Up since the crack of dawn: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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Greetings from Oxford. I’m a little grouchy today because I had to get up at about 6am to get here, and I do not do my best work when I get up at 6am. Still, I’m here for Marmalade, the sun is (just about) out and it’s Friday so things are looking up.

Enjoy your weekend – I’m going clubbing tomorrow, which at 36 years old I’m at least ten years too old to be doing…


Have you ever asked yourself ‘what can I learn from social return on investment?’ I know I have, many many times. If it’s been keeping you up at night as well, don’t worry, Alex Hayes has the answers.

If that’s whet your appetite and you want to know more, readers of Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You can now get a 10% discount on Social Value UK’s SROI Practitioner or Maximising Value training courses. There are courses up and down the country over the next few months – use the code SSE17 when making your booking to get the discount. The code will self-destruct on 1st June.

I’ve never really understood what a Freemason is beyond funny handshakes, although this could be because the only research I’ve done is watching the Stonecutters episode of the Simpsons. Anyway, the Masonic Charitable Foundation have opened applications to their Large Grants Programme. ¡Ay, caramba!

Remember when Theresa May was banging on about the ‘shared society’? Took me a while too. The boffins at Civil Exchange certainly remember though, as they have just published ‘A Shared Society? The independence of the voluntary sector in 2017‘. It’s an interesting read.

Our friends over at Unltd are working with Bates Wells Braithwaite to develop an online tool that entrepreneurs running limited companies can use to create company articles and governance that reflect their purpose. If you are an entrepreneur (social or otherwise) who who has set up or is in the process of setting up a business in the UK you can help them out by completing a short survey.

On Purpose have opened applications for their 2017 programme. If you fancy a career change, the scheme gives you the opportunity to work in two different placements for six months each on organisational priorities and be expected to quickly make a difference. Placement hosts are social enterprises, social divisions of for-profit companies or commercially-minded charities.

SSE Fellow Rebecca Wright and her organisation Your Own Place CIC have teamed up with Reality Estate Agency to prevent youth homelessness. Two of Reality’s estate agents will be taking part in the somewhat scary sounding Total Warrior race on Saturday 24th June in Leeds to raise money for The Tenancy Training Flat, which trains young people on some of the essentials of home living – how to cook a meal, read the electricity meter, meet the neighbours, learn to budget and be great tenants. (It sounds like something I should do). You can find out more and sponsor them here.

Huge congratulations to SSE Fellow Suzi Godson and her colleague Kerstyn Comley who won a Teach First Innovation Award last week for MeeToo, an app which acts as an early intervention to adolescent anxiety. Through the app, teenagers help each other, but experts guide every advice chain to ensure that all users get appropriate support, while inbuilt resources deliver information and education about personal and social issues.

Finally, I stumbled across ‘The Unusual Suspects Festival‘ this week, which takes place in London on 14th – 16th June. There are no ticket details yet (that I can find) but it certainly looks interesting. I’ll let you know when further details are released.

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