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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

 

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.

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.