Heading to retirement: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

old-man-915219_640This is a little later and even more rushed than usual because I’ve been a meeting all morning about auto-enrolment pensions. Fascinating stuff for a Friday, I’m sure you’ll agree. I did use the meeting to work out that there are only 1655 more editions of Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You before I retire however, so make the most of them while you can – it’s not going to be here forever.

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


Friday night is movie night and I’ve got two suggestions for you. Grab some popcorn, settle down and first enjoy this film about SSE Fellow Cemal Ezel’s organisation Change Please. Next up, we’ve put together a short animation explaining what action learning (a key component of our programmes) is. (If you want another film recommendation I watched ‘Victoria’ at the cinema this week. It’s brilliant).

Parents rock, don’t they? So much so that SSE Cornwall are crowdfunding for ‘Parents Rock’, a new programme supporting parents of school age children to find local solutions to local problems and become effective social entrepreneurs. There are some great rewards up for grabs.  Staying on crowdfunding, Social Misfts Media have put together ‘Make it Rain‘, a super new guide for organisations thinking of taking the plunge.

Hot off the press is this new Programme Manager vacancy at Tutors United. The organisation was set up by SSE Fellow (and super nice guy) Joel Davis and offers tutoring to school pupils who otherwise would not be able to afford it. Also recruiting is SSE Fellow Catherine West, who is on the search for a Craft Tutor for her organisation Significant Seams. (I love the fact that you become part of a ‘tight knit team’).

Gordon Hunter, director of Lincolnshire Community Foundation, unleashes both barrels (and a bit more) in his piece ‘Social investment: money for ex-bankers?‘ on the Third Sector blog this week. You can hear the other side of the argument on our Unlocking Social Investment workshop next Thursday. (I was meant to turn off early-bird tickets yesterday but haven’t got round to it yet so if you’re quick you can still grab a bargain.)

Tell Online are offering up to £5000 in match funding to organisations that wish to make investment in their digital presence.

If you are in Manchester on April 26th you could do worse than attend ‘Access and Connect: a resource fair for social enterprises.’ There’s an opportunity to meet local buyers, social investors and to network with other social entrepreneurs. It’s £10 to attend.

This next item could be the start of a new (office space) east side v west side feud. Repping the east is The Being Well, looking for other social enterprises to share a space part-time in Canary Wharf. You can book the space ad hoc – or a more regular longer-term arrangement can be made. You can see pictures here. Straight out the hood over in Holland Park are St James’ Church who have permanent space available –click here to download details...

Chris Lee has been continuing his ‘Expert By Experience’ series, catching up first with Amanda Page and Teresa Crickmar of Gap Learning and then with Barry Allard of The Feed. There’s some interesting insight into some of the day-to-day challenges that social entrepreneurs face.

SEUK are updating their Buy Social Directory. It’s a free opportunity for you to promote your organisation to buyers from the private and public sector. You can sign up here. If you are already a member, make sure to login and update your profile by April 30th or they will remove your listing from the directory.

Finally, this week we announced the first set of speakers for our Third Sector Digital Leaders course taking place this autumn. It’s an all-star line-up.

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