Not watching the golf: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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You’d rather be watching the golf than reading this wouldn’t you? You can admit it. I’d certainly rather be watching the golf than writing it. But needs must and I haven’t yet found a way to include watching golf in my job description (I’m working on it though, believe me).

For now though, I’m bunkered down in the office which means that I’m sending you this instead. Fore!


Let’s tee off (see what I did there) with a question: are you a current SSE student or a fellow of SSE? We are underway with ambitious new plans to serve our students and fellows better in the digital age. Oooooooooo. (I’m not involved with the project but I reckon it means that we’re all being replaced by robots.)

Anyhow, we’re looking for 30 SSE students and fellows to view our first designs and give feedback to steer the next steps. This can be done online in your own time – email to join in.

Would you like an hour of free mentoring from one of the UK’s top entrepreneurs, including founders such as Sir Charles Dunstone (Carphone Warehouse), Julian Metcalfe (Pret a Manger, Itsu) and Chrissie Rucker (The White Company)?. Well, here’s your chance: Expert Impact matches early-stage entrepreneurs focused on social impact with expert entrepreneurs who can help them scale. Apply to Expert Impact in less than 10 minutes.

What’s going on in UK social investment? ponders David Floyd. Turns out that it all resembles ‘a painting of a surrealist’s dog’s dinner’, which is definitely the best phrase I’ve read this week. it’s a really good article – par for the course with Mr Floyd.

An interesting job opportunity with Cambridge based charity Wintercomfort, who are looking for a Social Enterprise Supervisor/Trainer to manage their social enterprise Overstream Clean, which delivers cleaning and gardening services to customers while provideng opportunities for training and work
experience in the cleaning industry to those who have experienced homelessness.

SSE Midlands Fellow and current SSE North West student Katie Buckingham recently delivered ‘I’m fine. Let’s stop masking our mental health issues‘ a TEDx talk at Aston University. Katie is the founder of Altruist Enterprises, which provides training to help organisations manage stress more effectively within workplaces.

Some good press for SSE Fellows recently. First up, Cemal Ezel’s organisation Change Please was named one of Marketing Week’s 100 Disruptive Brands 2017 – it’s an exciting time for Change Please – their coffee will shortly be appearing in Sainsbury’s and they are soon to launch in San Francisco.

SSE Fellow Cornwall students Hayley Stanton of Quiet Connections and Stacie Clark of New Day Knitwear featured on BBC Radio Cornwall sharing their stories in a report about rising suicide rates in Cornwall. You can listen to the report here – Hayley is on at 1.05 and Stacie is on at 2.05.

Finally, SSE Yorkshire and Humber student Fiona Broadfoot was on Woman’s Hour on Radio Four discussing whether women involved or formerly involved in prostitution have their criminal records sealed or wiped when they apply for work. It’s the first item on the programme.

Our friends over at Unltd have put together Changing the World: A Beginners Guide to Social Entrepreneurship, aimed at young people with an idea who want to make the world better. It’s a really interesting design, specifically put together to appeal to the different types of learning styles.

SSE Fellow Victoria Ijeh’s organisation Iconic Steps is hosting ‘Future Steps: Celebration of Good Business‘ at the BFI in London on the evening of 18th August. The event will bring together social enterprises, corporates and customers gathering together to network and open avenues for trade. The aim of this event is to promote social enterprise ideas to a wider community and inspire corporates and customers to ‘buy social’. It’s free to go along – get in the hole!

If you can spare a few minutes the Corporate Volunteering Network are conducting a survey among third sector organisations that use, or aspire to use, corporate volunteers. The aim of the survey is to allow the whole sector to better understand the current Corporate Volunteering (CV) landscape, attitudes towards CV, and the value of CV, as well as providing some practical tips to help the Corporate Volunteering Network improve their offering. You can take the survey here.

Finally, I absolutely loved ‘How I lost my 25-year battle against corporate claptrap‘, an article in the FT earlier this week. ‘The exponential rise of guff in business shows no sign of abating…’

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