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Social Enterprise Coalition Newsletter 09-10-2010

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Social Enterprise Coalition launches new membership package

The Social Enterprise Coalition (SEC) is offering up to 20% off the cost of its membership package for new members that sign up for two years before the 15 January 2011. New members can take advantage of the benefits and services that make up SEC’s offer, including a half price joining fee at City Car Club and cash back when signing a contract with CAN Mezzanine for office / desk space.

To find out more about the membership package visit the SEC website.

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Five weeks left to enter the UK Social Enterprise Awards

Organisations and individuals have five weeks left to enter the Social Enterprise Awards, the nationwide competition that celebrates the work and achievements of the UK’s most inspiring and successful social enterprises and people in the movement.  The awards are this year being sponsored by O2.

SEC has added a number of new categories to this year’s programme including awards to recognise a Social Enterprise Unsung Hero and an inspiring Social Enterprise Leader. There are seven categories in all.

The winners will be decided by a panel of expert judges and announced at an evening ceremony to be held at the Indigo O2 venue in London on 30 March 2011, following the close of Voice11 at the O2.

SEC is working with partners in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to organise the awards. 

Application forms are available on the website where you can also register your interest in Voice11.

The winning entry from Fordhall Community Land Initiative

England’s first community-owned farm wins national social enterprise photography competition

A community-owned farm in Shropshire has topped a public vote to become the overall winner of the ‘Social Vision: business at its best’ photography competition.

Fordhall Community Land Initiative (FCLI) was founded by siblings Ben and Charlotte Hollins in 2006 in order to save their father’s farm on the outskirts of Market Drayton from private developers. With the support of over 8,000 shareholders from across the UK and around the world, FCLI were able to purchase the farm making it the first of its kind in England.

Their winning snap shows a group of visitors enjoying a tractor ride through the Shropshire countryside during one of the farm’s public open days.

The runner up was Growing Well, a Soil Association certified social enterprise based at Low Sizergh Farm in Kendal, Cumbria.

The winning photograph is on display alongside the other finalists in a free exhibition at Lumen in Tavistock Square, London, until 7 January 2011.

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Office for Civil Society consultation on improving support for frontline civil society organisations

The Office for Civil Society is currently consulting on how to improve support for frontline civil society organisations. Questions focus on online services, forging links between small civil society organisations and business and large charities, fostering resilience, funding, and social capital. You can read the short consulation document in full on the Cabinet Office website.

SEC will be writing a response to the consultation and we want to make sure we tell the Government what would make a difference to you. To feed into our response, please contact Olof in the policy team at olof.jonsdottir@socialenterprise.org.uk.

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Online help for communities setting up post offices, as thousands of branches face change

The Social Enterprise Coalition and Consumer Focus have compiled a directory of 70 existing community post offices to assist neighbourhoods setting up their own branches, as well as helping those that already exist.

For more on this initiative read the press release in full here.

The website with the accompanying report can be found at http://communitypo.cflabs.org.uk

Latest policy news

Women on boards

The Social Enterprise Coalition submitted a response to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ call for evidence on Women on Boards.  More than 2,600 responses were sent to BIS as part of Lord Davies of Abersoch’s review into the lack of women in the boardroom.  Our response highlighted a key finding from the State of Social Enterprise Survey 2009 that social enterprises are a natural home for women entrepreneurs. We also pointed out that half of SEC’s board members are women.

Social enterprises and the Work Programme

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has completed the selection process for the Employment Related Support Services Framework. The names and contact details of the organisations selected as Preferred Suppliers may be of interest to social enterprises and can be found on the DWP site here. There is also a list of organisations, special purpose vehicles and consortia that submitted bids. The Work Programme will be the first contract to be called off the Framework.

Local Enterprise Partnerships

The Social Enterprise Coalition has developed a list of frequently asked questions on Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to help social enterprises understand how they can get involved.  LEPs will be joint local authority-business bodies in England to promote local economic development.  If there are other questions you would like answered, please contact jon.woolfson@socialenterprise.org.uk.

