No messing around: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

Slightly less glitz, glamour and razzmatazz in this week’s edition than usual – last week’s was too long and I also literally walked out of the office at 10.24pm last night so I’m a little tired and throwing this all together on Friday morning. Friday’s, of course, are all about doing as much as possible as quickly as possible so you can start focusing on the weekend.

So let’s get this done and start thinking about more important things…


Impact and Outcomes Matrix

I did warn you, no glitz or glamour. The Outcomes Matrix, developed by Big Society Capital, is a free interactive tool designed to help you plan and measure your outcomes. It ‘provides a useful starting point for you to consider the social impact that you are trying to deliver and how you will measure it’.

Find it here

SSE Training Survey

At least 75% of subscribers to this newsletter are yet to complete our 2019 Training Survey. Tut tut. What are you waiting for? It’s your opportunity to tell us the courses that you’d like to see us deliver over the next twelve months. According to the stats, it’s been taking 12 minutes on average to complete. Let’s say you live until 80 – if I’ve done the sums right it’s going to take up just 0.00002853881% of your time on earth to complete.

Which you can do here

Sources of Funding for Charities and Social Enterprises

Is the name of the next one day workshop we are running in London. Taking place next Thursday, ‘will leave the workshop with an understanding of the different income sources available to you, insight into what a range of funders are looking for and an action plan to develop new income streams’. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Book a place here

Job opportunities

SSE Dartington are looking for a Programme Administrator for their Accelerating Women’s Enterprise Programme. It’s a part time (30 hours) fixed term contract until July 2021 – if you are a highly organised, creative and energetic administrator then apply here by August 9th.

Meanwhile in London, our friends at Impact Hub Kings Cross are looking for a Financial and General Administrator. If you’re organised and love numbers and improving operational processes (who doesn’t?), check out the job description and apply here.

Trustee opportunities

SSE Fellow Jem Stein is recruiting a treasurer for The Bike Project, an award winning charity that matches up refugees and asylum seekers without the means or money to travel around the city, with the thousands of abandoned or unwanted bikes in and around London and Birmingham. The treasurer will support their growth as the current treasurer’s term comes to the end. Find out more here.

SSE Fellow Victoria Ijeh is looking for a Chair for her social enterprise Iconic Steps, which develops a growth mindset in young people so they can overcome barriers and take their first steps towards a career. ‘You should have excellent leadership qualities to step into the role of Chair, developing the Board and supporting the capacity of a small team doing big things, as it moves into the next stage of development’. Find out more here.

Five tips on starting a social enterprise, from Igniting Change in Lambeth

Our new programme, Igniting Change in Lambeth, is in full swing. The six-session learning programme supports individuals to develop their ideas for social enterprises tackling issues in Lambeth, South London.

Henna, SSE Central’s communications coordinator, went along to Impact Brixton to observe the second session of Igniting Change in Lambeth.

Discover what she learnt during the evening…

Action for Happiness @ Happy Startup Summercamp

On the weekend of 13-15 September this year, 150 changemakers will gather in the beautiful Sussex countryside for the 7th annual Happy Startup Summercamp. You’ll find inspiration all around, learn things you didn’t know about business (and life) and make incredible bonds with likeminded peers from around the world. And it’s not just for startups! Anyone that wants to make a positive dent in the world, and doesn’t want to do it alone is welcome…

Mention School of Social Entrepreneurs in your  application and you’ll be fast-tracked and get a £100+vat discount on a ticket for the weekend.

Find out more here

Business networking sessions across Suffolk and Norfolk

MENTA offer fuss-free business networking through our Coffee Means Business events, where all business sectors are welcome. Sponsored by Ensors, the events attract a wide demographic of business people. There is no need to book in advance – simply choose your networking location, date and time and pay £5pp on arrival.

Everything you need is here

DadFest 2019

Here’s a date for the diary. Join DadFest 2019 at Beeson, South Devon on September 13th – 15th – the only festival just for dad’s/male carers and their children. DadFest is also home to the Official World Dad Dancing Championships, featured on BBC The One Show in January 2018, as well as 5Live, Channel 5, BBC Spotlight and many other media outlets. The Dangerous Dad’s Network CIC is run by SSE Fellow Ian Blackwell and a social enterprise that supports each of the local dads groups around the country.

