Motoring into the weekend: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

Right, here we are then. Another Friday rolls around. It’s been a fairly quiet week for me – the main point of excitement was when I took my car to be serviced this morning. I only learned to drive last year and know absolutely nothing about cars so it was something of an alien experience for me. “Know where your locking nuts are?” asked the mechanic. This was the first time I’d ever heard the phrase locking nuts, so it sent me into something of a panic. “Got your service book?”  Possibly, was the answer to this one, because I’d certainly never taken it out of the car and I assume that’s where it would be. At least I didn’t crash on the way in, so that’s something.

I’ll provide an update to how many millions of pounds I get fleeced for (they could literally tell me anything), but I’m afraid you’ll have to wait a while as I’m on annual leave for a couple of weeks.

Enjoy the news and I’ll see you later in July.


‘As lockdown begins to ease and sections of the economy cautiously re-open, it’s time for funders to assess where their money can do most good’ writes my colleague Francis in a blog suggesting how funders can best support charities and social enterprises in the next phase of the crisis. You can read more here.


Have you checked out free webinar series, Recover & Rebuild? SSE is sharing expert knowledge and insight from across our network to help you to build back from this crisis. The next one is on social media marketing, on Tuesday 7th July at 1pm (UK time) – register now. We’ve also shared recordings of previous webinars on managing cashflow in a crisis, impact measurement, managing wellbeing & avoiding burnout, and running a crowdfunding campaign. You’ll hear from SSE fellows and friends who’ve been there and done that. Explore the series now.


Charities and social enterprises across Merseyside, North Wales and Cheshire west of M6 can apply for emergency funding from the Steve Morgan Foundation, which will distribute up to £1m per week until the end of September. Applications are being assessed on an ongoing basis.


Congratulations are in order to SSE Fellow Bela Emerson, who was recently given a Brighton & Hove City Council Covid19 Community Champion award. Bela is also running ‘Community Music Practice: Working with People Living with Dementia’, an online music and dementia course through Goldsmiths University this September. It’s two online sessions and costs £50 to take part. You can find out more here.


Ebay are running a series of free online webinars for charities interested in selling via eBay or for those already selling that want to get advanced tips for how to improve their sales. There are multiple dates available throughout July. You can book a spot here.


We have a couple of job vacancies that we are currently recruiting for – a Director of Finance & Resources (£52,460 – £63,976) and a National Programme Officer (£32,542- £ 33,518, 6 month contract). Both roles can be based anywhere in the UK. Details here.


Crowdfunder have cut fees and made it 100% free for social enterprises looking to raise funds through crowdfunding during the current crisis. You can read all about it here and if you want support to get a crowdfunding campaign off the ground we’ve got an online workshop on July 22nd.


Lloyds Bank Foundation are looking for a partner organisation, consultant or consortium to support their work to provide more funding to BAME communities in England and Wales, starting to address some of the racial inequalities and disparities that exist in grantmaking. If you are interested, the deadline for submissions is before 5pm on Wednesday 8th July. Details here.


Finally, Eat Sleep Work Repeat have an interesting list of ‘the 12 questions every firm should be asking right now‘ with lots of links and articles for you to get stuck into.

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Al fresco: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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 Black Lives Matter 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. Get shopping here.


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.


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Sent in hushed tones: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

Shhh… can you hear that? I am writing this in absolute silence. Wonderful, brilliant, beautiful silence. The kids are back in nursery, my wife is at work and so for the first time in 90 days I’m alone in the house. It’s actually a little eerie. It does mean, however, that we’re back in our usual Friday morning time slot and I’ve actually had more than 30 minutes to put this together. Hurrah! I’m not sure if that means it’s any better than it has been or if it’s just taken me longer to write than it has been doing…

Enjoy the news…



  • You need to be quick with this one, but we are running a 45 minute webinar at 1pm today looking at how should you manage cash in a crisis. It’s the first in our new Recover & Rebuild series, helping social entrepreneurs get back on their feet. Register now:


  • We’re not the only people doing webinars (you’ve probably noticed, they seem to have got quite popular all of a sudden). Our friends at Lime Green Consulting are running a briefing looking at ‘Fundraising During Covid-190 on 10th July’. You’ll hear from experts on the impact of Covid-19 on different fundraising areas – what’s changed, what to expect next and how to respond. You can book a place here (note – we get a small commission for each place booked).


  • Social enterprise Girl Dreamer are offering small, unrestricted, emergency grants to micro-small size organisations that are founded/led by young women or non-binary people of colour to help them through any needs they may currently have brought on by COVID-19. Grants of £100 – £1000 are available, and the deadline to apply is 15th June. You can find out more here.


  • We are looking for people to contribute to a piece about the experiences of LGBTQ+ social enterprises. If you are an SSE student/fellow from a BAME background, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact to get involved.


