No messing around: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

Slightly less glitz, glamour and razzmatazz in this week’s edition than usual – last week’s was too long and I also literally walked out of the office at 10.24pm last night so I’m a little tired and throwing this all together on Friday morning. Friday’s, of course, are all about doing as much as possible as quickly as possible so you can start focusing on the weekend.

So let’s get this done and start thinking about more important things…


Impact and Outcomes Matrix

I did warn you, no glitz or glamour. The Outcomes Matrix, developed by Big Society Capital, is a free interactive tool designed to help you plan and measure your outcomes. It ‘provides a useful starting point for you to consider the social impact that you are trying to deliver and how you will measure it’.

Find it here

SSE Training Survey

At least 75% of subscribers to this newsletter are yet to complete our 2019 Training Survey. Tut tut. What are you waiting for? It’s your opportunity to tell us the courses that you’d like to see us deliver over the next twelve months. According to the stats, it’s been taking 12 minutes on average to complete. Let’s say you live until 80 – if I’ve done the sums right it’s going to take up just 0.00002853881% of your time on earth to complete.

Which you can do here

Sources of Funding for Charities and Social Enterprises

Is the name of the next one day workshop we are running in London. Taking place next Thursday, ‘will leave the workshop with an understanding of the different income sources available to you, insight into what a range of funders are looking for and an action plan to develop new income streams’. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Book a place here

Job opportunities

SSE Dartington are looking for a Programme Administrator for their Accelerating Women’s Enterprise Programme. It’s a part time (30 hours) fixed term contract until July 2021 – if you are a highly organised, creative and energetic administrator then apply here by August 9th.

Meanwhile in London, our friends at Impact Hub Kings Cross are looking for a Financial and General Administrator. If you’re organised and love numbers and improving operational processes (who doesn’t?), check out the job description and apply here.

Trustee opportunities

SSE Fellow Jem Stein is recruiting a treasurer for The Bike Project, an award winning charity that matches up refugees and asylum seekers without the means or money to travel around the city, with the thousands of abandoned or unwanted bikes in and around London and Birmingham. The treasurer will support their growth as the current treasurer’s term comes to the end. Find out more here.

SSE Fellow Victoria Ijeh is looking for a Chair for her social enterprise Iconic Steps, which develops a growth mindset in young people so they can overcome barriers and take their first steps towards a career. ‘You should have excellent leadership qualities to step into the role of Chair, developing the Board and supporting the capacity of a small team doing big things, as it moves into the next stage of development’. Find out more here.

Five tips on starting a social enterprise, from Igniting Change in Lambeth

Our new programme, Igniting Change in Lambeth, is in full swing. The six-session learning programme supports individuals to develop their ideas for social enterprises tackling issues in Lambeth, South London.

Henna, SSE Central’s communications coordinator, went along to Impact Brixton to observe the second session of Igniting Change in Lambeth.

Discover what she learnt during the evening…

Action for Happiness @ Happy Startup Summercamp

On the weekend of 13-15 September this year, 150 changemakers will gather in the beautiful Sussex countryside for the 7th annual Happy Startup Summercamp. You’ll find inspiration all around, learn things you didn’t know about business (and life) and make incredible bonds with likeminded peers from around the world. And it’s not just for startups! Anyone that wants to make a positive dent in the world, and doesn’t want to do it alone is welcome…

Mention School of Social Entrepreneurs in your  application and you’ll be fast-tracked and get a £100+vat discount on a ticket for the weekend.

Find out more here

Business networking sessions across Suffolk and Norfolk

MENTA offer fuss-free business networking through our Coffee Means Business events, where all business sectors are welcome. Sponsored by Ensors, the events attract a wide demographic of business people. There is no need to book in advance – simply choose your networking location, date and time and pay £5pp on arrival.

Everything you need is here

DadFest 2019

Here’s a date for the diary. Join DadFest 2019 at Beeson, South Devon on September 13th – 15th – the only festival just for dad’s/male carers and their children. DadFest is also home to the Official World Dad Dancing Championships, featured on BBC The One Show in January 2018, as well as 5Live, Channel 5, BBC Spotlight and many other media outlets. The Dangerous Dad’s Network CIC is run by SSE Fellow Ian Blackwell and a social enterprise that supports each of the local dads groups around the country.

