In what is a first for this newsletter, it’s being written while I’m outside. I’ll be honest, it’s not quite as good as I imagined that it would be. I thought it would revolutionise my workday. I had visions of home made lemonade, a cool breeze and perhaps a friendly conversation with my neighbour.
The whole experience is actually extremely underwhelming. The glare from the sun makes it almost impossible to see what I’m writing on the screen, it’s far too hot and I’m being menaced by an overly aggressive bee. I’ve never made lemonade so I don’t know where that was magically going to appear from; I’d probably just end up getting stung by the bee when trying to drink it so it’s probably a good thing on balance.
Enjoy the news…
Aviva have reopened their Community Fund to include applications for projects that enable causes to adapt or continue their vital services by covering core running costs, so they can help their beneficiaries and communities during the current pandemic. Applications are open until 28th July. Details here.
The Do-Gooders have launched a campaign inspired by the Get shopping here.movement, with the aim to shed light on UK based, black-owned, and black-managed sustainable businesses. An online directory allows you to use your purchasing power to show your support to black-owned sustainable, local, and independent businesses.
Our Digital Marketing and Press for Charities and Social Enterprises next week proved to be so popular that it’s now sold out (boooooooooo). But if you’ve missed out, never fear because we’ve scheduled in extra dates for July and September (yaaaaaaaaaay). You can book a place here.
We’re partnering with Lime Green Consulting for a briefing on fundraising during Covid-19 on 10th July. For this weekend only, readers of Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You can book a discounted place for just £40. You need to book your place by Tuesday.
Spring Impact’s Scale Accelerator is now accepting applications from UK based charities and social enterprises that have been operating for more than two years that are now looking to scale their impact. On offer is £30,000 worth of consultancy support. Apply by 12th July.
June is Pride Month and my colleague Henna has been chatting to LGBTQ+ members of the SSE community about barriers they’ve faced in the social enterprise sector and beyond due to their gender identity and sexuality. You can read her findings here.
At some point (hopefully in the near future) we’ll be able to emerge from our cocoons and head back to the office. Ahead of this, PwC are running a free ‘Navigating the release from lockdown’ legal workshop‘ on Tuesday 30th June from 9:30-11:00. the workshop will cover the legal issues arising around returning employees to the workplace, including managing health and safety. You need to sign up today if you’d like to attend.
Edventure is award-winning social enterprise based in Frome, Somerset, founded by SSE Fellow Johannes Moeller. They are looking for a team entrepreneurship facilitator & trainer with experience in course management and social enterprise to deliver and grow a 10-week flagship course in community entrepreneurship. Teams of students on this course set up social enterprises projects to tackle local problems. The role pays £25k pro rata over 18 hours a week and is based in Frome. Apply by July 26th.
Edventure are also looking for students to take part in the aforementioned programme. Students will be guided through the basics of setting up a social enterprise, build a community around the idea, carry out research and design a business model based on this research. Anyone aged between 18-35 can apply, the course starts on 7th September and will be in Frome. Further details here.
Finally, we’re going fundraising heavy next month. We’ve got a workshops on Developing a Fundraising Strategy on 8th July, An Introduction to Sources of Funding for Charities and Social Enterprises on 10th July and Fundraising from Trusts and Foundations on 15th July.