Big Venture Challenge

If you are reading this as we approach the long weekend (or even during it) then I applaud you for your commitment to RunAClub.

Welcome to Birmingham Association of Youth Clubs

Welcome to Birmingham Association of Youth Clubs – looking forward to welcoming their clubs on board!

I love change!

I love ‘Change’! There, I’ve said it out loud. To be more specific it’s positive change that I like so much. Where there is potential for growth, in an organisation and in the team within it I think it’s an opportunity for everyone to ensure we continue to develop ourselves and our organisations. Of course sometimes that change can include shrinkage in an organisation or a team, and that has been exceptionally hard for the Public and Third Sector. It’s very tough for individuals with families to look after, to re-invent themselves and it’s not always a positive outcome for them.

No reply from Mr Hurd yet

I have been contemplating social enterprises and the age of social entrepreneurs this week.  I have read some interesting snippets and articles discussing the need for support for young people and social enterprise and it’s certainly a huge shift in our culture to be encouraging young people to not only run their own businesses, but to run social businesses.

Welcome to GHoPA

Welcome to GHoPA – Getting Hooked on Positive Activities in North Lincs. All our clients are lovely and engage well, but GHoPA act very swiftly! We also have another Surrey based voluntary network group coming aboard shortly.

Women and Social Enterprise

Last week I took part in a Guardian social enterprise discussion online. The subject was women and social enterprise and the lack of women leaders in this sector. Honestly, I don’t think it has ever crossed my mind that I am in a ‘minority’ or seen myself as any different to any new male social enterprise leadership position. I think it’s tough no matter what the gender, to raise the profile of a social enterprise and get start up funding.

Christmas 2013

I always find it a little tricky that everything slows down at this time of year – as it does in August – we are so focused on getting our clubs on board via the supporting organisations.
I thought you might find it interesting to hear we have a fantastic array of clubs and groups – from boxing, youth, kayaking, community funding club, music, cricket and football.  A really interesting mix!  As the numbers build we will let you know where we have got to and if there is a dominant type of club.

Meet the Wix

I thought I would introduce you to one of our clubs here today via our mini case studies pulled together by Alex. But before I do so, I just want to say we are very pleased to welcome Sutton and Richmond voluntary sector networks on board. We hope, as a group of seven voluntary networks, more will follow before too long.

Meeting the decision-makers

We’ve had the NVCO and CHYPS conferences in the past weeks, I wish there were more of these kind of big national events as it’s a great way to get to meet decision makers.

The Big Issue Invest Tech for Good Challenge

It’s so lovely to be described as an ‘award winning’ social organisation. The Big Issue Invest Tech for Good Challenge has been a great platform for us as we have made essential contacts – not just introductions to new business, but we have met new supporters as well. For example someone from Merrill Lynch is now mentoring our Development Director Barrie Taylor (IT) which I know will be of great help.