You can book tickets here

Cultivating Black Women for Social Change

Friend of SSE Palma Black is forming a socially conscious business which will support African Caribbean and Asian women who are trying to do something good in their communities, but are facing everyday challenges such as parenting, holding down jobs/unemployment, relationship breakdowns, mental health and dealing with grief.

To help get things going, Palma is conducting some research: she is seeking to engage with women who have made a success in establishing community projects, charities and social enterprises. She would like to hear about the personal and professional challenges that have had a negative impact on them and how they overcame them; what they did, who supported them and what made the difference.

Palma would like to conduct in-depth interviews with about 20 women, but will invite others to complete an online survey. It sounds really interesting – if you’d like to take part please email Palma:



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Live from the Broom Cupboard (but no Ed the Duck): Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

“How do you think of what to write in your newsletter each week?” is a question I frequently get asked (at least once a year). I’d love there to be some sophisticated answer but it essentially comes down to this:

  1. Has anything interesting and amusing happened in the office this week?
  2. Has anything interesting and amusing happened in the world this week?
  3. If the answer to 1 and 2 = no, then fall back onto a bit of nostalgia. Everyone loves nostalgia (the positive type, not the Brexity type).

You can see where we going with this. So without further ado, let’s get stuck into this week’s theme: 80s kids TV shows. Always a popular topic of conversation, and I’ve even included a link to the theme tune for each so you can get stuck down a Youtube rabbit hole for the rest of the day. Apologies in advance, I got a bit carried away so it’s quite long. Next week’s will focus on brevity…


Why don’t you?


The theme tune lyrics of Why Don’t You were ‘why don’t you just switch off your television set and go out and do something less boring instead?’. This was pretty sage advice; for the most part, TV was terrible back then. Only four channels and during the summer holidays one of them would be devoted pretty much entirely to cricket. I grew to love the sport through indoctrination; I’m pretty sure I spent more time growing up in the company of Richie Benaud than I did my own father.

Anyway, if you happen to find yourself a little bored later today (you will do, probably around 4.30pm) then why don’t you do something less boring instead and complete our 2019 training survey. It’s your opportunity to tell us about the training topics that you’d like to see us cover in the future. You could even win a £50 John Lewis voucher for taking part. Ooooooooooooooooh.

Complete the survey here

(If you want to be really helpful- once you’ve finished the survey click this link and it will post the survey to Twitter. We want as many replies as possible, so thank you!)

Jimbo and the Jet-set


According to Wikipedia, the premise of Jimbo and the Jet-set was ‘that Jimbo was originally intended to be a Jumbo Jet, but his designer could not tell the difference between inches and centimetres, resulting in his diminutive size’. The first episode was broadcast in 1985, whereas the metric system was adopted in 1965 so you’d really hope that a plane designer would have got his or her head around it by then.

Fortunately such design flaws don’t apply to the fleet of Virgin Atlantic, which is good news for SSE Fellow Cemal Ezel and his social enterprise Change Please. Change Please provide education programmes and barista training for homeless people and will now be providing the coffee on all Virgin Atlantic flights, adding to their existing relationship with Virgin Trains.

Read more here

Press Gang


A TV show that was focused around a school newspaper, which very much makes it of its time. Kids probably just do everything on Tiktok (I know the name, I don’t know what it does) and Snapchat these days.

Fortunately, SSE still has a strong focus on quality media production (this newsletter the exception, obviously) and my colleagues have been busy away writing this week. First our head of comms Sophie has been chatting to some of the participants on our Enterprise Learning programme to unearth three ideas for how homelessness charities can increase income.

Not to be outdone, comms assistant Henna has a Glastonbury inspired post looking at five music and performing-arts projects that are changing lives. All five of whom are mercifully free of a Chris Martin guest appearance.