  • I’m going to make a bold assumption and guess that you haven’t been thinking about Christmas too much recently. But if you are a UK-registered charity looking for some extra funds then The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge is now open for applications. It offers supporters of participating charities the opportunity to have their donation doubled – you need to apply here.


  • We are looking for three individuals to join SSE’s Board of Trustees. We’re seeking Trustees that will bring new skills, knowledge and experience to help us fulfil our ambitions and amplify our impact. We’re particularly interested in recruiting Trustees that reflect the diversity of the students we support and are representative of the geographic areas we work in. If this sounds like you, apply by midnight on Sunday 12th July 2020.


  • “I just can’t wait for the gym to be open” is not a sentence that I have found myself saying over the last few months (“I’m a gym member. I try to go four times a week, but I’ve missed the last twelve hundred times.”). So what I need is Dangerous Dads’ Dad Dancing Fit Club Online. Taking place every Tuesday and Saturday at 9am, it’s a fitness programme for all the family featuring ‘classic dad dancing moves from John Travolta and Rocky, to ZZ Top air guitars and The Robot.’ You can find out more here.


  • We’ve launched ‘Virtual Volunteers’, a new platform connecting social enterprises with volunteer professionals. It’s free to use, both if you have a post that you need help with or if you can volunteer your skills. Check it out here.


  • My colleague Hannah has taken a look at how community businesses are rebuilding in a new blog. For many it’s been a difficult period as income has shrunk but, as with much of the social enterprise sector, many have found ways to adapt. You can read the blog here.


  •  The Small International Development Charities Network are looking to build an understanding of how Covid-19 is affecting small charities working in international development and have put together a short survey to gather insight. The results will build meaningful conversations with influential groups, inform policy and the wider public and one respondent will win a luxury hamper. You can take the survey here


  • Kim McCabe of social enterprise Rites for Girls is hosting a talk on ‘Parenting our children safely through’ this Sunday from 10:00am – 11.30am, discussing practical ways to make the journey of growing-up safer, kinder and better supported, particularly through the adolescent years and especially in these changing times. You can book a place here.


  • Children in Need have opened applications to their COVID-19 Next Steps Grant, which offers grants of between £5,000 and £80,000 to ‘help organisations with more complex service adaption, including additional staffing requirements’. The deadline to apply is July 1st.


  • In Southwark, London, the council have launched a new Discretionary Grants Fund for businesses with 49 or fewer full-time employees) that have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 pandemic that were not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund. Up to £25k is available and charities and social enterprises are eligible to apply. Details here.


  • SSE Fellow Davie Parks’ social enterprise The Skill Mill has begun making socially and environmentally good face masks. They are practical and fantastic value, they don’t interfere with care sector supply and make an excellent marketing tool – you can get them made with your organisation’s logo on them. They are also washable and reusable so better for the environment than single use PPE. Order them here.



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It’s the new Friday, after all: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

Another Thursday edition of Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You. I’m not losing track of what day it is (actually I am slightly) and it’s nothing to do with timing it to arrive while you’re clapping, it’s just easier around my current work pattern.

Very little to report from me this week, although perhaps that’s to be expected when every day is the same as the last one. It’s not all bad though – the forthcoming bank holiday weekend means that our bins will be collected next Thursday, not next Wednesday. Variety is the spice of life, after all.

Enjoy the news…



The Government’s new Coronavirus Community Support Fund will open for applications at 10am tomorrow morning (Friday). £200m will be available to small and medium organisations in England, with two objectives: to increase community support to vulnerable people and to reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises. Everything will go live tomorrow, but for now you can read a statement from The National Lottery Community Fund here.


Also open to applications is the Resourcing Racial Justice Fund, providing financial support to individuals and organisations that are working to redress the impact of COVID-19 and beyond on those who identify as People of Colour (POC). Grants of between £5k – £30k are available to individuals and organisations, apply by 15th June.


I mentioned last week that Power to Change were conducting a Community Business Market survey at the moment but helpfully I forgot to include a link to it. The survey will help Power to Change know more about the community business market and how it can best help community businesses through the difficulties created by the Covid-19 virus. The survey is here and will take about 15 minutes.


Social enterprise newspaper publisher Social Spider CIC has worked with local volunteers to reinvent its distribution model to continue to provide vital news and information to local communities during Covid-19. It is continuing to distribute 10,000 copies each of their newspapers: Waltham Forest Echo, Tottenham Community Press and Enfield Dispatch each month. Any social enterprises that would like to advertise in the papers can get a 50% discount in the June issues which go to print next week – contact for more details.


A nice offer for readers of this newsletter – SSE Fellow Jonathan Smith is launching a new online & zoom business coaching service for social entrepreneurs and is looking for six people to beta test it for free. The course and community is designed to help you to get “unstuck” so you can move your social enterprise forward again. The course will cost £847 in a few weeks time, so six of you can snap up a great offer here.


