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ALTITUDE High Ropes Adventure is a great outdoor activity for kids, families, birthday parties, schools and team building events; an outdoor aerial challenge that’s great fun, gets you active and builds confidence. They are part of BH Live, the south coast’s leading operator of leisure and event venues; a social enterprise that designs and builds engaging experiences to inspire people and enrich lives that operate 17 venues and attractions across the south of England.
Brighton Sailboat Project is a Workers’ Co-operative (registered as a Community Interest Company) established in 2009, which provides a range of learning activities based around sailing. They widen access to the sea, offering sail training onboard, navigation training on land, using these activities to increase confidence and a sense of wellbeing in marginalised coastal communities. The Sailboat Project builds relationships with individuals and organisations who are, or who work with marginalised people, helping them to get the most out of the activities and opportunities they provide.
Community Shop is the UK’s first social supermarket chain, founded in 2013. Based in some of the UK most low income communities, Community Shop gets good food at great prices, to people who need it most but can afford it least. The stores are stocked with donated surplus food and products from retailers, manufacturers and brands – all which would otherwise go to waste.
As well as a shop, the stores comprise of a Community Hub for mentoring and Community Kitchen for cookery courses. In these spaces each member accesses the Success Plan, a tailored pathway of personal support to help them achieve their potential. The Community Shop revenue funds this activity, fulfilling the vision to be about more than just food and create strong individuals and confident communities.
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Café INDIEpendent in Scunthorpe is a coffee and music house by day, and an arts venue by night. They host a variety of events, including art exhibitions and installations, fayres and fetes, comedy, spoken word, theatre, pop-up suppers and film screenings, as well as renting out their space for wedding receptions, birthdays and functions.
Underpinning everything they do, they are a project for disadvantaged young people. Every penny you spend there gets re-invested into the community of wonderful things.
The Eden Project is an educational charity and social enterprise, creates gardens, exhibitions, art, events, experiences and projects that explore how people can work together and with nature towards a better future.
You can also check out community business, the Jubilee Pool in Penzance, an Art Deco lido on the Promenade!
Halo Leisure Centre – Halo is a registered charity and social enterprise running 22 sport and leisure centres throughout Herefordshire, Bridgend County Borough, Shropshire and Swindon on behalf of the local authorities.
Their profits are reinvested back into the facilities allowing them to keep costs low and offer outstanding value for money across Herefordshire. Users are helping to sustain leisure activities for everyone across the county to enjoy – from pre and post natal exercise classes, babies in the ‘Swim-A-Song’ sessions, specialist exercise classes for people with MS, to toddlers at Gym Tots and to 55+ group exercise classes. They also share their expertise with developing operators such as the Point4 at The Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford.
FRANK Water is a safe water and sanitation charity with its own social enterprise FRANK Water Ltd. Which exists to raise funds and awareness for the charity. Since 2005 they have provided clean drinking water and sanitation to 386,500 people.
Find FRANK Water’s plastic bottle waste reducing festival refill service at music festivals throughout the UK this summer! Including; Cornbury, Larmer Tree, Bluedot, Camp Bestival, Bestival, LakeFest, Greenman, Beautiful Days, Shambala, End of The Road, The Downs, Tokyo World.
Based in Bristol Docks, Bristol Community Ferry Boats offer a fleet of five ferry boats to help local people and visitors get around the city quickly and discover the historic waterways. Alongside running a timetabled ferry service an impressive 365 days a year, they improve the lives of local people. They help young unemployed people train as skippers and crew members, and combat social isolation felt by many elderly residents by providing a safe space to come together.
Chiltern Rangers is a social enterprise working with local communities to provide practical habitat management of the woodlands, chalk grassland, commons, ponds and chalk streams in the Chiltern’s area. Join them this summer and improve your health and well being by volunteering to maintain the local nature reserves and woodlands for your community – it’s a really rewarding way to help your local community and wildlife at the same time! Find out more here.
