Staying positive: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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The world is a pretty dark place at times. Events in Manchester on Monday demonstrated the depths to which the human race can sink. The mind can’t begin to comprehend what drives someone to do something like that. Predictably, the gutter press and imbeciles like Katie Hopkins then try to dominate the response to try and push their agenda of division and hate. It’s all a bit bleak.

But you know what? Most of us are alright. We’re not perfect, but we go about our business each day, try and help people where we can and look out for one another. And that’s worth remembering; one of the reasons I enjoy writing this newsletter each week is that each story is a little vignette of something positive – good people, doing good things. Long may it remain so…

@davemcglashan


A while back I mentioned the Unusual Suspects Festival which is taking place in London on 14th – 16th June. The programme has been announced and you can now register for tickets. The three days will explore ‘what happens when social innovation meets collaboration and how together we can meet some of society’s most pressing challenges.’


Clothing company Patagonia is offering grants of up to $12,000 to environmental organisations that ‘that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change’. Applications to the European tranche of funding are open until June 30th.


SSE Fellow Marie Osborne is running a share offer for her organisation Future Wolverton. The money will pay for the redevelopment and refurbishment of the Old School, a Grade 2 listed building and create a community hub and guest house facility run by 6th form students from Slated Row School, a school for children and young people with moderate to severe learning difficulties. If you’d like to invest, you’ll qualify for Social Enterprise Tax Relief.


Not one, not two, but three awards for you to enter this week. Social Enterprise UK have thirteen categories this year and will be closing applications on 7th July. Social Enterprise Scotland will be closing applications to their awards on 10th July. Finally, our friends at Blue Patch are looking for exciting and interesting entrepreneurs and businesses across the British Isles to enter their Business Awards – make sure that you apply by 24th July.


Charities and community groups in Coventry, Solihull, Warwickshire, Birmingham and the Black Country can apply for a grant from the Wesleyan Foundation. The grants will be focused on organisations that promote or improve health, education, innovation or social development.


SSE Fellow Whitney Iles has written a great blog on things to consider when starting up a social enterprise. There are some very useful pieces of advice in there.


Local Trust are carrying out a piece of research to understand how communities become more empowered and vibrant in the next ten years. They are keen to gather a wide range of views about the future of communities; individuals, organisations, public services and community groups can all take part – further details here.


SSE Fellow Marie Yates and her colleague Chris Kent have launched CPD Academy, a new venture supporting people who want to develop a social enterprise working with dogs. They’ve also published a book on the subject: The Power Of The Human-Canine Bond; Turning Your Passion Into A Business.


Social enterprise Voice Over are piloting Connected, a new video-link interpreting service and are looking for 12 organisations to take part in the pilot. The service costs £29.50+ VAT per hour and organisations taking part in the pilot will not have to pay any subscription charges for the first year. Connected will suit organisations with clients or staff in remote locations, or who avoid using interpreters because of the costs involved. Email Zahra – contact@voiceoverinterpreting.org.uk – for further information.


Finally, a useful new resource. Charity Catalogue is a collection of online tools that can be accessed by not for profits at a discounted rate. There are tools for email marketing, social media, volunteering and donation processing among others.

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Starting a Social Enterprise – a presentation

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Slides from a presentation on ‘Starting a Social Enterprise’ delivered by SSE at the City Business Library on 1st March 2017 and at Goldsmiths University on 6th March 2017.

Some of the resources mentioned during the presentation:

General support 

Legal Structures 

Funding 

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Out of quarantine: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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Hello again! After a week of illness Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You is back – probably best that you keep a safe distance though, just in case. This newsletter was touch and go as well due to unprecedented levels of busyness this week; I’ve had to postpone the appointment marked ‘start winding down for Christmas’ for at least another week. Don’t all shed a tear at once.

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

@davemcglashan

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Thrown together in 15 minutes: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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It’s another brief newsletter this week, as I’m tied up delivering the final days of our Third Sector Digital Leaders course (not literally, that would be strange even for SSE). All in a week when the people of America elected as president a man whose name is a synonym for passing wind as well. Nominative determinism at its best.  Enjoy this week’s news, and if you happen to be at Good Deals next week come and say hello – I’ll be the one not in a suit.

@davemcglashan


One of the speakers on the Third Sector Digital Leaders course was Clare Bamberger of insight, innovation and impact monitoring agency Insight-ful, who are hosting the first ever Insight-ful Take Away in Vauxhall on November 28th. It’s free to attend, and they will be sharing 4 years of fundraising insight and delving into case studies from their clients.

We’ve got a very cool part time job opportunity at SSE London – we’re looking for a relationship officer to manage the relationship with the speakers that we use on our courses (we call them witnesses, because you can’t beat a bit of organisational terminology).  No specific experience is needed, but you do need to be good a meeting new people and interested in social change.

SSE Fellow Sylvia Douglas of MsMissMrs (check out their empowerment pants) has been nominated for the Scottish Business Awards’ first ever Social Enterprise Award. Good luck from all at SSE!

Co-op are looking for three projects to receive funding from the Co-op Local Community Fund, which donates 1% of everything that Co-op members spend in store to a local cause.

Power to Change have opened the third round of their Community Business Fund with grants of between £50,000 – £300,000 available. You need to apply by December 16th.

SSE student Richard Littler is doing his best to stoke the embers of London’s nightlife by hosting the Grooveschool Winter Fundraiser at the Prince of Wales in Brixton on December 2nd. It’s a cracking lineup, including A Guy Called Gerald and Terry Francis alongside some of the young djs that Grooveschool have supported. See you on the dancefloor.

Are charities doing as much good as they say or are they telling tales? asks Street League’s CEO Matt Stephenson-Dodd. It’s a well measured-piece.

SSE Fellow Sharla Duncan hopes that you will back her East London Inspire Programme to win support from the Aviva Community Fund. If successful, the project will work with 140 pupils to address the factors that are holding disadvantaged pupils back. You can vote here.

Finally, social enterprise Fat Macy’s, which provides opportunities for young Londoners living in homeless hostel accommodation, are running ten supper club events in London in the run up to Christmas. The events give participants valuable work experience and the confidence to challenge the perception of homelessness. You can find out more here.

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Putting things off until Monday: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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Untitled design (6)Hello Friday you beautiful thing. I’ve had one of those weeks where my to-do list at the end of the week is much longer than it was at the start of the week so I’m going to what all successful procrastinators do and ignore it and hope it goes away. Friday is not a day for to-do lists, I’m sure you’ll agree. Unless the list consists of ‘drink gin and tonic’.

Enjoy this week’s news, and have a good weekend.

@davemcglashan

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