Like YouGov for the social enterprise sector: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

You can do this thing on Facebook which allows you to build a profile of your audience based on people who like your page. For example, someone who is connected to SSE is likely to favour Owen Jones as a journalist, read the Guardian and be a fan of David Lammy and Caroline Lucas. The Wilderness Festival is where they get their musical kicks and if they are looking for a new job they’ll do it via Guardian Jobs. They get their electricity from Ecotricity and if they were having a day out in London it would be at either the Royal Academy of Arts or the Barbican Centre.

What it doesn’t tell me, however, is how they are likely to vote for in the election. So I’ve created an anonymous, one question poll: let me know who you’re voting for and I’ll share the results next week.

(If you’re interested, the results from the last time we did this in 2015 are available here.)

Enjoy the news…


Pin the tail on the donkey

Can you have too much election coverage? I’m going to go for an unequivocal yes. Once you get to three debates, a couple of Andrew Neil interviews and some melting globes it begins to feel excessive. If you’ve reached saturation point but feel like you really should know how the election is going to impact the charity and social enterprise sector then ACEVO’s Kristiana Wrixon has you covered. She’s put together a blog summarising how each party’s manifesto will affect the sector.

Read it here

If you’d like tonight’s lottery numbers

Using figures from the 2011 census I have calculated that there are 565,217 houses in Wales. I have stayed in one of them. In one of those ‘gosh, isn’t the world a small place’ scenarios I’m fairly confident that it’s the one hosting the Female Social Entrepreneurs Retreat in January. The odds on that? 565,217 to 1 I’d guess.

What is the Female Social Entrepreneurs Retreat? It’s a 3 days connection, learning, social impact planning and rejuvenation in the beautiful wilds of the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales running from 21st – 23rd January.

You can find out more here

A brand new section in this newsletter

For possibly one week only, here’s all your latest crowdfunding news:

SSE Fellow Christina Wheatley is crowdfunding for Edible Rotherhithe, delivering free after-school workshops to children & young people who live in areas of economic deprivation, food insecurity and poor air quality. A successful campaign will mean they are able to dramatically increase the number of workshops they are able to run. You can back the campaign here.

In Liverpool, SSE Fellow Paul Myers is raising money for Greens for Good, a campaign to bring fresh, nutritious, local greens to schools, homes and businesses across the city. You can pledge from £5 and rewards span from a postcard to and edible wall…back the campaign here.

If all of this has piqued your interest and you want to know how to run a crowdfunding campaign for your organisation, we’ve still got places on Monday’s Crowdfunding for Charities and Social Enterprises workshop. You can book one here.

What do Romania, Barbados and Scotland have in common?

No, the answer isn’t anything to do with failing to qualify for World Cups. They all celebrate St. Andrews Day, which is tomorrow. But only Scotland is searching for social enterprise hotspots that can become the country’s newest Social Enterprise Places. If you live or work somewhere that social enterprise is thriving and are interested in finding out more contact [email protected].

Roll of the dice

An interesting opportunity from the British Council, who are looking for organisations with an in-depth understanding of the UK’s social economy to become suppliers to their DICE programme, which works with entrepreneurs across Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa and the UK. They want to hear from researchers, organisations that can deliver training and conveners – ‘ facilitators, artists, event designers, theatre practitioners and conference planners (etc) who are able to bring together people who often hold diverse, and often contradicting perspectives. ‘

Find out more here

Music sounds better with you

If you find yourself in Brighton tomorrow evening at a loose end you could go and see ‘Kind Rebellion’, a new performance from New Note Orchestra (founded by SSE Fellow Molly Mathieson). Featuring newly composed music, film, animation and poetry it’s been extremely well received so far, gaining a standing ovation at The Attenborough Centre a couple of weeks ago.

It starts at 7.30pm at the Brighthelm Centre on North Road and you can buy a ticket here. 

Ready, steady, grow

The Growth Project are looking for the leaders of charities with a turnover of £200k – £2m to take part in a one year Growth Programme, which will bring together charity
and business leaders to help charities ‘maximise their impact on the
world.’ It’s free to take part and the content looks really good.

Applications close on 10th January

Apply for Thrive

Also looking for applicants are Unltd, who are recruiting for their Thrive social accelerator programme. They want to hear from you if you’re working to improve access to employment for those distant from the labour market or you’re developing products and services for an ageing society. On offer is six months support and the opportunity to secure investment of up to £50,000.

Find out more here 

Situations vacant

We’re looking for a Development Manager (£37,085 – £37,903) to come in a raise loads of money for SSE. If you believe in the potential of social entrepreneurship to create social change, if you are ready to build exciting new partnerships that will diversify our income and support our long-term sustainability and if you are willing to work collaboratively as part of a fun yet focused team then apply by Monday 9th December.

Fancy working for London’s first specialty coffee training academy? Well you can, if you apply for Well Grounded’s Programme Manager (£26-£30k) role. Set up by SSE Fellow Eve Wagg, Well Grounded connect people looking for work with sustainable careers in the coffee industry, regardless of their background. If you’ve got great programme management, leadership and organisational skills then apply by 2nd December.

For the impatient

If you really can’t wait until December 12th and want to vote for something right now then you can support SSE Fellow Alex Baine and his organisation London Football Journeys in the Charity Film Awards. Unlike the election, your vote really does count.

You can vote for them here


Finally – pointless emails: they’re not just irritating – they have a massive carbon footprint. I’d better start planting some trees.

Share Button

Comments are closed.