The Gardeners Rest is a traditional local pub serving real ale and hosting regular attractions such as live music, pub games and community activities to keep their loyal customers coming back. As a community owned pub, it offers employment and training opportunities to people who may never meet the person specification for any conventional job, but who are desperate to play a meaningful part in the world of work. This includes people with learning disabilities, people with mental health issues and people on the autistic spectrum.
In this area, you could also check out… Stitch-Up is dedicated to teaching, showcasing and promoting yarn craft in a modern world. You can learn a valuable new craft skill from a collective of talented and local makers and designers by taking part in modern, fresh and exciting workshops, events and community projects for all ages and abilities. They reinvest their profits back into community projects and supporting makers, therefore with every workshop ticket you buy, you are supporting people in need of extra support in Leeds to live a happy, healthy and creative life.
Hill Holt Wood is a woodland open to the public every day. You can visit the wood at any time – and drop into the Hive Café on a Sunday for some warming tea and home-cooked food! Hill Holt Wood operates in the community to provide a wide range of different services, from education and training to 14-19 year olds, adult education courses in the woodland, countryside and forestry management to the provision of “green space” at their other sites for those suffering from mental health issues.
The Wood Hall, a magnificent building at the heart of the woodland, is also available for hire for weddings, parties, corporate events and social functions.
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Lincolnshire’s Stamford library operated by GLL is a social hub, bringing together like-minded people to exchange ideas and skills in a friendly community setting where they can indulge their hobbies and crafts.
One popular group is the Friday morning Knit & Natter – who have created ‘Twiddlemuffs’ dementia-friendly accessories for patients at Grantham Hospital that pleasantly occupy busy hands and fingers. Visitors and new members are welcome. Find out more here.
Blackburne House was the home of the first girls school in the country and it remains a women focused enterprise to this day. To support their educational mission they provide a successful collection of social businesses to visit including the Bistro, serving a locally sourced and seasonal menu, The Quaker Meeting House Cafe, serving a vegetarian and health lifestyle menu, and The Health Place, a women’s only spa and wellness centre.
Blackburne House also provides affordable training courses through their educational function, The School for Social Entrepreneurs, and affordable childcare through the Blackburne House Nursery.
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The Sewing Rooms runs a wide range of exciting courses in upcycling your soft furnishing/clothing, covering a chair, making your own vintage dress or developing your own pattern. The courses are suitable for beginners as well as the more advanced sewer! All profits or donations made to The Sewing Rooms supports their work to improve people’s life chances and the wellbeing of their community. They provide training and employment opportunities in textiles and upholstery manufacturing for groups and individuals who may be isolated, long-term unemployed and at risk of developing mental health problems.
Urban Growth provides education, employment and environmental transformation services and supports vulnerable people into rewarding work and healthy lifestyles through improving and maintaining outdoor spaces in London.
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A Social Enterprise restaurant and bar near London Bridge that supports the Beyond Food charity. We help people affected by homelessness to develop skills and motivation for meaningful employment.
A social enterprise based in Colchester that empowers tomorrow’s entrepreneurs by selling great tasting artisanal coffee. They employ people who need a break, young people at risk of dropping out of education or the disadvantaged who need a second chance. They coach their employees over one year and teach them on the job how to run their own coffee cart. Coaching them over one year to become self-sufficient business people, equipping them with both business and barista skills.
Fat Macy’s is a catering social enterprise that works with young Londoners living in temporary accommodation, providing a pathway from hostel to home through culinary pop up events across the capital.
Run by Sencio Community Leisure, Lullingstone Park Golf Course offers players of all ages and ability the opportunity to learn and play golf amidst some of Kent’s most spectacular countryside views. Sencio is dedicated to providing fun and inclusive sports facilities to its local communities, and takes pride in watching young people entering the sport of golf and improving as they learn and practice. To encourage more to join at grass roots level, Sencio offers under 18s the opportunity to play for free during school holidays in 2018, as well as 1-to-1 and group lessons. Its special school holiday promotion offers an affordable activity where juniors can enjoy quality time with an accompanying adult while enjoying the benefits of physical activity in the fresh air.
