No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, it is a Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You on a Thursday. Because it’s kind of a Friday really isn’t it? Only a few hours until the best weekend of the year. Yep, I’m calling it, it’s better than Christmas. You try and sit in a pub garden at 7pm on Christmas Day and tell me how you get on. This time of year the days are long, the sun is (sometimes) out and you don’t have to spend all your money buying presents and all your time with your extended family. Perfect.
Whatever you are doing over the next four days, have a super Easter and see you next week.
Two eggcellent opportunities
I don’t know what your life goals are. I’m sorry. But if your ambitions include working as a National Programme Manager at the School for Social Entrepreneurs then I can help you to achieve them. I can’t take a very active role, but I can point you in the direction of the page on our website on which we are currently advertising the vacancy. The job pays £37,085 – £40,775 and the deadline to apply is 9am on Tuesday.
Or, if you’d rather work in the rather more beautiful setting of the Dartington estate near Totnes you could apply to be SSE Dartington’s new ERDF Operations Manager. It’s a part time fixed term role until December – you’ll take responsibility for financial and output reporting, claims processing and compliance during the final delivery and close down period of two ERDF funded programmes in 2019.
South by Southwest
Let’s stay in Dartington because there is a lot going on there. Learning manager Chloe Tingle has written ‘five steps to combat loneliness as a social entrepreneur‘ based on her own experiences running social enterprise No More Taboo.
The school also have three new programmes on offer:
- Trade Up Booster – Bristol for social entrepreneurs who are ready to trade up their organisation.
- Somerset Development Programme – a free Development programme taking place in Taunton between June and September 2019.
- Accelerating Womens Enterprise Programme – a new collaborative project to help women living in various regions either side of the English Channel to increase their personal skills and develop their business ideas and knowledge.
SSE Fellow Turly Humphreys had an excellent article written about her and her organisation Circle Collective on the Big Issue website this week. Circle Collective is a social enterprise breaking down the barriers preventing young people from entering employment and recently held its annual graduation event in Lewisham shopping centre. Over the past year, Circle Collective has over 180 young people into employment, and the event was a chance for them all to celebrate their success. All of these young people benefited from Circle’s ‘Get Employed’ programme, where they received 1:1 coaching, attended CV workshops and employability skills training and gained first-hand work experience shifts in Circle’s two streetwear stores.
Local news part one
Very much the ‘and now the news in your area’ part of the newsletter but only if your area happens to be south east London. Our nearby neighbours Southwark Council are developing the Southwark Pioneers Fund, ‘intended to increase inclusive growth by supporting the start-up and scale-up of commercial and social enterprises (including revenue-generating charities)’. They are looking to capture the views of organisations in the borough with up to 50 employees to help shape the fund.
Local news part two
If you are based in Southwark or Lambeth and your organisation is tackling childhood obesity or long-term health conditions you could be eligible for our new programme with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. On offer is a Match Trading grant of up to £10,000 and a learning programme for leaders; we’ll support you to increase your income from trading and become more impactful.
Local news part three
Non London readers stick with me, we’re going to head out of the capital soon. Londoners, here’s another one for you: creatives, community groups and placemakers are invited to the scoping session for a Creative Community Placemakers Network in Brixton on April 30th. The session is being run by social enterprise Global Urban Design who ‘aim to bring together Creatives, Communities and Placemakers over a programme of events to foster: skills and knowledge transfer, to build trust, foster relationship and provide community access to various specialists with an interest in empowering communities in Creative Placemaking, and together launch a Creative Community Placemakers Network’.
The Skoll World Forum took place in Oxford the other week and as usual faced some (perhaps justifiable) criticism that it’s too expensive / exclusive / doesn’t involve enough social entrepreneurs. So it’s good to see that they are going to be making a whole load of the content available online for free – ‘you’ll hear from visionary leaders across sectors, social entrepreneurs, innovators, and creatives on what it takes to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems’.
Four letter word
Nothing quite says ‘right it’s a four day weekend so let’s get this party started’ like the acronym ‘GDPR’. The mere mention is usually enough to lead to an outbreak of spontaneous singing and dancing at SSE HQ. So you can imagine the carnival like atmosphere when we realised that then Institute of Fundraising had published ‘GDPR: what we didn’t know last year’, a refreshed version of their GDPR guidance for charities.
What are you up to on Thursday 9th May? We need your help. Come and join us for the very first Vision Pitch Event for the Future Communities Programme, supported by Linklaters and hosted at their HQ We are looking for change makers, influencers and anyone who can offer their support to help change someone’s future in 3 minutes; we aren’t asking for your money but something arguably more valuable…your time, networks and expertise to help us give these individuals the opportunity to create a lasting impact. If you enjoy taking action and helping others succeed then this is for you. It should be a really fun evening.
A laughing matter
Every year SSE Fellow Jem Stein organises Jokes and Spokes, a comedy fundraiser for his social enterprise The Bike Project, and every year the line up gets better and better. On June 11th you can treat yourself to sets from Ed Byrne, Nish Kumar, Jen Brister and Deborah Frances-White. The event takes place at the Union Chapel in Islington.
Last but not least
Finally, social enterprise Fat Macy’s are looking for a Marketing and Business Development officer to shape the vision of the Fat Macy’s business. Fat Macy’s trains aspiring chefs to serve up food with heart, creating a recipe that helps young
Londoners make the journey from hostel to home. It’s a part time role (1-2 days per week).