You can book tickets here

Cultivating Black Women for Social Change

Friend of SSE Palma Black is forming a socially conscious business which will support African Caribbean and Asian women who are trying to do something good in their communities, but are facing everyday challenges such as parenting, holding down jobs/unemployment, relationship breakdowns, mental health and dealing with grief.

To help get things going, Palma is conducting some research: she is seeking to engage with women who have made a success in establishing community projects, charities and social enterprises. She would like to hear about the personal and professional challenges that have had a negative impact on them and how they overcame them; what they did, who supported them and what made the difference.

Palma would like to conduct in-depth interviews with about 20 women, but will invite others to complete an online survey. It sounds really interesting – if you’d like to take part please email Palma:



Live from the Broom Cupboard (but no Ed the Duck): Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

“How do you think of what to write in your newsletter each week?” is a question I frequently get asked (at least once a year). I’d love there to be some sophisticated answer but it essentially comes down to this:

  1. Has anything interesting and amusing happened in the office this week?
  2. Has anything interesting and amusing happened in the world this week?
  3. If the answer to 1 and 2 = no, then fall back onto a bit of nostalgia. Everyone loves nostalgia (the positive type, not the Brexity type).

You can see where we going with this. So without further ado, let’s get stuck into this week’s theme: 80s kids TV shows. Always a popular topic of conversation, and I’ve even included a link to the theme tune for each so you can get stuck down a Youtube rabbit hole for the rest of the day. Apologies in advance, I got a bit carried away so it’s quite long. Next week’s will focus on brevity…


Why don’t you?


The theme tune lyrics of Why Don’t You were ‘why don’t you just switch off your television set and go out and do something less boring instead?’. This was pretty sage advice; for the most part, TV was terrible back then. Only four channels and during the summer holidays one of them would be devoted pretty much entirely to cricket. I grew to love the sport through indoctrination; I’m pretty sure I spent more time growing up in the company of Richie Benaud than I did my own father.

Anyway, if you happen to find yourself a little bored later today (you will do, probably around 4.30pm) then why don’t you do something less boring instead and complete our 2019 training survey. It’s your opportunity to tell us about the training topics that you’d like to see us cover in the future. You could even win a £50 John Lewis voucher for taking part. Ooooooooooooooooh.

Complete the survey here

(If you want to be really helpful- once you’ve finished the survey click this link and it will post the survey to Twitter. We want as many replies as possible, so thank you!)

Jimbo and the Jet-set


According to Wikipedia, the premise of Jimbo and the Jet-set was ‘that Jimbo was originally intended to be a Jumbo Jet, but his designer could not tell the difference between inches and centimetres, resulting in his diminutive size’. The first episode was broadcast in 1985, whereas the metric system was adopted in 1965 so you’d really hope that a plane designer would have got his or her head around it by then.

Fortunately such design flaws don’t apply to the fleet of Virgin Atlantic, which is good news for SSE Fellow Cemal Ezel and his social enterprise Change Please. Change Please provide education programmes and barista training for homeless people and will now be providing the coffee on all Virgin Atlantic flights, adding to their existing relationship with Virgin Trains.

Read more here

Press Gang


A TV show that was focused around a school newspaper, which very much makes it of its time. Kids probably just do everything on Tiktok (I know the name, I don’t know what it does) and Snapchat these days.

Fortunately, SSE still has a strong focus on quality media production (this newsletter the exception, obviously) and my colleagues have been busy away writing this week. First our head of comms Sophie has been chatting to some of the participants on our Enterprise Learning programme to unearth three ideas for how homelessness charities can increase income.

Not to be outdone, comms assistant Henna has a Glastonbury inspired post looking at five music and performing-arts projects that are changing lives. All five of whom are mercifully free of a Chris Martin guest appearance.

