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Homelessness and Work - new guides

 Broadway, campaiging against homelessness, has produced a series of guides for service providers, homeless people and employers on starting, staying in and thriving at work.  The guides are based on the outcome of  research involving 50 homeless people over their first year in a new job.

The Guardian Charity Awards Launched

The Guardian Charity Awards 2013 in association with Zurich are open to UK social welfare charities that can demonstrate excellence and achievement in what they do. Eligible charities must also have been registered in the UK for more than two years and have an annual income of between £5,000 and £1.5 million.


Promote your Social Firm or Enterprise in Clinks' Directory

Clinks' Directory of Offender Services is an online resource containing information about hundreds of Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations working with offenders and their families.

The Directory can be used for signposting to vital services and connecting with others in a specific field or region. It's also a great way to promote your organisation to service users, other organisations and statutory sector staff, including those from prisons, probation trusts and local authorities.

Clinks is dedicated to promoting VCSE organisations working in the Criminal Justice System and so using the Directory is easy and completely free. Signing up to the directory is also the first step towards inclusion in the forthcoming Partnership Finder: a criminal justice supply chain and consortia directory for primes, commissioners and the VCSE sector.

UK Social Enterprise Awards launched

The UK Social Enterprise Awards 2013 are now open. This year there are 10 categories, some of which are new, plus an award that recognises five individual champions of the sector.

The Social Enterprise Awards celebrate the pioneering work of Britain’s social enterprise movement, businesses that are regenerating communities and changing lives.

The awards, now in their 15th year, recognise organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society, as well as the achievements of people working at the heart of the social enterprise sector.

This year there are 10 main award categories - with one particularly for employment and employability social enterprises.

Chris White becomes Social Value Ambassador

The Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd announced Chris White, MP for Warwick and Leamington, as the first official Social Value Ambassador on 13th June 2013.


Chris White will be working closely with local authorities and the voluntary sector to raise awareness of the Public Services (Social Value) Act, which came into force earlier this year and received cross-party support. This Act opens up more opportunities for social enterprises to deliver public services by ensuring that local authorities and other commissioners procure services with maximum social benefit for the community in mind. Chris will help encourage and oversee an improvement in the social, environmental and economic impact of public services contracts.

A Social Apprentice

Last week Social Enterprise UK and leading social entrepreneurs launched The Social Apprentice Campaign, calling on the BBC to host a new type of business show that recognises the work of social enterprises.


They kick-started the campaign with a letter to BBC One's Controller, signed by John Bird MBE, founder of the Big Issue, and Jerry Greenfield, of Ben & Jerry's.

Media coverage was widespread, with the letter featuring in TV production and business titles, and on The Guardian website.

New Report says share Social Impact Methodology

A new report by Inspiring Impact says that charity organisations should share the methods they use to report their effectiveness.

The report outlines eight principles on impact reporting that Inspiring Impact to implement, including taking responsibility for impact, being honest and actively sharing impact plans with other organisations.You can read the full report here

Santander Launches 2013 Social Enterprise Development Awards

Santander’s Social Enterprise Development Awards open on 3rd June with an increased number of prizes available this year for social enterprises seeking a financial boost to help them expand.

The scheme offers social enterprises the opportunity to win funding and business support to help them grow and increase their social impact. The Awards feature three prize funds - £50,000, £20,000 and £10,000 - dependent on turnover, for organisations working to improve social inclusion, support employment or create a greener environment. Following the success of last year’s programme the number of awards has been increased to enable a greater number of social enterprises to be supported in 2013.

Opportunities for organisations working with offenders and reducing crime.

 A new £6 million  investment and contract readiness scheme has been launched specifically for organisations working to reduce re-offending. The government has announced that it wants to introduce a payment by results scheme in this field, and the new scheme will provide tailored technical expertise and support to organisations who have the potential to grow to be prime contractors, or who want to grow and be part of the supply chain. Other conditions are that applicants need to be bidding for public sector contracts to a value of £500K and grants up to £150K. Social Investment Business are organising the scheme. Ring them on 020 7842 7788 or email


Volunteers Week in England 1-7th June

Social Firms and other Work Integration Social Enterprises are about employment and employability, and for some people, volunteering is a safe way into test the world of work.  And some organisations rely on skilled volunteers to help the business develop and succeed. And of course, the Board of Directors will be made up of volunteers.

The first week in June is Volunteers Week in England, and the KnowHow Non Profit Study Zone has resources to help you define volunteer roles, attract great volunteers and get the most out of the relationship for both of you.

Find out more here.