE fellows in the news this week: Jem Stein and his organisation The Bike Project are featured in a new film by Channel 4 News and UNHCR (The UN refugee agency). It’s a good watch. Over in Ipswich, Josh Turner featured in ‘What if socks could change the world?‘, an article about a crowdfunding campaign that he is running for his organisation Stand4Socks.

Finally, next week’s Writing Successful Bids workshop is now sold out and our Working with Corporates workshop on July 7th is filling up fast. Book now to make sure you get a space!

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Heading to the seaside: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

A short(ish) HIGSENFY this week – I’m off to Poole for a few days and have an absolute shedload of work to get through before that. I do occasionally do some work you know. I’m also on a training course next Thursday and Friday so there may not be an edition next Friday – it could be the first day under a new Prime Minister…

Have a great weekend, here’s hoping that there is some sunshine.


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Staying positive: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

The world is a pretty dark place at times. Events in Manchester on Monday demonstrated the depths to which the human race can sink. The mind can’t begin to comprehend what drives someone to do something like that. Predictably, the gutter press and imbeciles like Katie Hopkins then try to dominate the response to try and push their agenda of division and hate. It’s all a bit bleak.

But you know what? Most of us are alright. We’re not perfect, but we go about our business each day, try and help people where we can and look out for one another. And that’s worth remembering; one of the reasons I enjoy writing this newsletter each week is that each story is a little vignette of something positive – good people, doing good things. Long may it remain so…


A while back I mentioned the Unusual Suspects Festival which is taking place in London on 14th – 16th June. The programme has been announced and you can now register for tickets. The three days will explore ‘what happens when social innovation meets collaboration and how together we can meet some of society’s most pressing challenges.’

Clothing company Patagonia is offering grants of up to $12,000 to environmental organisations that ‘that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change’. Applications to the European tranche of funding are open until June 30th.

SSE Fellow Marie Osborne is running a share offer for her organisation Future Wolverton. The money will pay for the redevelopment and refurbishment of the Old School, a Grade 2 listed building and create a community hub and guest house facility run by 6th form students from Slated Row School, a school for children and young people with moderate to severe learning difficulties. If you’d like to invest, you’ll qualify for Social Enterprise Tax Relief.

Not one, not two, but three awards for you to enter this week. Social Enterprise UK have thirteen categories this year and will be closing applications on 7th July. Social Enterprise Scotland will be closing applications to their awards on 10th July. Finally, our friends at Blue Patch are looking for exciting and interesting entrepreneurs and businesses across the British Isles to enter their Business Awards – make sure that you apply by 24th July.

Charities and community groups in Coventry, Solihull, Warwickshire, Birmingham and the Black Country can apply for a grant from the Wesleyan Foundation. The grants will be focused on organisations that promote or improve health, education, innovation or social development.

SSE Fellow Whitney Iles has written a great blog on things to consider when starting up a social enterprise. There are some very useful pieces of advice in there.

Local Trust are carrying out a piece of research to understand how communities become more empowered and vibrant in the next ten years. They are keen to gather a wide range of views about the future of communities; individuals, organisations, public services and community groups can all take part – further details here.

SSE Fellow Marie Yates and her colleague Chris Kent have launched CPD Academy, a new venture supporting people who want to develop a social enterprise working with dogs. They’ve also published a book on the subject: The Power Of The Human-Canine Bond; Turning Your Passion Into A Business.

Social enterprise Voice Over are piloting Connected, a new video-link interpreting service and are looking for 12 organisations to take part in the pilot. The service costs £29.50+ VAT per hour and organisations taking part in the pilot will not have to pay any subscription charges for the first year. Connected will suit organisations with clients or staff in remote locations, or who avoid using interpreters because of the costs involved. Email Zahra – – for further information.

Finally, a useful new resource. Charity Catalogue is a collection of online tools that can be accessed by not for profits at a discounted rate. There are tools for email marketing, social media, volunteering and donation processing among others.

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Still online: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

The big news over the last seven days has been the ‘Wannacry’ ransomware attack that took place at the end of last week and over the weekend, making millions of computers unusable. “Cyber chaos to grow as employees log in on Monday” proclaimed the news. “Cyber attack could last days” it warned. Fantastic, I thought. SSE is an international organisation, surely we’re going to be hit. I won’t have to do any work this week. I strode into work on Monday, eagerly fired up my computer and…nothing. Everything working fine.

I’ve been frantically clicking every spammy link I can to try and trigger an attack, but to no avail. So, reluctantly, here’s this week’s newsletter and if you need any viagra or want to learn how to make thousands of dollars working from home, I’m your man…


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