Postman Pat


They are still showing this now, my three year old occasionally watches it. I think it’s actually a commentary on the strength of the Communication Workers Union, because there is no way that in most workplaces someone can be as incompetent as Pat would not get at least a verbal warning. Should Pat get his act together, he may realise that perhaps his future lies elsewhere:

  • He could apply to be SSE’s new Director of Programmes and Learning. We’re looking for someone motivated by the impact social entrepreneurs, community businesses and social sector leaders can have in tackling society’s biggest problems, and energised by the role that learning and support can play in helping bring about transformational social change. You can find out more here.
  • Or, he could become either a Freelance Chef or a Progression and Engagement Officer at social enterprise Fat Macy’s, who work with young Londoners living in temporary accommodation and train them as chefs. Details of both jobs are available here.
  • Perhaps a bit of volunteering would be good for Pat. SSE Fellow Amani Eke is looking for trustees for Project Yogi, a not-for-profit organisation that creates yoga, mindfulness and social emotional well-being based programmes, classes and workshops. They are based in London, find out more here.
  •  Or maybe Pat would prefer to support Open Briefing’s work in advancing the physical, digital and psychological security and resilience of at-risk human rights defenders and humanitarians. It’s a bit of a step up from doing the rounds in Greendale but you never know. Open Briefing have a number of voluntary positions on their advisory board, whether you are an experienced board member or wanting to take your first step at board level. Further details here.

Blue Peter


Any readers have a Blue Peter badge at all? Tweet us @schsocent if you do, bonus points if you have a picture with it. It’s looks like it’s actually quite a decent thing to have, you can get into all these places for free.

Of course, one of the things that Blue Peter is most famous for is its garden. Did the garden inspire SSE Fellow Rachel Summersdale? I can only speculate, but what I do know for certain is that Rachel is looking to raise £200,000 in a community share offer for the Hulme Community Garden Centre. It’s a chance ‘to invest in a unique Mancunian urban oasis, to drastically improve its facilities and to increase its positive social impact’. It looks cool – find out more here.

Similarly green-fingered is SSE Fellow Steve Williams of the OASIS Community Centre & Gardens in Worksop, Nottinghamshire. They’ve just had a crew from BBC Gardener’s World film for a segment on the difference that community gardens make to individuals and to a community – it’s being broadcast on BBC Two tonight on BBC Two. You find out more about Oasis here.

Junior Kickstart


This was absolutely brilliant. Without wanting to get all “it was much better in the old days” I really can’t imagine a production meeting suggesting a show with kids whizzing around on motorbikes without proper helmets getting very far these days.

Anyhow, if you have a social venture working within the education curriculum with a focus on employability – working with young people to access, thrive and progress in their careers – then the Young Academy would like to hear from you. Their free Accelerator programme offers workshops, coaching, mentoring and more. It could be just the kickstart that you need…

Find out more here

He Man and the Masters of the Universe


I struggled a bit with this one. Let me explain my thinking: there is a book called Chasing Goldman Sachs: How the Masters of the Universe Melted Wall Street Down…And Why They’ll Take Us to the Brink Again. Goldman Sachs are a bank. Banks provide financial products. Similarly, Fair4All Finance is an organisation that aims to increase access to fair, affordable and appropriate financial products and services.

And now, Fair4All Finance is inviting affordable credit providers to submit expressions of interest to participate in a pilot scale up programme during the summer of 2019.

Which you can do here

Byker Grove


“Alreet PJ lad, are you going the Social Enterprise Acumen Social Entrepreneurs Summer Social?”

“Where’s that Duncan man?”

“3pm – 6pm at the Old Rectory, Houghton Le Spring on Friday 19th July. It looks canny”

“Will there be scran and drink?”

“Why aye man”.

“Haddawaay PJ, I’m going then”.

Book your ticket here then man

Home and Away


You can do social innovation at home, you can do social innovation away. You can even do social innovation at the Møller Centre at the University of Cambridge; they are hosting a three day Leading Social Ventures seminar for chief executives of medium to large social enterprises who are managing and leading growth and striving for increased social impact.

The course takes place at the end of October and costs £3000+VAT.

You can find out more here.

Glasto? No, no, no: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

If you’re reading this, I’m going to assume that you’re not going to Glastonbury (if you are reading this at Glastonbury, thanks but surely there is something more entertaining that you could be doing?).

Not going to Glastonbury is actually a major part of the Glastonbury experience. Hear me out: if you turn to the person next to you right now and say “not going to Glastonbury this year then?” you can then have an excellent five minute conversation which will involve at least several of the following points:

  • The BBC’s coverage is so good that you just prefer watching at home
  • You can’t imagine camping in a tent when it’s going to be 30 degrees
  • You’d need at least a week to recover
  • It’s too expensive and big compared to the 90s (when you didn’t go anyway)
  • It’s too commercial now and the lineup isn’t as good as it used to be
  • You prefer seeing bands in smaller venues. I mean the Killers are great but you preferred seeing them with eight other people in the Joiners Arms / Fibbers / Junction / Zodiac the first time round.