Furzey Gardens is a social enterprise of Minstead Trust. The gardens are open to the public throughout the summer and visitors can enjoy exploring secret paths through our informal woodland Garden. The Gardens also hold a secret, there are around 35 fairy doors to discover, hidden throughout the gardens.
Furzey Gardens and the plant nursery on site offer opportunities for people with learning disabilities to work in the gardens and learn horticultural skills.
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Hilsea Lido in Portsmouth is just a 30 minute hour drive from Furzey Gardens. The lido was close to being flattened by the local authority in 2008 but was saved by the community and re-opened to the public in 2013 after vigorous campaigning. As well as providing a historic and much loved leisure facility the Lido also provides opportunities for employment, training and provides social cohesion to a deprived part of Portsmouth. Hilsea Lido was funded by Power to Change through the Trade Up programme with SSE.
Stretford Public Hall offers a number of exciting and affordable community activities to get involved with this summer. Wellbeing Tuesdays offers regular Yoga, Chairobics and Meditation classes for all levels. The Stretford Singers community choir is open to newbies, all backgrounds and musical levels for pop, rock and folk music. Creative Thursdays has dropped in textiles and art classes for adults, as well as art courses for children. The Community Cinema runs every couple of months with the big screen taking over the ballroom on Saturdays nights for the adults and Sunday afternoons for the kids!
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Withington Baths is an affordable sport facility providing children’s swimming lessons, pool parties, personal training sessions and a sensory garden!
They also host regular one-off events such as the ‘Wet Sounds’ Festival with live DJ music played through the pool and ‘The Great Get Together’, an age friendly garden festival with music, food and craft activities.
Withington Baths & Leisure Centre is run by the community, for the community, providing an affordable sports facility for the elderly, families, students and those on low incomes.
Better Extreme at Newcastle Trampoline Park and Gym on West Road will keep your kids jumping throughout the holidays, with general sessions every day for all the family to enjoy. They also have inclusive times for toddlers and autism-friendly sessions so everyone can get their bounce on in a safe, friendly environment this summer.
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Sunderland Homegrown is a commercial nursery and garden centre in the heart of Thompson Park. The income generated from sales, whether through the garden centre or the plant nursery, is reinvested into offering work placements and internships to young people with learning or behaviour issues from Sunderland College. Drop in for a wander around the facilities or buy some of the products they have on sale!
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Star and Shadow is an open-to-join co-operative housed in a newly refurbished building. They are dedicated to hosting dedicated to grass roots cinema and music events and have an exciting and varied programme throughout the summer. Either attend one of their performances or contribute something yourself!
The Alnwick Garden is an extraordinary contemporary pleasure garden, tourist attraction and community charity. They have a huge range of activities for the kids to get involved in including street theatre on every day of the holidays, adventure golf, music performances and the garden is staying open late (see web site for more details).
Families will also love the new Giant themed trail in The Garden, with new and exciting Giant installations, including Mr Giant bathing in the pond, Mrs Giant’s washed underwear on the washing line, and massive deck chair to name a few. To help make the experience even more interactive The Alnwick Garden has launched a free Giant Adventure augmented reality app. to get some great family shots for social media, download it before you go!
All profits are reinvested into improving the garden and supporting their community programmes that help to tackle local loneliness and improve the wellbeing of the ‘Elderberries’ in the area.
South Tynedale Railway Preservation Society has run and developed the railway as an incorporated society since 1983. They run trains run daily, as well as putting on special events such as Travel with Teddy Bears. All of their profits are re-invested into preserving the railway for future generations to enjoy. As England’s highest narrow gauge railway, this scenic view of the North Pennines is the perfect family day out!
Playworks delivers open and free access Play Sessions across the City for children, young people and families, along with free drop-in Scrap Saturday Sessions. They also provide affordable and recycled resources through the ScrapStore and the Art Shop to fund your own familiy play sessions!
PlayWorks, aims to improve the quality and quantity of Play provision for children and young people in Nottingham. Play is an essential part of a happy childhood and is vital for children’s development. It provides the opportunity to explore the world around them and learn practical communication skills.
