Getting Your Message Across – a practical workshop for Social Entrepreneurs

Are your frustrated by a lack of response? Do you feel ignored?  Are people confused by what you do? We will give you practical advice and share experiences about effective communication. By leading you through the practical steps we will cover why, what, who and how. This will create a clear message for you to use. Through examples you will get to practise and go home enthused to spread your words and get the result you want. The Workshop will be facilitated by Nancy Radford so don't delay and book your place today. Large discount offered to Lead the Change Participants....
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Social Entrepreneurs Network – 22 October

The Social Entrepreneurs Network gathered once again Wednesday evening for a night focusing on raising finance for social enterprise. The night began as you would expect with time for networking with local social entrepreneurs to make new connections and catch up on progress since September's event. Sunderland based Afro Caribbean Place provided a selection of mouth-watering dishes for our guests including a particularly delicious peanut chicken dish we won't soon forget.  The jollof rice went down a treat as business cards, advice and encouragement were exchanged. Gill and Marj from Patchwork People Ltd and Labelled CIC followed by giving an insightful, humorous, and well received presentation telling their story transitioning from successful careers in schools, local authorities, and communities to the high street with the establishment of a social enterprise working with young people furthest from the job market.  The story of their social enterprise's inception, growth, and ongoing success is truly inspiring.  Since 2011 they have tripled turnover, reduced grant dependency, gained national recognition for their social impact and their ability to...
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Kate Delivers Social Enterprise Lecture @ Wakefield Girls’ High School

  On Tuesday Social Enterprise Acumen CIC chief executive Kate Welch delivered a passionate lecture about social enterprise at Wakefield Girls' High School.  She spoke about social enterprise's key role in bringing about social change in a sustainable way, promoting employment and strengthening communities.  After recounting her journey, Kate highlighted successful British social enterprises including female owned and operated Southampton-based 'Who Made Your Pants?' We hope to hear about Wakefield's enthusiastic students growing up to become successful social entrepreneurs in their own right. Read the school's full report here.  ...
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Social Entrepreneurs Network

    This week we launched the Social Entrepreneurs Network at our base The Sjøvoll Centre in Pity Me.  It was primarily an evening of sharing.  Attendees from County Durham and throughout the North East turned out to share valuable contacts, resources, and ideas, as well as their successes, challenges, and wisdom picked up along the way.  Among the attendees were people just beginning to explore social enterprise, social entrepreneurs one year, two years, and further down the line, and more experienced professionals who have managed larger organisations. After refreshments and introductions the group participated in a presentation and workshop led by SEA Chief Executive Kate Welch.  Kate provided an overview of her vision of the Social Entrepreneurs Network, which is to gather like-minded people who are passionate about social change and build a support network for social entrepreneurs at different stages of development. While what we now call "social networking" is an essential tool for social enterprise, the Social Entrepreneurs Network relies on the benefits of providing a physical space (the original...
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Dotforge Accelerator: Accelerating Social Innovation

Accelerating Social Innovation, Dotforge Accelerator’s conference on the role of accelerators in supporting social enterprise and social venture startups brought together leading voices from the U.K.’s social enterprise community and startup entrepreneurs for candid conversation, debate, and valuable networking opportunities.   Panels chaired by RSA Fellow Adrian Ashton, Dotforge’s Tobias Stone, Social Enterprise Acumen CIC’s Kate Welch, and UnLtd’s Steven Leach discussed the role and need for social enterprise, how accelerators can boost social innovation, inspiring the next generation to take on social enterprise and the strategies and barriers to social investment.  Creative enterprising solutions as varied as peer-to-peer postgraduate loan mechanisms (StudentFunder) to integrated Diabetes apps (We Love Life.) were showcased to demonstrate the breadth and versatility of social enterprise and its crucial role in the U.K.  Contributors from Canada, Mexico, and from across the U.K. reminded attendees of the importance of social enterprise across the globe and international partnership and cooperation opportunities. The conference opened with an address from Dotforge...
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Social Enterprise Profile: Paula McCormack – Meadow Well Connected

In the first instalment of our new Profile Series, we sat down with Paula McCormack, experienced facilitator, HR professional, coach, and currently director at Meadow Well Connected, a multifaceted community hub and social enterprise in North Tyneside. The purpose of this series is to showcase the people behind the dynamic social enterprise landscape in the North East and inspire other social entrepreneurs to make a similar mark and drive social change. Please tell us how did you get started? I started life as a graduate in management and chose a career in human resources. For my first five years in human resources, particularly in the North East, my job really was closures, restructures and reengineering. I saw the devastating impact that had on the NE, and how vulnerable the NE was to external investment. I did 10,000 redundancies in a five-year period. Then I went outside the NE and focused on professional services, returning to the NE in 2003, at which point...
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