You won’t get a conversation like that if you’re there. I once made the mistake of not not going to Glastonbury and ended up at the festival. It really made me feel like I was missing out.

So sit back, enjoy this week’s news and take comfort in the fact that unlike the 200,000 people camping outside Pilton right now, you’re the one who made the right decision…


This is not just any Community Business Challenge

It’s an M&S Business Community Challenge. Opening for applications on Friday 11th July, it’s a partnership which combines skilled volunteers from M&S with grant funding from Power to Change, to support the community business sector. Upcoming programmes will be taking place in Bristol and Bradford; SSE is a partner of the programme and will be hosting some information sessions in the coming weeks for anyone interested in applying to the fund.

You can find details for the Bristol sessions here and for the Bradford sessions here.

Brand news part one

Your company doesn’t need a social purpose to succeed according to an article written this week by Aytekin Tank, the CEO of JotForm. It’s a good piece: “My company, JotForm, creates online forms. We’re not bringing clean water to developing nations or solving global poverty. Instead, we aim to make people and organizations more productive. We don’t have a social purpose—and that’s okay”.

You can read the article here

Brand news part two

Making many of the similar points as the article above, The Drum have looked at some of the best and worst examples of cause marketing. Basically it all comes down to authenticity, which is why I reckon you should come on our How to Create an Authentic Mission Led Brand workshop on July 11th.

You can book your place here

Boy zone

SSE Fellow Suzi Godson is currently is a finalist in this year’s prestigious Tech4Good Award for Connected Society with her app MeeTwo. As part of the competition they have created a crowdfunder to enable them to develop resources around self harm and suicide prevention for boys: 1 in 4 boys aged 16-24 self harms and boys who self-harm are 17 times more likely to die by suicide.

Suzi is looking for as many people as possible to donate anything from £1 up. It’s a serious issue but the rewards are fun – a day out with meerkats for two or custard bombing the MeeTwo co-founders.

Back the campaign here

From Boyz II Men

SSE Fellow River Hawkins is running The HUMEN Space, a free safe space for men to talk to maintain their mental health in central London every Monday at 6:30pm. The one hour sessions are for all men, not just those that are struggling; it’s preventative rather than crisis aid so that men can help themselves before they might reach breaking point.

The sessions are an anonymous and non-clinical and take place at 15 Bateman St, near Tottenham Court Rd and Leicester Square tube stations.

Find out more here

I’ve got a favour to ask

I’m going to be sending out the SSE training survey next week, our annual survey of the training needs for social entrepreneurs across all sectors. If you’ve got a newsletter that’s going out in the next couple of weeks and you’d be happy to include some details reply to this email and let me know and I’ll pop some text over to you and will then be eternally indebted to you. We’re looking for respondents from the social enterprise, charity, public and private sectors so don’t rule yourself out on the basis that you might not have the right audience!

All abroad

It’s been open for a while so I may have included this previously but I can’t remember and I’m too lazy to check (it’s Friday, give me a break) but the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust are accepting applications to the Churchill Fellowship. It’s ‘a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand your professional and personal horizons by researching an issue that you care about, with the global leaders in that subject, anywhere in the world’. Quite a few SSE Fellows have taken part previously.

Find out more here 

A capital idea

25 of London’s most dynamic community leaders are needed for Civic Futures, a new initiative from by Koreo, Dark Matter Labs, and The Young Foundation, in
partnership with the GLA. The project wants to build shared and collective wisdom from the civic society to help make the transition to a better future. If you are working on grassroots-led change in London (or want to nominate someone who is) they’d like to hear from you. You need to get in touch by 2nd July.

Which you can do here

 Banging our own drum

Some bits and bobs from around the SSE network:

First, huge congratulations to SSE Cornwall, who picked up Ambassador of the Year at the Cornwall Business Awards last night – and thank you if you took the time to vote for them. A well deserved award for the team. (Read more here)

Charles Rapson, CEO of SSE Midlands, has written a piece explaining how he’s facilitating conversations between social entrepreneurs and the police to tackle the region’s tragic youth crime problem. 17 SSE Fellows and students recently met with the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioning team, including commissioner David Jamieson. You can read more about it here.