Postman Pat


They are still showing this now, my three year old occasionally watches it. I think it’s actually a commentary on the strength of the Communication Workers Union, because there is no way that in most workplaces someone can be as incompetent as Pat would not get at least a verbal warning. Should Pat get his act together, he may realise that perhaps his future lies elsewhere:

  • He could apply to be SSE’s new Director of Programmes and Learning. We’re looking for someone motivated by the impact social entrepreneurs, community businesses and social sector leaders can have in tackling society’s biggest problems, and energised by the role that learning and support can play in helping bring about transformational social change. You can find out more here.
  • Or, he could become either a Freelance Chef or a Progression and Engagement Officer at social enterprise Fat Macy’s, who work with young Londoners living in temporary accommodation and train them as chefs. Details of both jobs are available here.
  • Perhaps a bit of volunteering would be good for Pat. SSE Fellow Amani Eke is looking for trustees for Project Yogi, a not-for-profit organisation that creates yoga, mindfulness and social emotional well-being based programmes, classes and workshops. They are based in London, find out more here.
  •  Or maybe Pat would prefer to support Open Briefing’s work in advancing the physical, digital and psychological security and resilience of at-risk human rights defenders and humanitarians. It’s a bit of a step up from doing the rounds in Greendale but you never know. Open Briefing have a number of voluntary positions on their advisory board, whether you are an experienced board member or wanting to take your first step at board level. Further details here.

Blue Peter


Any readers have a Blue Peter badge at all? Tweet us @schsocent if you do, bonus points if you have a picture with it. It’s looks like it’s actually quite a decent thing to have, you can get into all these places for free.

Of course, one of the things that Blue Peter is most famous for is its garden. Did the garden inspire SSE Fellow Rachel Summersdale? I can only speculate, but what I do know for certain is that Rachel is looking to raise £200,000 in a community share offer for the Hulme Community Garden Centre. It’s a chance ‘to invest in a unique Mancunian urban oasis, to drastically improve its facilities and to increase its positive social impact’. It looks cool – find out more here.

Similarly green-fingered is SSE Fellow Steve Williams of the OASIS Community Centre & Gardens in Worksop, Nottinghamshire. They’ve just had a crew from BBC Gardener’s World film for a segment on the difference that community gardens make to individuals and to a community – it’s being broadcast on BBC Two tonight on BBC Two. You find out more about Oasis here.

Junior Kickstart


This was absolutely brilliant. Without wanting to get all “it was much better in the old days” I really can’t imagine a production meeting suggesting a show with kids whizzing around on motorbikes without proper helmets getting very far these days.

Anyhow, if you have a social venture working within the education curriculum with a focus on employability – working with young people to access, thrive and progress in their careers – then the Young Academy would like to hear from you. Their free Accelerator programme offers workshops, coaching, mentoring and more. It could be just the kickstart that you need…

Find out more here

He Man and the Masters of the Universe


I struggled a bit with this one. Let me explain my thinking: there is a book called Chasing Goldman Sachs: How the Masters of the Universe Melted Wall Street Down…And Why They’ll Take Us to the Brink Again. Goldman Sachs are a bank. Banks provide financial products. Similarly, Fair4All Finance is an organisation that aims to increase access to fair, affordable and appropriate financial products and services.

And now, Fair4All Finance is inviting affordable credit providers to submit expressions of interest to participate in a pilot scale up programme during the summer of 2019.

Which you can do here

Byker Grove


“Alreet PJ lad, are you going the Social Enterprise Acumen Social Entrepreneurs Summer Social?”

“Where’s that Duncan man?”

“3pm – 6pm at the Old Rectory, Houghton Le Spring on Friday 19th July. It looks canny”

“Will there be scran and drink?”

“Why aye man”.

“Haddawaay PJ, I’m going then”.

Book your ticket here then man

Home and Away


You can do social innovation at home, you can do social innovation away. You can even do social innovation at the Møller Centre at the University of Cambridge; they are hosting a three day Leading Social Ventures seminar for chief executives of medium to large social enterprises who are managing and leading growth and striving for increased social impact.

The course takes place at the end of October and costs £3000+VAT.

You can find out more here.

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