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Providing Employment And Training Opportunities For Offenders

Background

Low qualifications and lack of employment are recognised within the Government’s strategy for Transforming Rehabilitation as key social issues related to re-offending.

Some local areas have already developed social enterprises as one way to overcome barriers around the employability of ex-offenders. However at the time of writing there is currently very little that brings together learning or examples of effective practice to assist others in doing this.

Recognising this gap, the Home Office commissioned a short term programme of work undertaken in February and March 2013 by Clinks and Social Firms UK.

Providing Employment And Training Opportunities For Offenders

Background

Low qualifications and lack of employment are recognised within the Government’s strategy for Transforming Rehabilitation as key social issues related to re-offending.

Some local areas have already developed social enterprises as one way to overcome barriers around the employability of ex-offenders. However at the time of writing there is currently very little that brings together learning or examples of effective practice to assist others in doing this.

Recognising this gap, the Home Office commissioned a short term programme of work undertaken in February and March 2013 by Clinks and Social Firms UK.

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Join The Social Economy Alliance

Arm yourself with their new campaign pack in the run up to the local elections in May.

The Social Economy Alliance is a new voice on the economy. It is made up of organisations including social enterprises, co-operatives, universities, housing associations, crowd-funders, social investors, think tanks and charities. It is campaigning to create a more social economy in the UK - one that better supports people and communities. It believes social enterprises and cooperatives hold many of the solutions to our biggest economic and social challenges, but they need government backing. It is calling on for all the main politicial parties to support the social economy by building our recommendations into their manifestos.

Find out more here

 

Social Firms UK membership application form

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Social Enterprise and Housing Conference and Exhibition 2014: London

Wednesday 26th March 2014

 This event will be a great opportunity for social enterprises and housing associations to meet and network with new partners, hear from leaders and pioneers in the field, share learning and good practice, and do business with a range of organisations in the exhibition. You can:

share learning from across the sector and form new partnerships; assess procurement opportunities and risks; discover the different finance sources available for social enterprises;evaluate the challenges of social value as a criteria within procurement.

More information here  

Organiser: 
The National Housing Federation

National Consortium of Social Enterprises - free regional events

Tuesday 12th November 2013 - Thursday 12th December 2013

 Are you a social enterprise working with offenders?  Then you need to book a place at one of the free regional events for information about the National Consortium of Social Enterprises and the business opportunities it offers. For more information about the consortium click here.

Vulnerable and Disengaged Young People - Apps by 6 December

 The Vulnerable and Disengaged Young People Fund, from the Cabinet Office Centre for Social Action, has up to £2m to help grow ambitious social action programmes to support England’s most vulnerable young people. Find out more details here. The Fund will focus on improving the outcomes of society’s most vulnerable young people, including academic performance, work outcomes, reducing reoffending and improving health outcomes. Proposals can be from social action based projects supporting young people as well as those that involve social action opportunities for young people. Applicants can either apply for funding for new projects or to further develop existing programmes. Voluntary, community organisations and social enterprises can apply.

Finance for Social Enterprise Growth

Wednesday 20th November 2013

 This event is for established social enterprises and social firms that are seeking to grow. It will cut through the hype about social investment and provide a practical overvew of different financial models that can finance growth. It explores the range of different equity and debt solutions that relate to different levels of risk, with a series of presentations and case studies.

 The seminar will help participants assess how different financial tools can be used to raise investment to support growth including: working capital, debt finance on suitable terms for asset acquisition; and equity and quasi-equity to support PBR-contracts; and to manage and share risk to improve effectiveness. Participants will have the chance to ask questions and network throughout the day.

Who should attend? Senior staff of social businesses responsible for raising capital  and others interested in the growth of social enterprise. growth of social enterprise.

Good Deals 2013

Wednesday 6th November 2013 - Thursday 7th November 2013

This key social investment conference is great if you're looking to attract new investment, scale up your enterprise or need tips on how to manage in tough times. Most of all it is a brilliant opportunity to connect with other charities, enterprises and investors in the scene.

 It's a jam packed two days; with practical workshops, thought provoking discussions, inspiring speakers such as Sakena Yacoobi and Tim Hardford and a celebration of female leaders in social enterprise.

To claim your special 20% discount  click here and type in the promotional code: SF13

Organiser: 
Matters and Co

Staying well with bi-polar

 To mark World Mental Health Day, Rethink - the organisation campaigning for and supporting people with mental health problems - has published  "Staying well with bi-polar". It's based on interviews with people diagnosed with bi-polar and their friends, family and carers and the research was carried out by a team made up of people with experience of mental health problems and academic researchers.