Our head of comms Sophie Hobson has shared five tips to help you bring your impact story to life in a blog post for Good Finance, which you can find here.

SSE Dartington have just released details of Climate Action for the Social Economy, a three day programme taking place in Bristol this September. All business leaders in Bristol who want to respond to the climate emergency are invited to apply, which you need to do by 17th August.


Our friends at Paul Hamlyn Foundation are recruiting a Grants Manager (as in money given out, not managing a team made up entirely of people called Grant) for their Ideas and Pioneers Fund. If you have experience of supporting entrepreneurs and start-ups, ideally in the social change field – and a track record of helping individuals achieve their own growth and development objectives then they would like to hear from you.

The job is based in London, pays £33-£35k and the closing date is 15th July. Apply here.

Last but by no means least…

Finally, Lizzi Hollis of Richard House has begun compiling an excellent list of fundraising learning resources – it contains websites, networking groups, podcasts, social media groups and more.

Check it out here

Sticking its neck out: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

Happy World Giraffe Day. Are you doing anything special for it? If I’m honest, celebrations in the SSE office are somewhat muted, we haven’t even borrowed a giraffe for the day. People just don’t seem to put the effort in, which is a shame. Still I’m not going to let this dampen my mood so this week’s newsletter contains some “amazing” facts about giraffes that you can share with your friends, colleagues and family as you celebrate later. I’ll even throw in a giraffe joke for you to get things going:

What do you call a giraffe that can turn into a boat?

A girraft.

Enjoy the news…


There are no giraffes living in the wild in Cornwall

I really should charge you to subscribe to this newsletter. What you are essentially getting here is a free Open University course. It doesn’t even stop there, as I can also inform you that if you do want to see a giraffe in Cornwall you can see them at Paignton Zoo (you can even adopt one).

While in Cornwall, you might like to pay a visit to our school there. They are in the final few days of gathering votes in the Cornwall Business Awards and need your support.

Vote for them as Business of the Year here.

A newly born giraffe measures around 6 feet in height

Which is near enough the same size as our chief executive Ali. He’s just been named on PwC’s Inspirational 50 list, recognising 50 inspiring people in network who make a difference to the LGBTQ+ community.

Congrats Ali!

Giraffes can host webinars

Look, you can watch one just here. Where giraffes go, SSE follows, so we’re going to host a series of webinars in partnership with Lime Green Consulting. They start next Thursday and will be covering all things fundraising related. Good value too – £15 each or all five for £55. Find out more here.

We’re also running an online start up boost course for fledgling social enterprises that would like direction and clear sight on how to grow and flourish. The next course takes place over 3rd and 4th July and it’s £45 to take part. Bargain! You can make a booking here.

Finally on webinars, the Youth Endowment Fund hosted one last week to explain the support it will offer to community partnerships working with children at risk of being drawn into crime and violence. Grants of up to £200,000 are available. Find out more here. 

No-one has ever seen a giraffe swimming

Not sure about this one. Have they asked everyone? If you did see a giraffe swimming, would you immediately think “Hmm, not sure anyone has ever seen that before, I should probably let the giraffe facts people know”? A classic example of why it’s important to do the research when it comes to things like this, which is why I’m delighted that Social Enterprise UK are doing things properly with their UK’s State of Social Enterprise Survey 2019.

You can take part in hit here

Giraffes are vegetarian

Something that they have in common with our head of learning Ian Baker. When not chewing leaves, Ian has been busy summarising 22 years of SSE’s experience in an article for Pioneers Post: ‘Five insights into how social entrepreneurs learn‘. He’s not the only one whose digits have been pounding the keyboard – Our managing director, Nicola Steuer, explains why social enterprises might hold the answer to the charity sector’s diversity problem in this column for Third Sector (paywall). She’s also shared her views on how social entrepreneurs could be the saviours of British high streets over at New Start Magazine (again, behind a paywall). And we’ve been written about too – here’s MP Margot James covering the government’s Digital Leadership Fund and our Third Sector Digital Leaders course.

England footballer Peter Crouch is a fan of giraffes

As you can see here. Now, it’s unlikely that Crouchie will be playing for England in next year’s European Championship but if he’d like to be involved he could act as a volunteer next summer for the matches being played in London.

Or, if he’d prefer something of a career change but to continue using his sector experience then London Football Journeys are looking for Facilitators to lead London Football Journeys’ workshops at partner schools in Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Kensington & Chelsea in the 2019/20 academic year. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis until mid August.