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Laughing Matters delivers courses and workshops in the creative process of writing humorous material, developing confidence, positive audience feedback, harnessing negative energy into positive output. Individuals that take the course benefit from increased confidence, self-esteem as well as improved well-being and personal development.
Arts at the Old Fire Station is a charity and social enterprise in the heart of Oxford, offering a range of performances and exhibitions for everyone, support for emerging artists and enterprising ways to sustain and develop art. They have a Shop selling original artwork, a Gallery, a Theatre offering music and drama, a Studio for dance, and Workshops for artists to make work.
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Turl Street Kitchen Turl Street Kitchen offers relaxed eating and drinking with a focus on great local produce and independent drinks makers. Turl Street is a social enterprise with all profits going towards supporting the work of the Oxford Hub, their sister charity based upstairs in 16-17 Turl Street.
Tap social is a craft brewery and community space which provides training and employment to people currently serving or recently released from prison sentences. Their brewery taproom and event space is open regularly with all of their beers on tap and is host to a range of community events including live music, arts and cooking performances, charity fundraisers, yoga, brewing and business conferences, festivals and award ceremonies.
Adrenaline Alley – If you’re feeling brave around Peterborough you can try out one of Adrenaline Alley, the largest skate park in the UK. Adrenaline Alley aims to expand their thriving centre for urban sports and community use, bringing change that makes a real difference to people’s lives, and provide opportunities for other communities to develop social enterprises in the same way.
Stop off to stock up on all your locally sourced groceries for your #SocialSummer2018 picnic from this community owned shop. Benefitting the community is at the heart of everything that the community shop does.
Devonport Guildhall and Column date from the 1820s and are open to the public to visit as well as a venue for conferences, events, weddings and entertainment. You can download a free audio tour and discover life almost 200 years ago, or climb the 137 spiral steps of Devonport Column and enjoy stunning panoramic views across Plymouth, the Sound, Dartmoor and Cornwall!
You can also visit the Column Bakehouse! As Plymouth’s only social enterprise bakery, Column Bakehouse uses the production of delicious, organic, honestly baked bread to support a range of employment and community based projects across the city. Pop into their café at Devonport Guildhall, or their Café and Stores at Royal William yard to pick up a freshly baked loaf, stay a little longer and enjoy a tasty, wholesome lunch, or a delicious coffee and a piece of cake.
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BYC Skatepark is Brighton’s only indoor skate facility. It is accessible to people of all ages and abilities and features obstacles of varied sizes and difficulty to suit all levels. They run tuition courses to help kids and adults learn how to skateboard!
The Bevendean Community Pub, better known as ‘The Bevy’ is the first community-owned estate pub in the UK. Funded by over 700 shareholders and re-built and decorated by an army of volunteers it is a centre for local people and groups. Over 70 different community groups a year use the venue and they host weekly events like senior lunch clubs and park runs.
HISBE (which stands for “How it Should Be”) is an ethical supermarket in Brigthon. A social enterprise model with a mission to run a completely ethical business, produce is locally sourced, fair trade, and, for every item scanned, a pie chart appears on the till showing exactly where the pennies you spend in there go (from paying staff and suppliers to overheads and profit). All staff members are paid above the living wage and for every pound spent here, 69 pence on average goes back to the producers.
The Big Lemon is a sustainable transport social enterprise. They operate local bus services for events including private parties, weddings, sports clubs, schools, colleges, universities, business and conferences. They also run coaches to festivals and outdoor events such as Glastonbury, Bestival, Reading, Latitude, Shambala and Lewes Bonfire. Their mission is to give communities across the UK access to friendly, affordable and environmentally-sustainable public transport. Originally only in Brighton & Hove.
Scarborough & Ryedale Community Cycling provide a unique and inclusive cycling scheme which benefits the community. They provide cycling opportunities for everyone by providing standard bikes alongside a full range of adapted bikes. They are qualified bike instructors for road and off road activities and can arrange for group sessions or on a one to one basis.
