Hello there. Hasn’t a lot gone on since the last newsletter? Almost too much to cover, so I’m not going to bother. There are more important things to write about: it’s Friday, the sun is out and it’s going to be a hot and sunny weekend. London is going to be hotter than [insert any city that London happens to be hotter than at this time as if it is of any consequence whatsoever].
Before we all decamp to a beer garden though, here’s this week’s news.
“Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha” was my reaction to the General Election result. Others in the sector my have had something more sensible to say but come on, your reaction was the same as mine, wasn’t it? The election also means that we have a new Minister for the Civil Society, Tracey Crouch. All very interesting, but who cares?
Entries for the 2017 Guardian Public Service Awards and Public Servant of the Year are now open. The awards recognise ‘the very best teams and projects from central and local government, housing, health, social care and the voluntary sector’. The sales and marketing team at the School for Social Entrepreneurs are not expected to be troubling the judges.
Big funding news: Power to Change have opened applications to their Community Business Fund. Grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 are available to community businesses. “What’s a community business?” I can hear you ask. Well, they work to address a variety of social problems, from saving local shops to providing affordable housing, and they have four characteristics in common: they are locally rooted, accountable to the local community, they trade for the benefit of the local community and they have broad community impact. So there you go.
Year Here and Youth Funding Network have partnered for Crowdbacker 2017 on the evening of 29th June in London. It’s a live crowdfunding event designed as a platform for graduating Year Here fellows committed to growing a social venture to tackle some of society’s toughest problems. It’s £10 if you fancy going along.
SSE Fellow Tree Stewart and her organisation Sky High Arts CIC need your support for ‘Up, Up and Away’, a project that provides trapeze and mindfulness workshops to improve people’s physical and mental health across Cornwall. They are now looking for £5000 funding from Calor and need your votes to help get it. You can vote here.
Apparently the average UK worker spends 99,117 hours at work during their career, the equivalent of eleven and a half years. What a depressing thought for a Friday. If you’re going to spend that long at the coal face you may as well do it somewhere decent, so why not apply to be our new Finance Officer? It’s a fun place to work: the management are just about tolerable and after a recent meeting we no longer have to put our hand up if we want to go to the toilet. These things add up.
Not one, not two, not three but four SSE Fellows are also recruiting: Joel Davis and his organisation Tutors United provides affordable private tutoring to the children and families who need it most – they need an additional Programme Officer to help the organisation scale to reach 300 pupils across London and Cambridge. More details available here.
Meanwhile, Danielle Singer Moore looking for a Non Executive Director of Sales and a Non Executive Director of Infrastructure to join Project Embrace, a social enterprise which pioneers user-led innovations that support people with mental health conditions, to self-manage and recover.
In Birmingham, Martin Hogg wants to recruit board members not bored members for his organisation Citizen Coaching. Martin wants to hear from you regardless of your age, background or experience – it’s a super opportunity to join a board.
Finally, Greg Sanderson of Smart School Councils (a teacher-led charity that aims to help young people to become active, democratic citizens) is on the hunt for freelance trainers to deliver high quality and engaging teacher and student training. Details here.
Some SSE fellows in the news this week: Jem Stein and his organisation The Bike Project are featured in a new film by Channel 4 News and UNHCR (The UN refugee agency). It’s a good watch. Over in Ipswich, Josh Turner featured in ‘What if socks could change the world?‘, an article about a crowdfunding campaign that he is running for his organisation Stand4Socks.
Finally, next week’s Writing Successful Bids workshop is now sold out and our Working with Corporates workshop on July 7th is filling up fast. Book now to make sure you get a space!
What’s on at SSE:
- Sales Training Workshop, SSE Yorks, 19th June
- Writing Successful Bids, SSE London, 23rd June
- Working with Corporates, SSE London, 7th July
- Healthcheck Your Social Media Strategy, SSE London, 14th July
- Developing a Fundraising Strategy, SSE London, 18th July
- Measuring Social Impact, SSE London, 10th + 11th August