SE Folk Weekly Update (Mon 11th Oct)

Welcome to this week’s Founder’s Update, where we have news of the events coming up this week and next, but first our success in our pitch for support from the SEIP.

Social Entrepreneurship Incubation Program (SEIP)

Following a recent pitch to the organisers of the SEIP, students and lectures from universities across the world, I’m pleased to announce that we have been successful in secure 3 student placements with Be Inspired.  The students are currently studying Business Administration at degree level at a European University and will be supporting
myself and Gary in the coming months.  Our work together is going to focus on 3 areas;

  1. Assessing the social return on investment of our work supporting social organisations in the UK.

2. Understanding the potential of social prescribing and how we could be part of joining social organisations with social prescribers and link workers throughout the UK

3. Building our activities through November to celebrate social enterprise, Global Enterprise Week and Social Enterprise Day.

I’m pleased to welcome Miruna, Mihai and Costina to the Be Inspired team, and I’m sure you will get to meet them during their time with us.  You can find out more about SEIP here

This week

Tomorrow’s Founders Hour is a presentation from Jill and Alicia, from Ethical Education Enterprise based in the Greater Manchester Area.  Between them they deliver a number of services to charities and social enterprises covering health and safety, food safety, and safeguarding, so please join us to learn more about her work and potentially how she could help you.  You can find out more about Jill’s organisation here

On Thursday we continue our theme of Volunteers, with a focus on Volunteer recruitment, and we are joined by SE Folk member Jay from JCFT.  As Founder of the trust that runs many social community projects, Jay has been working with volunteers from the start, so has experiencing in the recruiting of volunteers before and during COVID.  Jay is going to share this approach and experience, and hopefully some good experience we could all gain.  You can find out more about JCFT here

Next Week

Next week SE Folk is opening its doors to members and non-members with another open speed networking session.
Alongside meeting members, it’s a great chance to meet other social leaders from across the UK, and hopefully across the world.  The event starts at 7pm GMT, tickets are available to members through the event page, but guest can also secure a ticket via our link here

Next Thursday we have dedicated a session on DBS checks as part of our Volunteer theme month.
Whilst DBS checks are usually needed for staff, it is also sensible to explore checks for volunteers as well, especially when working with young and vulnerable people.  I’m pleased to be joined by Karen Griffiths from Active Background Checks, who is running a session on the different types of DBS checks that exist and why you would be sensible to explore getting one for different roles in your organisation.  You can find out more about ABC here

Other News

I’ve previously mentioned our Resilience Program for social leaders.  The first group is underway, and I’m pleased by the early progress we are making with the group.  I have one more interview space left for the final group which starts week commencing 18th October.  If you know of anyone that is running a small social organisation and is struggling and considering stopping, then please sign post them to this link

Thanks to everyone who has recently contributed to our survey of the impact we are making and your thoughts on how we can keep growing.  Hopefully you have seen that we are already putting changes in place.

Look forward to connecting and chatting in the week ahead.



Co-Founder of SE Folk

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