In need of 40 winks: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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I am astonishingly tired this week. Over the last ten days our two year old has decided that he’d like to begin the day at 5 a.m. and can’t be persuaded that this isn’t necessarily the way that most people like to live their life. It’s a bit like living in Groundhog Day; each morning has a familiar routine – stagger downstairs, make a coffee and then watch part of the Pixar film ‘Zootropolis’ which although amusing does begin to grate by the seventh viewing. He seems to disagree though.

So, go easy if this is littered with more errors than usual. Although by this stage I’m beyond caring…

Have a good and sleep filled weekend!


Our friends in the North

To the North East for our first piece of news, where SSE Yorkshire and North East have launched two brand new courses. They’ll be running a two day How to Measure Your Social Impact course in Leeds in October covering each step of the journey towards a full impact and evaluation report including Social Return on Investment.

Before then, they are running Start Up Boost, an online course for new social enterprises. There are dates in August and September and the course will give your business direction and clear sight on how to grow and flourish.

Good news bad news

A third of start-ups aim for social good (yay!) but social entrepreneurs struggle to attract sufficient funding (boo…) writes Brian Groom in the Financial Times. For such a well informed readership of Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You there probably isn’t a great deal of new information in the article but it’s interesting to read about social enterprise from a more global perspective.

Read the article here

Brent vs Wilson

In the promotional pack for this year’s Social Enterprise World Forum I notice our CEO Ali mentions that you should go because (and I quote) “there’s a superb vibe”. Ali is very much of a vibe man, a sort of social enterprise Bez. You’ll often find him in his office sat on a beanbag playing the ukulele and burning incense.

Beyond the vibe it does look a really good event, taking place in the Edinburgh International Convention Centre from 12-14 September 2018 bringing together 1200 social enterprise leaders, policy makers, commercial partners, academics, students and young entrepreneurs. Early bird tickets are available until June 30th and Ali will be laying down the vibe by speaking at the event, along with our managing director Nicola.

You can find out more here

Your exclusive invitation…

Have you ever been invited to a book launch? You have now. We’re hosting the launch of SSE Fellow Louisa Weinstein’s book ‘The 7 Principles of Conflict Resolution’. Taking place between 5pm and 7pm at SSE London on Monday 23rd July Louisa will be leading an interactive event which will enable guests to experience and practice some of the tools and techniques of the book for themselves and their businesses.

Find out more

Getting the measure

We’ve got good availability on our next Measuring Social Impact course, which takes place at SSE London on 11th + 12th July. Delivered in partnership with nef consulting it’s a two-day course providing an intensive introduction to social impact measurement.

Book a place here

Crowd pleaser

SSE Fellow Philip Bridges is crowdfunding for his social enterprise The Mind Map, which provides Youth Mental Health First Aid to training. The training allows teachers to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health, listen and signpost towards support. You can support them from £5 and up and there are loads of great rewards available if you do.

Back them here

From Zuck, to you

Cuddly tech giants Facebook have taken a break from sharing your data with shady political consulting firms to launch Workplace for Good, making their Workplace suite of business tools available for free for charities, NFPs, NGOs and educational institutions. It includes mobile apps, video streaming and chat, photo and video storage, as well as collaborative tools.

Read more here

Job one 

Oxford Summer Courses are looking for a social entrepreneurship tutor to teach a course for six international students aged 15-17 in London this July (15th-26th). It sounds like an interesting opportunity for someone.

Details at the bottom of this page

Job two

Sunday Assembly are looking for a ‘motivated, passionate and empathetic leader who is dedicated to building community’ to take on their Director role. Sunday Assembly is a social enterprise that ‘host inspiring gatherings that combine pop songs, TED-style talks and quiet contemplation, in order to lead to communities that tackle social isolation, improve wellbeing and strengthen mental health’.

Apply here

Job three

SSE Fellow Asma Khanum is after a full time personal /admin assistant (£15.200 – £17,000 per year) for her social enterprise Chatterbox in Leeds. ChatterBug specialises in speech and language therapy for children, working with playgroups, schools, community groups and families – you can visit their website here and if you’d like to apply email a CV to

Job four  

SSE Fellow Sophie Simpson is looking for a temporary admin assistant for her organisation SS Dance and Wellbeing in Dewsbury, Yorkshire. SS Dance & Wellbeing’s objective is to help to tackle issues such as in-activity, isolation and obesity through a fusion of dance and fitness activities that are accessible to a wide range of people, communities and organisations – contact for more information of how to apply.

Job five

SSE Fellow Catherine West has been in touch with an invitation to tender: she is looking for a Creative Design & Build Lead for Encounters, a group of artists, facilitators and change agents based in South Devon with national and international reach. The £25,000 contract is for an exceptional individual or team to lead on the design and build of Chrysalis, a project funded by Arts Council England to create an environmentally sustainable mobile, community, arts and learning space in collaboration with communities across Torbay and South Devon.

You can find out more here

Spielberg. Coppola. Scorsese…You?

SSE Fellow Victoria Ijeh has opened applications for her organisation Iconic Steps’ free summer film production courses, aimed at budding filmmakers and daydreamers aged 16 to 25. There are a whole range of courses available.

Lights, camera, action

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

Finally, If you’ve still got questions about GDPR and what it means for you and your organisation our friends at Trustlaw our running a webinar on July 5th covering the key requirements. It’s free to take part.

Sign up here

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