Not as young as it used to be: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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Back when I started this newsletter I was a younger man (perhaps not surprisingly, as that’s how time tends to work). This introduction was full of tales of nightclubbing, music  festivals and pub crawls. Writng this intro was a breeze.

Do you know what I found myself doing this week? Ordering numbered stickers to put on our wheelie bins (£3.49 from Amazon if you need some) so I don’t have to roam the streets of Honor Oak Park every Wednesday evening after the bin men have been trying to track down my dustbins. I mean come on. How am I meant to make that sound exciting? Next week’s should be better – I’m at the cricket all day tomorrow – but I know it’s going to end up with me in bed at 9pm feeling tired.

Onwards and upwards…


(including Instagramming)

Big Lottery Fund, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Local Trust have announced ‘Creative Civic Change’, a programme of support for ‘at least 10 communities across England who are using the arts and creativity to make positive social change in their local areas’.

If you’re wondering what contstitutes arts and creativity, here you go: knitting, singing, drama, dancing, pottery, sewing, writing stories or poems, storytelling, making jewellery, animation, making music, coding, photography (including Instagramming), woodcraft, gardening, cake decorating, film making, community radio, putting on festivals, parades and much more.

Read all about it

For fellow fitness fanatics

I jest, I’m more of a super fanatic. Anyhow, SSE student River Hawkins and his organisation Humen have teamed up Barry’s Bootcamp for a special event at Barry’s in Victoria, London. Taking place on Sunday 12th August at 3.30pm is will bring together men from all over the country for ‘the most intense bootcamp your body has ever experienced’. Tickets are £30 and include complimentary healthy snacks from MunchFit, your own Humen X Barry’s workout tee and an introduction to Humen with two guest speakers. All money raised will go to Humen, a charity helping men to improve their mental health and be more human.

Find out more here

Short and sweet

People’s Postcode Lottery have opened up £3 million of funding to charities and community groups across a range of areas including human rights, employability, combatting poverty, health and wellbeing, biodiversity and outdoor spaces. Not really much more I can add to this.

Find out more here

Employ your c.v.

A couple of job opportunities this week:

  • Award winning chocolate making social enterprise Harry Specters is looking for a Business Development Executive to develop relations with the corporate sector. The job is based in Ely with occasional trips to London but you aren’t required to work from the office. Apply here.
  • Independence From Drugs and Alcohol Scotland (IFDAS) are currently recruiting for a Residential Peer Worker who will provide peer support for male residents entering and living within the River Garden Residential Training & Social Enterprise Development Centre. Because of the nature of the role they are looking to recruit a male peer worker. The role offers a salary of £22.5k – for further information see and for an application pack please email

Yep, it’s the ‘There’s No Limits’ headline once again

Unltd have launched ‘Thrive’ a new accelerator programme for social entrepreneurs delivering solutions that improve outcomes around independence, connectedness and health & wellbeing of people in later life, as well as those who support carers & the care system. On offer is six months of intensive support with the opportunity to secure investment of up to £50,000 for your social venture.

Register your interested before the end of September 

Code Club

“A man gotta have a code’ according to The Wire’s Omar Little so he’d be delighted to see that consultation on the Charity Digital Code has opened. Chaired by Zoe Amar and featuring a ream of voluntary sector organisations on the steering committee, the code aims to help organisations improve their digital skills and increase their take-up of digital activity – they are keen to get views from as many organisations as possible. All in the game yo.

Tell em what you think here

Working 9-5

Can you offer a short work placement and a welcoming environment to parents, carers and people with health conditions or disabilities? If so, Lucy Elkin of myworkhive would like to hear from you as she hope to link skilled people facing barriers to work with work placements – suitable projects might include admin, grant research, writing, copyediting, data entry, research, marketing, graphic design or web design.

Email for more info.


SSE Fellow Jacqueline Hollows of Beyond Recovery is running a Wellbeing and Resilience Mind Spa near Rugby from September 3rd – September 5th. It’s a three day retreat and and you are requested to do no other work during that time. Sign me up. It’s on a donate what you can afford basis.

Sign up here

Shoulda Woulda Coulda

Looking for a holiday read? Social Change Central (Australia’s only social enterprise opportunities portal, apparently) have put together a decent list of eleven articles every social entrepreneur could read. Ripper.

Check it out


Finally – open plan office make people talk less and email more. Well, yeah – I mean who actually wants to talk to the people they work with?

Read and then discuss on Slack or something

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