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Mental Health Awareness for Employers

Thursday 21st June 2012, 9:30am - 4:00pm

  Acas has launched its first guide to tackle the last taboo in business - mental illness at work. Are you unsure how to handle this situation in your workplace?

You won’t be alone as it’s a fast-growing problem, particularly with workers becoming increasingly concerned about their futures in the economic downturn. Costs to employers in London are an estimated £707million every year in lost production and replacing staff who leave because of mental ill-health. Costs to Britain are around £30 billion.

Mental health experts say that at any one time one worker in six will be experiencing depression, anxiety or stress problems. That works out at around 683,333 of the estimated 4.1 million employees in London.

But they calculate that employers in the area should be able to cut the cost by about a third by improving their management of mental health at work.

Payment by Results in Public Services

Monday 28th May 2012, 9:00am - 5:00pm

This crucial event brings together Central Government departments and pioneering frontline practitioners at the cutting edge of designing, delivering and piloting the new system of outcome-based commissioning set to transform the way the public sector deliver services.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from local areas already trialling new financial incentive models including Social Impact Bonds, Payment by Results contracts, the Innovation Fund and Community Budgets.

Attend to learn how driving forward Payment by Results initiatives is vital to deliver innovative solutions to social and environmental issues and significantly reduce costs to the public purse.

Organiser: 
Capita

Responding to Change: Social Enterprise Solutions

Wednesday 27th June 2012, 9:30am - 4:30pm

 “To change is difficult. Not to change is fatal.” Anon

We have gathered together a group of exciting presenters, experts in a number of areas relevant to the changing environment for social enterprise.

Mark Cook—Partner—Anthony Collins Solicitors Mark will be explaining the implications of the new social value bill and how organisations need to prepare to take advantage of this.

Jean Jarvis MBE—CEO—Shropshire Furniture Project Jean has recently been nominated for Social Entrepreneur of the Year and is going to share with us her experience in running a complicated social enterprise in the current climate.

Geof Cox—Freelance Consultant Geof is a very experienced advocate and developer within the social enterprise movement and he will be supporting organisations to understand how they might change and grow in this new environment.

Organiser: 
iSE

Training For Success: Social Enterprise Qualification on the Hunt for New Training Providers

Following the successful launch of the Real Ideas Organisation’s (RIO’s) Social Enterprise Qualification (SEQ) at the House of Commons in January, its developers are on the hunt for SEQ training providers who can help them keep up with demand, by training SEQ mentors to deliver the Qualification across the UK.

The first stand-alone international qualification in Social Enterprise, SEQ is a new way to recognise and encourage young people and adults working for positive social change. By focusing on learning through doing, the Qualification develops learners’ understanding and experience of social enterprise, so that with the support of vital SEQ mentors, learners can discover how to balance people, planet and profit for themselves.

Training For Success: Social Enterprise Qualification on the Hunt for New Training Providers

 Following the successful launch of the Real Ideas Organisation’s (RIO’s) Social Enterprise Qualification (SEQ) at the House of Commons in January, its developers are on the hunt for SEQ training providers who can help them keep up with demand, by training SEQ mentors to deliver the Qualification across the UK.

The first stand-alone international qualification in Social Enterprise, SEQ is a new way to recognise and encourage young people and adults working for positive social change. By focusing on learning through doing, the Qualification develops learners’ understanding and experience of social enterprise, so that with the support of vital SEQ mentors, learners can discover how to balance people, planet and profit for themselves.

Inspiring Communities

Thursday 31st May 2012

Award winning No Offence! CIC and Greater Manchester Police are working in partnership to bring you an event which will showcase successful community interventions but we will also be asking the questions, What else needs to be done? How can we inspire our communities to engage with us, take responsibility and work alongside us to provide innovative solutions which will reduce crime, lower reoffending rates and make our communities safer? A tough dilemma!

The 'Inspiring Communities' Conference will be hosted by Kate Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Peoples' Support Foundation, taking place on the 31st May 2012 at the Greater Manchester Police Training Centre, Sedgley Park Centre in Manchester.

Organiser: 
No-Offence CIC

Opportunities for employee ownership and social enterprise should not be missed by Remploy

remploy.jpgLeading sector commentator says opportunities for Employee Ownership and Social Enterprise should not be missed by Remploy

 

The Government announced its response to the Sayce Review this week (7 March 2012). Remploy has also responded and states that Government has accepted the recommendations of the Sayce Review.

Sally Reynolds, co-founder and former chief executive of Social Firms UK, says that she welcomes the initiative to change a model which has become outdated and unviable over time, but that valuable opportunities will be missed if a ‘straight closure approach’ is adopted. She says:

Responsible Business Convention

Wednesday 14th March 2012 - Thursday 15th March 2012

Responsible Business 2012 is a two-day, not-for-profit event developed through a strategic partnership between UBM and Business in the Community (BITC) consisting of the Responsible Business Exhibition and the BITC Responsible Business Convention.

Social Firms UK will be on stand 42.

 

Organiser: 
Business in the Community

Free consortia building events - More than the Sum

MTTS white black.jpgJoin NOMS (National Offender Management Service) at a series of FREE events on consortia building with the social enterprise sector.

“More than the Sum” is part of NOMS social enterprise programme to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in England participate in the delivery of services for ex-offenders by supporting the creation and development of consortiums.

Taking place in London, Bristol, Birmingham and Leeds, these events will:

• explain the programme objectives in more detail, • outline the time frame and actions • describe the technical and other support that will be offered to assist potential bidders. • facilitate initial networking opportunity • provide the opportunity to meet with prime providers and other specialists.

A European Spring? Shape the European Social Innovation and Social Business agenda

Thursday 15th March 2012, 9:00am - 5:30pm

 A European Spring? Shape the European Social Innovation and Social Business agenda

OCS Strategic Partners- Event 3 Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3EU

Date: 15th March 2012

The launch of the social innovation agenda in 2010 started a new era in the European Union, putting civil society in the driving seat of social and economic development. The Social Business Initiative reinforces Brussels’ commitment to this new agenda.

To tackle today’s problems we have to think differently. Europe’s Social Business Initiative looks to civil society for solutions.

This event will explore new opportunities for civil society organisations and social enterprises in the UK to engage with the European agenda to foster an enabling environment for the sector. This is your opportunity to take part and define the priorities for British civil society.