Good on you for being in the office the Friday before August bank holiday. Traditionally this week’s newsletter gets about 30% fewer people reading it than usual so I’m torn between putting in 30% effort than usual, because what’s the point, or putting in 30% more effort than usual to reward those of you who are actually taking the time to read it.
I’ll leave it to you to decide which I went for, but I should let you know before you make your mind up that I’m writing this while listening to All Day Rave on 6 Music and to be honest I’m paying more attention to that and wishing someone would reopen Turnmills.
Enjoy the long weekend…
Full steam ahead
This week’s news has a slight Brummie twang as it features a lot of news from the Midlands. (Londoners – this is your chance. Seize it. You now have an opportunity to email and complain that there isn’t enough London news in the newsletter.) Exciting times for our West Midlands school as they have announced a new partnership with West Midlands Trains, which will see them bring vacant rooms in station buildings back to use by creating spaces for social entrepreneurs to work from. We’ll keep you posted with how you can get involved.
Keeping you busy
SSE Fellow Asha Patel is recruiting a Business Development Manager for her organisation Innovating Minds, based in Birmingham and delivering bespoke therapeutic interventions, training and consultation. The successful applicant will work closely with the Asha to develop partnership opportunities, lead creation and sales progression. The job pays £25k – £30k.
Congrats to SSE Midlands Fellow Janet Gray of Feed My Creative, who has just won the Small Business Sunday awards set up by former Dragon, Theo Paphitis. (Former Dragon as in he used to be on Dragons’ Den. He didn’t used to be a literal dragon) Janet is also up for two Bex Live Awards, Female Entrepreneur of Colour and New Business of Colour.
Feed My Creative is a social enterprise which aims to bring out the creativity in young people and adults with an emphasis on sustainability.
Check out their website here
Jewel in the crown
Cartier are looking for innovative & impact-driven women-led businesses to enter the Women’s Initiative Awards, which has a top prize of $100,000 and fourteen second prizes of $30,000 along with a series of entrepreneurship workshops, knowledge sessions and networking events. You need to apply by August 31st.
Which you can do here
The wise ones
Also looking for laydeez are Pioneers Post and Natwest as they open applications to the Women in Social Enterprise 100, recognising 100 of the most inspiring and influential women in social enterprise. Nominations can be made until 2nd October.
Back to the Midlands, where SSE Fellow Tessa Morton and her organisation Act For Autism have released their first film, Autism Voices. It’s the work of twelve autistic students and has received acclaim from the BBC and will shortly be shown at the Golden Door film festival in New York.
Celebrate good times come on
Sticking with a film theme SSE Fellow Victoria Ijeh is hosting a Celebration Gala for her organisation Iconic Steps on September 5th. Iconic Steps is a social enterprise supporting young people aged 16-25 who need that extra bit of help, to acquire much needed skills, experience and confidence to increase their opportunities in entering the media industry. It’s free to attend and all are welcome!
Book a spot here
SSE Fellow Kathryn Kimbley is running an Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling course suitable for Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and other health professionals and students looking to add another string to their bow. The next course takes place in Telford over 22nd September, 20th October, and 24th November and is currently available at a discounted rate.
A super job opportunity with at social enterprise Franklins Scholars; CEO Jessica Barrett is stepping aside and is now recruiting for her replacement. The organisation runs year-long programmes that improve academic attainment for some of the most vulnerable young people. The role pays £40k – £55k and the deadline for applications is 26th September.
People are what make businesses prosper
Some chap called Wayne Huizenga said that. No idea who he is, I just googled ‘phrases with the word prosper in them’. Why? Because Social Investment Business have just launched Pioneer and Prosper, a two-year pilot programme that will support a small number of ambitious charities and social enterprises with a repayable grant and support to help them to increase their social impact, raise investment, grow their business and become more financially resilient.
Find out more here
Back to school
We’ve still got spaces on next week’s Handling Difficult Conversations course, at a discounted rate. It’s a seriously good course, with seriously impressive feedback from previous participants. Don’t miss this one.
Book your place
Peer to peer
Finally, SSE Fellow Nicky Forsythe has two free peer-counselling skill programmes workshops taking place in Islington in September and October. As well as developing skills in open talking; empathic listening and overcoming barriers and obstacles to real communication, participants have the opportunity to be part of a group where they can talk honestly and be accepted for who they really are.
You can find out more here
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What’s on at SSE:
- Handling Difficult Conversations, London, 31st Aug
- Replication and Social Franchising: North West, Liverpool, starts 6th Sep
- Sources of Funding for Charities and Social Enterprises, London, 10th Sep
- Start Up Intensive, Taunton, starts 12th Sep
- Finding New Customers and Making More Sales, London, 17th Sept