Our online workshops at SSE have proved to be so popular that we’ve scheduled in additional dates for some of the most popular, including Sources of Funding, Measuring Social Impact and Crowdfunding. Courses are selling out fast and in advance so if there is a workshop that you’d like to attend I recommend booking early. You can find a full list here.


We’re looking for a new background to look at during Zoom meetings so we’re recruiting a Head of Learning and Innovation (£46k-£49k). The successful candidate will ‘cultivate and develop SSE’s learning offer, putting innovation and creativity at the forefront’. The role can be based anywhere in the UK, perhaps not surprisingly during current circumstances. Apply by 7th June.


The fourth part in our blog series looking at how SSE students and fellows are adapting to the Covid-19 crisis is now live on our website. This week’s focuses largely on mental health, you can read it here.


Finally, SSE Fellow Jem Stein’s social enterprise Bike Project will be hosting a lockdown virtual pub quiz with comedian Robin Ince this Saturday at 7.30pm. Tickets are available on a donate what you can basis but for £20 you can get a VIP ticket which comes with a whole load of goodies. Details here.

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Communicating effectively: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

I thought it was important to clarify some of the guidelines for reading Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You. Remember, if you are reading this on an iPhone, you need to wear gloves and ensure that the phone is in landscape mode. For Android users, put the phone inside a glove and then take a photo of a landscape before reading. For desktop computer users, DO NOT PRINT THIS OUT. This does not apply if you are translating it into French, or if your printer serial number is exactly 13 digits long and can be divided by at least three prime numbers.

Whatever you do, do not forward to friends or family members. You can forward it to strangers if you can guess their email address.

Hope that’s cleared everything up.


  • Power to Change have launched the C-19 Emergency Trading Income Support Scheme for community businesses that have lost trading income as a result of COVID-19. It’s available to current and previous Power to Change grantees, and to community businesses which are members of Power to Change’s strategic partners – Co-operatives UK, Locality and the Plunkett Foundation. The next funding round opens on 19th May at 10am and 100 grants will be available. You can find out more here.


  • Power to Change are also conducting a Community Business Market 2020 survey, aimed at understanding more about the community business market and to get a better understanding of how the current crisis is impacting on community businesses and what support they may need


  • Social Enterprise UK have launched an online forum, designed to bring the social enterprise community together to share their experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic, to discuss important topics and to post offers of support and calls for help. You can register for it here.


  • Third Sector have made an additional 1500 free places available for their Fundraising Conference on 20th – 21st May. Places are only available to registered charities, however. You can book a place here.



  • Supply Change and the Social Value Exchange have created an open-source directory of social enterprise suppliers which are still offering goods and services during this time. From cleaning to coffee, you can search for suppliers for your organisation here. If your social enterprise or community organisation is still operating or needs support, you can feature in the directory by filling out this short form.


  • Well done to all those who made the NatWest SE100 Index, the annual list of the UK’s leading 100 social enterprises, compiled by Pioneers Post in partnership with NatWest Social & Community Capital. It’s always good to see so many SSE Fellows in the list, which you can see here


  • SSE Fellow Hayley Stanton has launched Quiet Connections, an app which offers a safe space to easily connect with new friends and get support for those who struggle with meeting new people and speaking up in groups and conversations. Quieter people can share similar stories so they can support and learn from each other, and gain acceptance, friendship and understanding. You can find out more here.


  • If you’re at home trying to teach your children maths then Maths on Toast, a social enterprise founded by SSE Fellow Alex Fitzsimmons, could help. They are releasing lots of resources to support parents with primary age kids, including Fun Maths Monday, a creative crafty maths activity each Monday, and blog posts for parents, addressing common issues like how to help with a maths problem you can’t immediately see how to do yourself. Head here for more info


  • Re-defined is a new, virtual conference that celebrates and cultivates the resilience of female founders and women in business in the UK. Taking place on May 29th, a programme of inspirational speakers and workshop facilitators will celebrate the successes and endurance of female founders and women in business. You can buy a ticket here.


  • The Fair Education Alliance are currently accepting applications to their Innovation Award. Open to anyone with an idea that could help end educational inequality in England, five winners will recieve 6 months of full-time salary, a place on an Innovation Incubator, an intensive programme of technical and leadership training, supportive mentoring and expert advice to help you develop, pilot and scale your idea. You can apply here.


  • Let’s end on a musical note. First up, SSE Fellow Martha Wright’s social enterprise Mindful Music have released a free set of singalong and deep relaxations with an accompanying resource pack for parents, carers, educators and anyone needing to take care of their inner child during this crisis. You can sign up here.


  • And finally, SSE Fellow Blue O’Conner is co-founder of Talk Club, a talking and listening club for men. Last week they released Soul to Save, a charity music single. You can hear the single here and find out more about Talk Club here.



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