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2014 SFE CEFEC Conference - Nova Gorizia

"1914 – 2014 from the Europe of WW1 to Social Europe” to be held in Gorizia/Nova Gorica (Italy/Slovenia) from May 28 to May 31st 2014.

Legacoopsociali in partnership with Social Firms Europe-CEFEC, Arcobaleno social cooperative, ŠENT Slovenia, SEA and Alleanza delle Cooperative Italiane cordially invite you to participate in the 27-th Annual European Conference of Social Firms Europe, CEFEC 2014 entitled

The 2014 Annual Conference of Social Firms Europe CEFEC will be an excellent opportunity for policy makers, social entrepreneurs, academics, social economy researchers, market and industry analysts, government officials, NGOs and professionals in the field of social economy, the international and national community to discuss and debate on the topic of Social Europe 2020: the development of Social Business Initiatives and the legislation in the field of social enterprises.


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


Finance Administrator required by Connection Crew - immediate start

Social Firms UK Member Connection Crew seeks a Finance Administrator

Salary: £18,000 - £25,000 depending upon experience plus pension scheme


Connection Crew is growing fast and need a new full time experienced Finance Administrator to join them in their London office near Tower Bridge as soon as possible.

As a Community Interest Company, Connection Crew (CCCIC) successfully marries industry leading performance with strong social outputs. At least 25% of our work is undertaken by ex-homeless individuals and profits from trading go to Connection at St Martins charity for the homeless. Not only does CCCIC operate at the highest level in the event industry, it is highly regarded and widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading social enterprises.


SFUK Member Building Lives - Winners For Most Innovative Training Programme

Building Lives were exceptionally proud to be announced Winners for Most Innovative Training Programme at the The Housing Innovation Awards on 07 Feb 2014. These awards celebrate everything innovative in the UK housing sector and are the only awards to focus solely on genuine enterprise in the sector.


The 2014 winners were announced at the annual gala dinner on 06 February 2014, where housing’s most enterprising professionals had converged on London’s Grand Connaught Rooms to enjoy an evening of awards, networking and entertainment.

Berkeley Homes North East London were sponsors of the Most Innovative Training Programme Category. John Sanders, Head of Construction was delighted to present the award to Building Lives team, and the Building Lives team were over the moon to receive it! :)

New Information Hub for Offenders

 Unlock have launched their new Information Hub, which aims to be the country’s most comprehensive source of online self-help information on wide range of issues that criminal convictions can affect. Through the Hub, people with convictions will now have access to easy-to-use information that is specifically designed for them. Find out more 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.

Congratulations to the SE100 winners !

Patchwork People, P3 and Right Track are sharing £25K in prizes having been recognised as top performing mission-led businesses in this year’s RBS SE100 Index - the online listing of social ventures, ranked and scored according to their growth and social impact. These top performers have been selected from over 1000 organisations listed on  RBS SE100 website.

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. 

Human Lending Library for Social Entrepreneurs

 Do you want an hour's expert advice from a leading entrepreneur? For free? The British Library in London is hosting a new initiative linking social enterprises with business experts, including Nigel Kershaw of the Big Issue. Run by Expert Impact, you can find out how to apply here  

New training programme for young disabled people

The government has announced 2 new programmes for 16 to 24 year disabled people to gain work experience .  For people with complex learning difficulties and disablities the Supported Internship scheme will offer real work experience and support from specialist coaches, who will also supporting employers to become more confident about employing young people with disabilities. The Traineeship scheme will offer young people with less complex needs workplace experience and the chance to develop skills that employers need. Read more here.