Why not also visit…The Street, a landmark building in Scarborough offering an array of activities to support people, places and communities. They’ve got facilities including a 100ft Climbing Wall, Home Economics kitchen and a space for Arts & Crafts for you to make use of!
The Seafood Social Café is a social enterprise working with local initiatives to tackle homelessness. They offer top-notch seafood whilst offering employment and skill-building opportunities to long-term unemployed individuals. Fish and Chips on the beach couldn’t be a more classic summer family activity!
The Exotic Zoo Education Centre in Telford, home to over 70 of the world’s most amazing animals. Including baby chameleons! A fantastic social enterprise zoo with community programs, education experiences and animal assisted therapy work for hard to reach and vulnerable groups
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Miss Macaroon makes premium hand-made gluten-free French macaroons. As a Community Interest Company Miss Macaroon was set up to provide training, employment opportunities and work experience placements for marginalised young people from deprived wards of Birmingham.
Hollyfields is a multi-purpose venue in Erdington. As a social enterprise they re-invest their profits in creating jobs and training opportunities as well as improving the facilities for their customers and local community. Hollyfields’ services include conferences, functions and sporting events.
In December 2016 the New Inn became the first community owned pub in Warwickshire when it was purchased collectively by over 220 people. It is now run for the benefit of the community. The New Inn offers something for everyone, housing a pub, café and shop, along with many other facilities including a beautiful garden with magical children’s area, large car park and secure bike parking.
By paying them visit you are not just enjoying a pint, a coffee or buying milk, you are also helping to sustain a community!
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Stanborough Park is a 24 hour accessible public open space covering 126 acres, containing a popular watersports lake, the River Lea, a nature reserve, woodland areas, Green Flag accredited parkland, café and children’s play area.Stanborough Park provides all visitors with an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of leisure pastimes including Cancer Research Race for Life, health walks, Easy Rider bikes and archery, enhancing the health and wellbeing of the local community in Welwyn and Hatfield.
The Park is a place where people can meet up with friends, learn about nature, exercise and develop new sporting interests or just relax and get away from the every day pressures of urban life.
Stanborough Park Activity Centre provides a wide variety of watersports courses available for all ages and abilities – including sailing, Bell Boating, canoeing, pedaloes and raft making.
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Frogmore is still a working paper mill, it is also a visitor, education and community use centre. The trust is entirely self-financing and is not-for-profit with all proceeds from its activities being re-invested in the repair, maintenance and development of the mill and its historic equipment.
Visitors to Celtic Harmony experience first-hand how the people of the Celtic Iron Age, who lived over 2000 years ago, made food, clothes and shelter from the natural environment. Celtic Harmony provides hands-on cultural heritage education of ancient Britain to increase understanding of the natural world and create a more sustainable way of life for future generations.
CanalAbility seeks to make boating activities on the inland waterways accessible to disabled people and community groups, enabling them to achieve the benefits and enjoyment of boating on the rivers and canals. They provide the facilities for people with disabilities and special needs to enjoy boating on the river on our specially adapted canal boats. You can hire boats for a day trip, short break or longer holiday so you can enjoy the relaxing tranquillity of cruising along the river.
Tadcaster Community Swimming Pool offers a varied program of activities to make the most of during the summer months including; general swimming, sessions for the Over 45’s, aquafit, a disabled club, pool parties, a canoe club, a junior swim squad, parent and toddler sessions, adult lane swimming and lessons. Tadcaster Swimming Pool Trust is funded through the community using the facilities they offer. They provide opportunities for those wanting to return to the working environment in voluntary roles and receive full training free of charge in areas such as life guarding, first aid, reception work and maintenance.
Why not also check out….Dalby Forest Cycle Hub, which offers cycling opportunities to everyone and supports many local cycle projects. Included in their range of hire bikes are specialised adapted bikes so that anyone can enjoy cycling in the Forest irrespective of age, ability or mobility.
ToyLikeMe, an arts and play based not-for-profit Community Interest Company celebrating diff:ability in toys & calling on the global toy industry to positively represent 150 million kids with disability and difference.