Yesterday was A-level results day, a day which gives middle-aged people a fantastic opportunity to patronise the youth. “I only got a C in Geography and an E in General Studies, but now I run an international art dealership, live in a mansion in Notting Hill and holiday in the Maldives” – that sort of thing. You never hear from someone who failed all their A-levels and now works in a dead end job that they hate do you? Funny that.
Anyway, my top piece of advice for anyone reading this who messed up their exams: just make the results up. 99.99% of employers will never check. 4 A’s at A-level and a double first from Balliol College Oxford? Go for it. Come and work at SSE (details below) – they didn’t even take references when I started. I think they’ve tightened up since that mistake though.
Enough prattle for now. I’m not sure if there will be an edition next week, I’m off to the 1930s America on holiday for a couple of weeks.
Enjoy the news…
Earlier this week I sent an email about our Negotiating Difficult Conversations course which contained a deliberate mistake to test whether you were paying attention or not (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it). The course takes place on 18th September, not 14th September. Well done to Steve at Community Southwark who was the only person to notice! Glad that at least one person reads this…
Funding news: People’s Postcode Lottery have three funding pots with a value of £4 million for for projects tacking poverty or supporting human rights, wildlife or recreation.
Meanwhile, the Kusuma Trust are offering grants of up to £10,000 for charities that enable disadvantaged young people to have more opportunities in education or employment.
Right then, those job opportunities at SSE. We’re after a Learning Facilitator in Liverpool and two Development Managers and a Strategic Project Manager in London. All the details here. You should work at SSE because *consults notes to see what they want me to say* it’s a fantastic opportunity to work for the finest, most enlightened and best looking management team in the third sector. OK. We also have drinks at 4pm on a Friday if you want a proper reason.
Some SSE Fellows are recruiting too: Peer Power, a social enterprise set up by SSE Fellow Anne-Marie Douglas, are looking for a part-time Office Manager, a part-time Youth Engagement Officer and three Peer Leaders. All the roles are based in London. Peer Power support the most vulnerable children and young people in society.
In Birmingham, SSE Fellow Martin Hogg is looking for full and part time qualified CBT counsellors to join his organisation Citizen Coaching. Citizen Coaching is an established social enterprise with 12 years’ experience of delivering high quality counselling and personal development services to adults and young people.
Also recruiting are the Breadwinners Foundation with a very interesting vacancy: they want a social entrepreneur with a passion for start ups, artisan bread and supporting refugees in London, to run the charity and take it to the next level. Read more here, or for an informal chat about the role, email email@example.com.
Here’s something a little different. Alessandra Incerti and Francesco Zaccaria have set up ABCity.org and plan to travel from London to Yangon in Myamaar visiting social enterprises across Asia along the way. They would love to hear from potential partners (financial, technical, media partners) and for mentors (people experts in design and/or social impact who would be keen to support social enterprises in Asia). Check out their website and details of the journey and contact Alessandra (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’d like to know more or if you can help out.
A rare opportunity for good value office space in central London: SSE Fellow James Adeleke has desks available in Convent Garden for £99 including wifi and coffee. I’ve seen pictures of the space and it looks lovely!
SSE Dartington are running a three day intensive for start up social entrepreneurs in Bristol and Plymouth this September. It’s open to anyone with a social enterprise idea and will cover topics such as business planning, identifying your customers and measuring your social impact. The programme is part funded by the ERDF.
Question: How many ways are there to improve the Social Value Act?
Access’ Ed Anderton is currently doing a secondment with London First and doing some work around autonomous vehicles (ones without a driver) and is looking to conduct some focus groups on the issue. Ideal participants could be part of a community group with particular transport needs e.g. wheelchair users, or parents of children with reduced mobility but, more broadly, the brief is to test out people’s attitudes to/understanding of autonomous vehicles, and explore the implications of the technology on their immediate environment. If you’d like to take part in the research contact email@example.com.
SSE Fellow and founder of Out of the Box Caroline Stevens is currently taking part in the Big Christmas Challenge and needs your support! OOTBox is an up-cycling project working with vulnerable women to increase skills and employability and need to raise funds to refit their workshop in Blackbird Leys, Oxford. Further details here. (If you’re feeling particularly generous, they are looking for people who will pledge a minimum of £100 to act as match funding…)
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What’s on at SSE:
- How to Create an Authentic Mission-Led Brand, London, 8th Sep
- Crowdfunding for Charities and Social Enterprises, London, 14th Sep
- Fundraising Webinar Series, starts 14th September
- Negotiating Difficult Conversations, London, 18th Sep
- Measuring Social Impact and Social Value, York, 21st -22nd Sep
- Finding New Customers And Making More Sales, London, 25th Sep