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On 26 September 2011 - 10:52am

SCA CEO Maria Mills helps Mrs Hazel Crockett, 100, cut the SCA 20th birthday cake

Staff, volunteers and members of the public had a fun day out at the Fenwick2 Health and Well-being Centre in Lyndhurst on September 10th to mark 20 years of SCA Group.

SCA Group Chief Executive Maria Mills helped 100-year-old Mrs Hazel Crockett cut a 20th birthday cake at the event. Mrs Crockett, from Lyndhurst, is one of SCA Group’s home care customers.

Visitors enjoyed ...more

On 25 September 2011 - 11:21pm

To be successful as a business, the possibility has to exist that you might one day lose. It keeps all businesses – including social ones – honest and focused.

Part of Craig Dearden-Phillips’ matter-of-fact reaction to the news that Central Surrey Health(CSH), the government’s favourite healthcare spin-out, have failed in a bid for a large new contract. As The Guardian‘s Patrick Butler explains, CSH have lost out in the race to land a £500million five-year contract to deliver community services in south west and north west Surrey with preferred bidder status ...more

On 25 September 2011 - 6:09pm

It feels to me that we’re at an important point in the discussion about UK public services.

While there are always debates about the role of government as a provider, there is an emerging question that cuts through all of this – How do we create successful public services when the country’s economy is in a ten-year plus dip?

And if we are to open up public service markets, which I think we must, are these to be more like free markets - or managed ones in which a new ‘social economy’ – to include mutuals and spun-out public services - are given scope to emerge?

The answers will shape just how the social enterprise and mutuals sector shapes up – whether we see a steep or gently rising curve in the number of people leading spinouts.

How does it look to me? Mixed. While the Coalition Government are happy to support the ‘supply side’ around this agenda– by priming the early emergence of these ventures – it is not apparent yet as to whether ...more

On 25 September 2011 - 11:13am

This week has seen some glorious cropping on the allotment, the highlight of which was my annual grape picking. To be honest I was late in picking my 4 kilos of grapes as I find I can only preserve one fruit per week. This week was the turn of my grapes which are a tricky one to preserve as they have to be picked through to ...more

Posted By In The Loop
On 24 September 2011 - 5:36pm

I’m currently doing some research on a project sponsored by the Office of Disability issues and I’m looking to hear about disabled people’s experiences in approaching and engaging with their MP or their staff. Your replies are treated in confidence and will help to inform the design and development of an e-learning project, aimed at increasing MPs’ awareness and that of their staff. No real names will be used. ...more

Posted By Nat Wei's blog
On 24 September 2011 - 6:22am

Starting this morning a group of civic entrepreneurs are getting together to raise money for Shoreditch-based charities by setting up a pop-up coffee shop.

Called Give Shoreditch, it’s running for 9 days continuously, outside St Leonard’s, the Shoreditch Parish church – the large, white building at the intersection of Shoreditch High Street, Old Street, and Hackney Road.

Smaller, more agile ways of raising money for causes that are closer to home and affect the immediate community are becoming more and more popular and increasingly important as larger pots of centrally administered money become scarcer.

So, if you’re in the area, volunteer to be a barista or get down there, have a cup of coffee and make a donation. Or have a look at the website if you want to know more or make an ...more

On 23 September 2011 - 4:05pm

In 1996, I wrote a paper for a class at USC.  The paper was called “Entrepreneurial Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurialism: The Mindset and Method of Progressive Philanthropy.”  It’s an interesting look at the thought at the time towards Social Entrepreneurship (in a time when even the terms were still being created!)

I no longer have a digital copy of the paper, but we’ve scanned the pages, and will be posting them here over the next few days.

See Part One

See Part Two

See Part Three

See Part Four


Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 23 September 2011 - 3:46pm

Now where would you judge social innovation but in a 17th century church!

The judging panel

The church

There has been a star judging panel and presenters, including the vice President of the European Parliament. My good friend Oliver Rothschild has come over to join us, though he , like me , has been rather wilting in the heat.

Of course with the wonders of technology you are never far from the UK news and so spent some time talking to The Times on the disgraceful new development ...more

Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 23 September 2011 - 3:27pm

Details below of the finditinbirmingham OCtober breakfast meeting — click the image to go to FIIB’s log-in page.


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Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 23 September 2011 - 11:58am

I’ve just been reading an interesting article in the online version of the British Journal of Photography about photographers who are turning to the immersive experience offered by iPad apps to get their photographic projects across. In a world where traditionally published photo books cost a small fortune both to produce (well) and buy, turning to the fundamentally different cost-model offered by apps makes sense. It also means that photography ‘publishuing’ isn’t restricted to just the biggest and most established names in the medium.

Having said this, however, some great names in photojournalism — such as Carl de Keyzer and Christopher Anderson, both of the ...more