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Call for Nomination - Looking for Outstanding Social Entrepreneurs

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship is searching for outstanding social entrepreneurs.

Social entrepreneurs are innovators who implement practical and sustainable solutions to address problems in numerous areas including health, education, environment, access to technology and job creation. Whether they are set up as for-profit or not for-profit organisations, their primary focus is transformational social change through innovation.

The winners will join the Schwab Foundation’s community of the world’s most accomplished social entrepreneurs whose work focuses on public good creation – a community that shares knowledge and experience, exchanges best practice and winners can benefit from cutting-edge knowledge in social enterprise planning, management, as well as communications and other aspects that they identify as critical to their enhanced performance.

SEDA Catalyst Awards - apply by 16th June

The SEDA Catalyst Award consists of £5,000 cash and a 12-month development and growth support package. It's for established ventures that have great potential to make real, positive social change but need targeted support to grow and move to the next stage of their development. Find out more here

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

 

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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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.

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  

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.