Blog Created: March 9, 2022

As part of Wigan Borough becoming a Social Enterprise Place via SEUK, we will be updating members on all things Social Enterprise at both National and GM wide too. Here are five articles that will be of interest to our Wigan Borough members…

Article 1…

The State of Social Enterprise in the English Regions.

Today we launch a series of reports using our 2021 State of Social Enterprise survey data to explore distinctions in each of England’s nine regions.

The reports explore the social enterprise landscape in each region. This includes which sectors social enterprises work in, who they employ, turnover, start-up rates, their environmental impact and the key challenges they face. The data also looks at social enterprises as employers, analyzing issues around diversity, employee engagement and pay.

We hope you find these reports helpful in gaining a better understanding of the regional social enterprise landscape and that decision-makers, investors and social enterprises themselves can use this data to better shape support systems tailored to the needs of social enterprises in each region.

North West.

The North West is home to a mature regional ecosystem with social enterprises here tending to be well established. Less generate their income through trading and more have seen turnover decrease but social enterprises here are more likely to generate a profit. They are more likely to pay the Living Wage and are more likely to have representatives of their local community on their Board.

Find out more in the North West report >>>

Article 2…

Greater Manchester Social Enterprise Network.

Round 2 of the Social Enterprise Support Fund is now open.

The second round of the Social Enterprise Support Fund was launched a few days ago:

  • Grants between £10k – £100k
  • Aim is to support social entrepreneurs get their organisations back on track, particularly those working with communities that are recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Partners are working towards a benchmark of more than 50% of grantees across the fund being disabled and / or from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background
  • They are also particularly encouraging applications from enterprises led by those with direct lived experience of the social issues they are trying to solve
  • Will close for applications on 24th March

For all the info and to apply >>>

Article 3…

APPG inquiry report into impact of Covid on social enterprises.

The role of the Inquiry was to investigate the impact of COVID on social enterprises and what lessons can be learned.

The UK’s 100,000 social enterprises experienced the pandemic in a unique way having to balance both increased demand from those people they support and pressure on their business. Many adapted their business models and pivoted to support their communities at a faster rate than their peers.

The inquiry identified four key themes during the course of its work. 

  • Lack of understanding of social enterprise across HM Government
  • The importance of place-based working and local delivery 
  • The vital contribution of social enterprises to public services
  • The substantial opportunity for social enterprises to contribute to the UK’s recovery and levelling up after the pandemic

APPG inquiry in full >>>

Article 4…

Culturally Appropriate Mental Health Fund.

Using Investment from Year Two of the Community Mental Health Transformation Fund, the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership is delighted to announce the creation of a unique and innovative fund to tackle health inequalities that marginalised ethnic communities face when trying to get help from mental health services. The partnership recognises the crucial role that community-led providers play in removing the barriers to access and the disparate experience and outcomes that some communities face. Therefore, this fund has been created to work with VCSE providers to create long lasting change.

We want to support organisations that are operated by and within communities. Therefore, applications are welcome from user-led community organisations who experience race inequalities from across Greater Manchester. Applying organisations need to be non-profit bodies with a formal constitution but do not need to be a registered charity.

Funding is available for projects that provide early interventions for Severe Mental illness to stop or slow its development and also innovative activity that supports people with Severe Mental Illness to enable them to live with their conditions and to move from secondary care (mental health trusts) to primary care (GP’s). Key is showing that your work reduces inequality of access, experience, or outcome.

In all £750,000 is available in 2022/23 and will be distributed as one-off innovation grants of up to £10,000 and substantial core investments of up to £200,000 to support large scale projects and partnerships. To ensure that we can engage with as many diverse groups as possible we are initially asking for short expressions of interest. Whilst this is initially a one-year fund, it is hoped that by showing its effectiveness we can continue the investment into consecutive years.

The specification and the expression of interest form is attached and available via the button below.

To answer any questions please contact Stewart Lucas…

Culturally Appropriate Mental Health Support >>>

Article 5…

UK Youth Thriving Minds Fund.

Firstly, UK Youth have opened a new, three-year unrestricted grant programme combined with a bespoke package of wrap-around support to improve mental health support for young people and youth workers through youth work provision and bridge the gaps in provision across the youth and mental health sectors. UK Youth Fund, Thriving Minds will open for applications on 28th February and remain open until March 20th 2022.

The Fund will be open to charitable or non-profit organisations based in the UK, with an income of less than £500,000 and the primary purpose of their services benefitting young people. Successful grantees will need to commit to the core activities of the Thriving Minds programme and completing annual grant reports.

More info can be found here…

The UK Youth Fund: Thriving Minds >>>

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