Also recruiting are Green Schools Project, who are looking for a programme manager in London to help drive their growth. This is an opportunity for someone to be at the heart of a start-up social enterprise that is helping schools to develop a response to the climate crisis and get young people involved in protecting the living planet. Apply by 14th July.

Giraffes are the only animal I can think of that have a chain of restaurants named after them

I know there is also Tiger Tiger but I think we can all agree that’s more of a chain of bars that happen to serve food rather than a dining destination. Which is the best branch of Giraffe? I don’t know, I’ve only eaten at the one at Gatwick and the one of South Bank. I’ve heard good things about the branch in Manchester though (I haven’t, I’m making it up for this newsletter). If you’re from the area, perhaps you could eat there after you’ve applied for free workspace at The Federation, an office space looking to support early-stage social enterprises that are using technology and innovation to benefit communities in the UK.

Up to four desks are available for 12 months

Giraffes are very social animals and roam around in groups, called towers

A tower of giraffes, I did not know that. I’m pretty sure that sociable towers of giraffes are welcome at our Finding New Customers and Making More Sales workshop next Friday; I’ve read through SSE’s policies and can’t find anything that says otherwise.

A few more humans could be good too, otherwise I’m going to have to have some sort of awkward meeting with management about time spent doing giraffe research vs time spent doing other parts of my job description (which is largely focused on finding new customers and making more sales, ironically).

Book your place on the course here. You won’t regret it.

Giraffes have the biggest heart of land mammal

Weighing in at a hefty 11kg, compared with 230g – 340g in humans. But it’s what you do with it that counts, and us humans have the advantage there. Giraffes don’t create community businesses, for example.  Throughout June, SSE will be welcoming new cohorts across England to our giraffe free Community Business Trade Up Programme. We’ve put together a piece where you can meet some of the organisations creating positive change in their local areas, and discover more about the programme.

Read it here

“Giraffe” is pronounced similarly in almost every language except for Cherokee, which calls them “digalisdugisgi”.

This is interesting, I thought. I wonder how you say other things in Cherokee. So I typed the word ‘almanac’ into an English to Cherokee dictionary and discovered that the Cherokee for almanac is ‘nvda adelohohisdodi’.

You might not think that this is particularly useful, but if you do happen to find yourself  in south eastern USA speaking to a Cherokee you can alert them to the fact that NCVO have just published their latest version of their Civil Society Almanac, offering ‘insights on what voluntary organisations do, their income and spending, workforce, volunteers and the sector’s impact’.

Find it here

There are various theories as to why giraffes have long neck

Including: being able to access food other animals can’t reach, as an early warning system to spot predators and for fighting with other giraffes. Whatever the reason, it certainly allows them to stand out from the crowd.

And (wait for it…) a number of SSE Fellows have also been standing out from the crowd recently:

Christie Spurling was awarded an MBE for Services To Young People In Greater Manchester. His organisation N-Gage is a Manchester-based charity that gives young people at risk of educational or social exclusion opportunities and skills to achieve their full potential. Visit their website here.

Ann Johnson has been awarded a Queens Award for Voluntary Service for Forge Urban Revival, a social enterprise in Telford cafe / events space that runs events and workshops to engage the community, reduce isolation and to help people develop new skills and interests. Visit Forge’s website here.

Asha Patel, founder of Innovating Minds CIC, was the winner of the ‘Women Who Achieves for Social Enterprise’ award at the Women Who awards, recognising women in business and rising stars of the future. Innovating Minds delivers therapy, training and consultation to help people access education, training and employment. You can find out more here.

Licensed to thrill: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

Watch out world because I now have a driving license. Yep, in a frankly remarkable turn of events I this week managed to drive for 40 minutes without causing a serious incident and convinced the DVLA that I should be allowed on the road unsupervised. It’s all slightly terrifying; I did my first solo drive the other night and ended up botching a parallel park and basically leaving the car in the middle of the road.

Still, it does open up possibilities for a Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You roadshow. Just make sure that there a wide parking bays and I don’t need to get there via a motorway…

Enjoy the news



For Queen and country

Some fantastic news this week for SSE Fellow Annmarie Lewis, who has been awarded an OBE in the Birthday Honours List for services to ‘Young People in Youth Justice, Education and Entrepreneurship’. Annmarie is the founder of Rainmakers Worldwide, providing business support and personal development to young people from diverse and challenging backgrounds, primarily to create their own sustainable businesses.

