There’s no easy way to say this. This week’s Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You contains a swear word. I’m sorry. It’s not language that someone as polite as me would normally use, but it’s the name of an event that’s taking place so it’s made it in.
I’m only warning you because last time this happened people complained and management told me that I wouldn’t be allowed to write this anymore if it happened again. I think the word ‘unprofessional’ was used, and if you know me you’ll know that’s only half true. So delete this now if you’re likely to be offended, otherwise let’s crack on the news…
- Because it’s Friday, let’s go wild and start with something existential: What is strategy? Better let Jim Babb answer that one if you want a sensible answer.
- SSE Dartington are recruiting for their Green Entrepreneurship in Action course, which is run in partnership with Schumacher College. The course starts on 29th June 2015 and is a blend of a one week residential and a six-month online programme, helping entrepreneurs create an ethical enterprise. It attracts a truly international group of participants – last year 8 of the 15 participants were from outside the UK.
- Would you like £35,000? Then apply for Natwest’s Skills and Opportunities Fund. It’s open to organisations which ‘focus on a disadvantaged community within the UK or Ireland, helping people to learn new skills, get into work or start a business.’ You need to get your application in by next Friday (22nd May).
- Congratulations and good luck to SSE East of England Fellow and current scale-up student Naomi Marek and her organisation Sky Badger, nominated for this year’s Charity Awards.
- We’ve confirmed speakers for next month’s Sources of Funding workshop – come along if you want to hear funding tips from RSA, Trust for London, Trillion Fund, The Hazelhurst Trust and our Chief Exec Ali. It takes place at SSE London on June 10th.
- If you are working in the field of clean technology, Impact Hub Westminster want to hear from you, as their Impact Scholarship Class 2015 is currently open to applications – there are five places up for grabs.
- Some interesting opportunities if you are looking for somewhere to sell your wares. It Is What It Is offers people in Brighton aged between 16-25 the opportunity to take over their pop-up shop for a week, completely free of charge. If you are London based, ethical babywear brand Darlo will be hosting the inaugural ‘A Little Giving’ market in the North Yard of Camden Yard on June 21st and 22nd and are looking for social enterprises that would be interested in having a stall – email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like further information.
- Sigh. Here we go. The Before I Die Network are hosting their next social event on 20th May from 6.30pm to 10.30pm at Old St, London. The event is called Make Shit Happen. It looks like a lot of fun. (If you don’t receive this next week, you’ll know why).
- Student Hubs are looking for charities and social enterprises to take on interns for between 4 and 12 weeks over the summer. The interns will be students interested in pursuing a career in the social impact sector.
- Finally, applications for our Power Up programme close on Wednesday. The free programme is open to young people (18-30) years old who have been affected by gang culture, and social entrepreneurs of all ages who are leading social businesses that support young people affected by gang culture.