Support for voluntary sector organisations interested in social enterprise


As the cuts take hold, interest in social enterprise from voluntary sector organisations is understandably growing. Like traditional voluntary sector organisations, social enterprises have a social or environmental mission, but the majority of their income comes from the selling of services or goods.

The following support is now available to voluntary sector professionals working in children and young people’s services, keen to know more about social enterprise:

  • 'An Enterprising Future' event - Birmingham, 22nd February 2012

This is a one-day event for voluntary sector organisations interested in social enterprise, as well as social enterprise start-ups.  Includes speakers and experts from the social enterprise sector, practical workshops on a range of topics from business planning to finance, as well as the opportunity to sit down for a one-to-one session with a specialist business advisor. 

  • ‘An Enterprising Future’ guide 

This new guide gives practical advice on accessing finance, winning public sector contracts, business planning, and evaluating impact.  It also includes the case studies of four successful social enterprises delivering children and young people’s services across England.  Click here to download the PDF. 

  • One-to-one Business Support

Social Enterprise UK is offering free one-to-one business consultation sessions for children and youth organisations looking at sustainability. Designed for organisations to discuss any business issue or support need with a specialist advisor.

For further details, visit the new Children and Young People’s Network on the Social Enterprise UK website.

Nick Temple, Director of Business & Enterprise at Social Enterprise UK, said:

“As local authority budgets are squeezed, and trusts and corporates are inundated with funding applications, we’re seeing greater numbers of voluntary sector organisations interested in trading to generate income.

“It requires a different approach, but operating as a social enterprise can really empower a staff team and enable employees to put their business ideas and skills to good use. It also gives an organisation the freedom to be much more innovative in service design and delivery, and means they’re less reliant on traditional funding streams.”

Overarching Strategic Partnership

‘An Enterprising Future’ – the event and guide - have been produced under the Overarching Strategic Partnership, a programme of work funded by the Department for Education (DfE), designed support the evolving economy and infrastructure of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector serving children, young people and families.  It will also share the best practice, expertise, learning and concerns of the sector with the DfE.

The Overarching Strategic Partnership is being led by Children England, and delivered in partnership with Community Matters, NCVYS, NAVCA, The Race Equality Foundation and Social Enterprise UK.