Well now. An afternoon edition. The difference in scheduling is of course because I’ve been busy, and definitely not because I’ve had half an ear on the cricket this morning and been slightly distracted. This is a workplace after all (but what a morning from England!). But enough of that, because I’m officially declaring that now is the start of the weekend. Read this and then stop what you are doing, pour yourself a cold drink and get outside and enjoy the sunshine (or stay in and watch the cricket). If anyone asks tell them that I said it’s ok…
There’s some useful stuff in this week’s news, enjoy!
- There’s still time to book a place on our Kickstart Your Social Media Strategy course taking place next Saturday. Readers of Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You are entitled to a £50 discount, but make sure that you email me to get a discounted place because we haven’t worked out how to make our website to do it yet.
- If one discount isn’t enough for you, how about another? SSE student Andy Goldring is hosting the International Permaculture Conference in September, showcasing how eco-design can contribute to creating a sustainable and socially just future for all. Use the code SSEIPCUK for £30 off the standard individual ticket.
- Media Trust have teamed up with Yahoo (for younger readers, they were the first Google) to offer free communications support to charities. Applications need to be in by 5pm today so get cracking if you are interested.
- Time to get the tree out and start stockpiling mince pies and sherry because it’s only 167 days until Christmas. It also means that applications for the Big Give Christmas Challenge are open. Last year £11.2 million was raised for the 367 charities involved.
- In other funding news, there are loads of opportunities available from the European Social Fund and Big Lottery as part of the Building Better Opportunities programme. This page has a handy map which will give you details of what’s available in your area.
- This year sees the ten year anniversary of the introduction of the Community Interest Company and to mark the occasion the Centre for Law and Enterprise at the University of Bristol Law School are hosting an event on July 16th looking back over the past ten years and looking at the ongoing challenges. It’s free to attend but you need to register.
- Social Enterprise UK have extended the application period for the Social Enterprise Awards 2015 until Friday 17th July, so you’ve got a week left if you’d like to enter for an award. There are 12 categories available to enter.
- A really interesting looking event from Action for Happiness in London on July 22nd: ‘Living Danishly: Why are Danes so happy and what can we learn from them?‘ The evening features a talk from journalist and author Helen Russell, who will be examining what it is that keeps Denmark towards the top of the global happiness rankings. (I put it down to the bacon).
- “Marketing is fundamental to the success of a social enterprise” writes Lee Mannion on Pioneers Post. As someone whose role involves a lot of marketing, I’d agree with that.”It might not be the sexiest part of the job, but social entrepreneurs putting off examining their marketing approach risk lessening their impact” he continues. As someone whose role involves a lot of marketing, I’d disagree with that. It is the sexiest part of the job.
Have a good week!