Transition Fund

A £100million Transition Fund to support charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises affected by public spending reductions is open for applications.  The fund is available to organisations with a turnover of between £50,000 and £10million, which have derived much of their funding from state sources. It will provide grants of between £12,500 and £500,000 to enable organisations to make the changes they need to become sustainable in the longer-term.  The Transition Fund is managed by the Big Fund, the non-lottery funding arm of the Big Lottery Fund. Applications can be made by visiting www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/transitionfund or calling: 0330 303 0110. The application process will close on 21 January 2011.


Rosie Boycott presents LEYF's Head of Children's Services Karen Walker and Lisson Green community nursery's Theresa Michel with their 'Good Food on the Public Plate' Award.

Early Years social enterprise receives ‘Good Food Award’ from Sustain

London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) was honoured with a prestigious ‘Good Food on the Public Plate’ award on Tuesday, 30 November, in recognition of its commitment to a range of positive initiatives.  These included buying seasonal fruit, vegetables and meat from a local, sustainable supplier, buying only organic milk, using only free range eggs and training their chefs to make best use of sustainable, healthy and fresh food.

The annual awards, presented at City Hall by Rosie Boycott, Chair of the London Food Board, went to 22 universities, hospitals and other public sector bodies in London that have made great strides to make the food they serve more sustainable by ensuring it is local, seasonal, Fairtrade or assured by an animal welfare scheme.

Karen Walker, Head of Children’s Services at LEYF said: “We’re extremely proud to receive such an important award.  It not only recognises the continually fantastic and resourceful work of our 14 chefs and nursery teams, but also shows the way for our children and their parents at such a critical point in their Early Years. It’s also a perfect complement to our recently awarded Social Enterprise Mark.”


Social Firms UK seek views of social enterprise

Do you work with either ex-offenders, ex-substance abusers or refugees/asylum seekers in England or Wales? If so, then Social Firms UK need to hear from you!

Social Firms UK is working with the Home Office on an important piece of work identifying social enterprises offering support services including training, development and employment opportunities to any of these groups.

Not only will this put you on the radar of the Home Office but they’re also putting together a skills transfer database to profile volunteers with key business skills that could help your social enterprises in some capacity. So get in touch and let them know you’re out there.

Please email with your contact details and Social Firms will get in touch: info@socialfirmsuk.co.uk

For more information: www.socialfirmsuk.co.uk


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Social Enterprise: Legal Structure

15 and 17 February 2011

The law firm Hempsons is delivering a free workshop on legal structures for social enterprise.

This event will:

  • Provide an explanation of the various legal forms available for use by social enterprises;
  • Explore what the benefits and drawbacks are of the different structures; and
  • Help you to explore what is right for your organisation.

The workshop will be running in Harrogate on 15 February and in London on 17 February. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-saved basis.

For more information or to book online click here.


Kath Locke

Careers in healthcare – a guide to working in voluntary organisations

New guidance for careers advisers on the opportunities for paid healthcare employment in the voluntary sector was published this week by Skills for Health and Skills – Third Sector.

Careers in Healthcare: A Guide to Working in Voluntary Organisations highlights the growing significance of voluntary organisations as dynamic providers of healthcare services and includes case studies of 15 voluntary sector providers such as Action for Blind People and St Johns Ambulance.

For more information or to download the guide click here.

Member profile

Outlook Care

Outlook Care is a not for profit organisation that provides care and support to people with a learning disability, those with mental health needs and older people.

The organisation, which was established in 1989, operates over 40 schemes in eight local authority areas across north and east London and Essex, and includes residential and nursing care, supported living, domiciliary care and housing management.




Advertise your social enterprise job here!

Advertise and search for jobs on the number one social enterprise job page. Social Enterprise Coalition members get great deals on advertising rates and it’s easy to get your job uploaded to allow you to focus on running your business.

For more information email James Yabut at james.yabut@socialenterprise.org.uk or visit our job page.

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