social enterprise

Social enterprise, characterised by organisations enacting a hybrid mix of non-profit and for-profit characteristics, is increasingly regarded as an important component in the regeneration of areas affected by social and economic deprivation. In parallel there has been growing academic, practitioner and policy interest in 'social value' and 'social impact' within the broader 'social economy'.

Guide to help commissioners who, in the Care and Support White Paper, will have a legal responsibility to promote a range of quality services that meet their community’s needs, to address the supply issue; helping them work with people and communities to create a local market place, inclusive of diverse and vibrant providers, with micro-enterprises at its heart.

It begins with a new Personalised Commissioning Model. The guide builds upon previous work from Shared Lives Plus.

For more story-based resources, see the Storybank.

Disabled micro-entrepreneurs are no longer waiting for job opportunities that don’t materialise. This New Zealand based pilot project was carried out as a proof of concept that such learning materials can inspire disabled youth to take charge of their career development. This idea is still at the experimental level. The project will develop these interviews into a core online curriculum for disabled youth to get inspiration from stories of unusual successes. 

Paper commissioned by the RSA to inform the development of a major new practical project it is considering.

It aims to set out a vision for RSA Transitions, a new model of community prison and “through the gate” provision which would be designed, built and managed around a culture of learning and social enterprise with the aim of rehabilitating people through increasing their capacity to work and resettle.

From April 2010 to March 2011 the Young Foundation led the Supporting Local Social enterprise action research project, commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government and the office for Civil Society. The aim was to support local authorities to better understand and develop their local social enterprise sector by working in 10 areas.