This week the SSE Network Away Day is taking place in Bradford, which means that we have been without any senior managers here in London since Wednesday. Without any authority figures to tell us underlings what to do, we turned to the internet and made a poll on Twitter. 74% of respondents thought we should have a massive party. So we’re having one, and you’re invited…
Let’s start with a round of everyone’s favourite game, musical chairs. You know the rules, sit down when the music stops…bum de dum de dum de dum… What’s this? Unltd’s CEO Cliff Prior has sat in the chair marked ‘Big Society Capital’, leaving his seat at Unltd vacant. Are you going to take it? The seat marked ‘Project Director, Bromley-by-Bow Centre‘ is also currently looking for someone to sit on it. Hurry, or you’ll get left out!
Do you know anyone else here? Let me to introduce you to some of the other guests. Look, here’s SSE Fellow Yvonne Farquharson, managing director of Breathe Arts Health Research. Yvonne can tell you all about the development of Breathe as a social enterprise since they spun out of Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Charity in 2012.
Come and meet another SSE Fellow, Greygory Vass. Greygory is co-director of Open Barbers and has just been voted one of the 101 most influential lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Britain.
Have you started doing your Christmas shopping yet, by the way? No, me neither, it’s only November and I’m more of a “Oh god it’s Christmas Eve and I need to get everything” kind of person. But this year I’m going to be taking a look at ethical online marketplace This Because and see if I can change that. For London based readers, they’ll be popping up in Brixton between 30th November and 6th December.
Now, I know this is a party and it’s bad form to talk shop but we’ve still got some places on our Writing Successful Bids workshop on December 4th. Are you able to make it? Let me know if you can by visiting this page on our website and filling in the form. (You can also read some tips on bid writing in the resources section of our website).
Help yourself to a vol-au-vent. No, I didn’t know how to spell that either. Apparently it means ‘windblown’ in French (they are very light, you see). But enough of that. How’s work going? I read an interesting article the other day about company culture, and how you should ‘build the company you want to work for‘.
Uh-oh. The SSE staff are getting a bit rowdy and have turned the sound-system up. I might have to pull the plug out. Speaking of plugs (and electricity?), have I told you about Community Energy Merseyside? No? It’s a scheme set up by SSE Fellow Jerry Spencer which hopes to install 100kWp of solar panels on community buildings in Liverpool, helping them to beat rising energy prices. They have launched a community share offer (details here) or you can back them through their crowdfunding campaign.
Ooh, quick, it’s time for the raffle. The theme is ‘Impact Readiness‘ and the prizes are being put up by Social Investment Business. You could win a grant of between £25,000 and £100,000 to ‘build infrastructure and skills required to manage [your organisation’s] performance, increase social impact, and attract social investment / win contracts’. Sure beats a box of Quality Street or some bath bombs.
Right, I’m tired. Time to go home I think. What’s that? You want to keep on partying? I can’t keep up with you. I’ve got two options though: head down to Croydon this Sunday for A Celebration of Life: A Night of Spoken Word & Music, a fundraiser for SSE student Tracey Ford’s organisation JAGS Foundation. Then on Wednesday 2nd December get yourself to RSA Engage: Collaboration in Action, featuring our comms manager Leonie Jarrett. If you give her enough wine she may even do a rap.
Coming up at SSE
- An Introduction to Measuring Social Impact, SSE Yorks, 24th Nov
- Sources of Funding, SSE London, 27th November
- Writing Successful Bids, SSE London, 4th December
- Kickstart Your Social Media Strategy, SSE London, 21st January
- Crowdfunding for Social Enterprises, SSE London, 27th January
- An Introduction to Legal Structures, SSE London, 28th January