Featuring solid gold career advice: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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Yesterday was A-level results day, a day which gives middle-aged people a fantastic opportunity to patronise the youth. “I only got a C in Geography and an E in General Studies, but now I run an international art dealership, live in a mansion in Notting Hill and holiday in the Maldives” – that sort of thing. You never hear from someone who failed all their A-levels and now works in a dead end job that they hate do you? Funny that.

Anyway, my top piece of advice for anyone reading this who messed up their exams: just make the results up. 99.99% of employers will never check. 4 A’s at A-level and a double first from Balliol College Oxford? Go for it. Come and work at SSE (details below) – they didn’t even take references when I started. I think they’ve tightened up since that mistake though.

Enough prattle for now. I’m not sure if there will be an edition next week, I’m off to the 1930s America on holiday for a couple of weeks.

Enjoy the news…

@davemcglashan


Earlier this week I sent an email about our Negotiating Difficult Conversations course which contained a deliberate mistake to test whether you were paying attention or not (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it). The course takes place on 18th September, not 14th September. Well done to Steve at Community Southwark who was the only person to notice! Glad that at least one person reads this…


Funding news: People’s Postcode Lottery have three funding pots with a value of £4 million for for projects tacking poverty or supporting human rights, wildlife or recreation.

Meanwhile, the Kusuma Trust are offering grants of up to £10,000 for charities that enable disadvantaged young people to have more opportunities in education or employment.


Right then, those job opportunities at SSE. We’re after a Learning Facilitator in Liverpool and two Development Managers and a Strategic Project Manager in London. All the details here. You should work at SSE because *consults notes to see what they want me to say* it’s a fantastic opportunity to work for the finest, most enlightened and best looking management team in the third sector. OK. We also have drinks at 4pm on a Friday if you want a proper reason.


Some SSE Fellows are recruiting too: Peer Power, a social enterprise set up by SSE Fellow Anne-Marie Douglas, are looking for a part-time Office Manager, a part-time Youth Engagement Officer and three Peer Leaders. All the roles are based in London. Peer Power support the most vulnerable children and young people in society.

In Birmingham, SSE Fellow Martin Hogg is looking for full and part time qualified CBT counsellors to join his organisation Citizen Coaching. Citizen Coaching is an established social enterprise with 12 years’ experience of delivering high quality counselling and personal development services to adults and young people.

Also recruiting are the Breadwinners Foundation with a very interesting vacancy: they want a social entrepreneur with a passion for start ups, artisan bread and supporting refugees in London, to run the charity and take it to the next level. Read more here, or for an informal chat about the role, email marika@breadwinners.org.uk.


Here’s something a little different. Alessandra Incerti and Francesco Zaccaria have set up ABCity.org and plan to travel from London to Yangon in Myamaar visiting social enterprises across Asia along the way. They would love to hear from potential partners (financial, technical, media partners) and for mentors (people experts in design and/or social impact who would be keen to support social enterprises in Asia). Check out their website and details of the journey and contact Alessandra (af@abcity.org) if you’d like to know more or if you can help out.


A rare opportunity for good value office space in central London: SSE Fellow James Adeleke has desks available in Convent Garden for £99 including wifi and coffee. I’ve seen pictures of the space and it looks lovely!


SSE Dartington are running a three day intensive for start up social entrepreneurs in Bristol and Plymouth this September. It’s open to anyone with a social enterprise idea and will cover topics such as business planning, identifying your customers and measuring your social impact. The programme is part funded by the ERDF.


Question: How many ways are there to improve the Social Value Act?

Answer: Seven.


Access’ Ed Anderton is currently doing a secondment with London First and doing some work around autonomous vehicles (ones without a driver) and is looking to conduct some focus groups on the issue. Ideal participants could be part of a community group with particular transport needs e.g. wheelchair users, or parents of children with reduced mobility but, more broadly, the brief is to test out people’s attitudes to/understanding of autonomous vehicles, and explore the implications of the technology on their immediate environment. If you’d like to take part in the research contact ed.anderton@access-si.org.uk.


SSE Fellow and founder of Out of the Box Caroline Stevens is currently taking part in the Big Christmas Challenge and needs your support! OOTBox is an up-cycling project working with vulnerable women to increase skills and employability and need to raise funds to refit their workshop in Blackbird Leys, Oxford. Further details here. (If you’re feeling particularly generous, they are looking for people who will pledge a minimum of £100 to act as match funding…)


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Working harder than should be necessary: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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A somewhat truncated HIGSENFY this week – I’m going on holiday at the end of next week and I’ve got a mountain of work to get through before I go. In fact, if you could book onto one of the following courses before next Friday you’d be doing me an enormous favour and it would mean me not having to check my emails too often while I’m away:

Thanks in advance – look forward to seeing all 6600 of you in September. Enjoy this week’s news, I’m off to procrastinate about where to start…

@davemcglashan

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Fashionably late: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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I’ve had a bit of an odd week. Tuesday and Wednesday I was hit by a 48 hour (!!) migraine so I’m a little behind with everything I should have done this week. I’m now getting demanding emails from our comms team asking me where the newsletter is. Chill out comms team, it’s Friday. As an American diplomat named Richard Holbrooke once said “You can’t let the deadline define the mission. The mission has to define the deadline”. So there.

Enjoy this week’s news and have a great weekend.

@davemcglashan

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Phew. There is some news: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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On Wednesday afternoon I was staring down a barrel. I had precisely zero stories for this week’s newsletter. That’s never happened before. What is a newsletter without news? Just a letter I guess, and I haven’t written one of those since the 90s. But we’re not living in the 90s any more so I was able to put a shout out on Twitter for contributions. I could call it co-creation or crowdsourcing or something equally fancy like that, but that would suggest that it wasn’t just a desperate throw of the dice, which it was.

Luckily some great stuff came back – it’s a real box of curios.

@davemcglashan

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Not watching the golf: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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You’d rather be watching the golf than reading this wouldn’t you? You can admit it. I’d certainly rather be watching the golf than writing it. But needs must and I haven’t yet found a way to include watching golf in my job description (I’m working on it though, believe me).

For now though, I’m bunkered down in the office which means that I’m sending you this instead. Fore!

@davemcglashan

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