Huge congratulations from everyone at SSE!


To your health

A reminder for health and wellbeing projects in either Lambeth or Southwark; we’re currently accepting applications to The Health and Wellbeing Trade Up Programme. We’re looking to support projects that either tackle childhood obesity or help to slow the progression from one long-term health condition to many, in working-age adults. (Our website gives you loads of example projects.)

On offer is a free learning programme, a grant of up to £10,000 and a support network of peers…

Apply by Tuesday 18th June



You’ve got until Sunday to apply to the Co-op’s Local Community Fund, which supports community projects near to Co-op shops and funeral homes (Co-op members choose the project that they want to support and then 1% of their spending goes to the project). Projects need to be working in one of three areas: helping a local community come together to save, build, fix or improve indoor or outdoor local spaces / supporting the mental or physical health of a community through wellbeing activities / helping people reach their full potential by developing their skills.

Find out more here



Next week is Digital Leaders Week, which according to the organisers is ‘the most inspirational week in the Digital Transformation calendar’. And who am I to argue with that? The most exciting thing in my calendar next week is a meeting with a bloke who might be ripping some shelves out in our kitchen. Anyhow, there are a whole load of events both online and offline around the country. I haven’t clicked on all of them but it looks like they might all be free.

Check them out


Story time

Also getting in on what I’m confidently predicting will be an ‘internet revolution’ are our friends at Good Finance, who are hosting a ‘storytelling for raising investment’ webinar on 19th June at 11am. The webinar will look at how to tell the perfect impact story to win over your audience when fundraising or raising investment. Which sounds useful.

Sign up here 


The Thick of It

Your eyes are not deceiving you. This may seem impossible to believe, but a political party has done something that isn’t related to either Brexit or a leadership contest. Somewhere in the dusty chambers of the House of Commons the Labour Party have been putting together their civil society strategy. It’s worth taking a look, although considering the current machinations in Westminster who knows if it will ever come close to being enacted…

Take a look here


In it to win it

A trio of awards are currently looking for entrants – someone has to win them, why can’t it be you?

Social Enterprise UK have fourteen categories to which you can apply, and as mentioned last week every shortlisted entrant in four of them (UK social enterprise of the year, international impact, women in social enterprise and education, training and jobs) will be offered a £1000 bursary towards attending the 2019 Social Enterprise World Forum in Ethiopia. Nominations close on 7th July.

Social Enterprise Scotland’s awards are also open until 7th July and in a strong demonstration of post Bannockburn harmony the winners of five of the six categories will win at ticket to Social Enterprise UK’s awards and be automatically shortlisted in them. Which I think means that you could win Scottish Social Enterprise of the Year, pick up a ticket for SEUK’s awards and qualify for a bursary to Addis Ababa and then win UK Social Enterprise of the Year. Probably worth entering.

Finally, the Blue Patch Sustainable Business Awards are open to organisations from across the UK. There are a couple of categories that could be of interest, including the Social Good Award, the Global Impact Award and the Sustainable Innovation Award. The awards are open until 24th July.


This is how you do marketing

We’ve got a couple of upcoming workshops at SSE London and availability on both. Working with Corporates next Thursday will tell you all about working with corporates, while Finding New Customers and Making More Sales on 28th June will explain how you find new customers and making more sales.


Pour les femmes

French organisation Empow’Her are currently running a study on women in social entrepreneurship in Europe and they need your help to better understand what difficulties you have met and what are your support needs. If you are a woman social entrepreneur interested in joining a European community of women changemakers then they’d love it if you could take a few minutes to answer this survey.


Food for the soul

SSE Fellow Helen James is looking for wellbeing focused social enterprises to join as speakers / presenters to join an online summit later in the year. The event aims to gather a like-minded group with lived experience of diet-culture and body stigma. Helen’s organisation Nutriri helps people accept, like and love their bodies, quit disordered eating and make nurturing self care choices.

Find out more about the online summit here



Finally, if you’re looking for something to read over lunch I enjoyed ‘How to take over your town: the inside story of a local revolution‘ by John Harris on the Guardian’s website this week. The tl;dr version is that local party politics is failing and community groups are stepping in to fill the void. It’s a v good piece.