How important is the role of social enterprise in reducing UK poverty and regenerating our communities?
As we go through this period of austerity, we’re seeing an increasing number of people suffering hardship and a rise in the risk of people falling into and getting trapped in poverty. The cost of poverty to the economy runs into billions of pounds each year. So what role can and does social enterprise play in addressing poverty issues, regenerating our economy, and giving us hope?
This Meetup will explore how social enterprises are leading social change in our communities by delivering critical services, helping the unemployed and driving economic regeneration, helping to improve our social and economic prospects.
Our panel of expert speakers from government, local authority and the social enterprise sector will lead us in discussing the role of social enterprise in poverty reduction and regeneration, and will share their insights and best practice into what works well and what is needed. As part of this discussion, we will also consider the importance of the Social Value Act. Our speakers include,
Harsha Patel is the founder of Doing Social, a social sector professional with an MBA in Capacity Building. Over the last decade, she has supported the creation and development of over 150 social organisations and entrepreneurs in community settings. Harsha is passionate about designing projects that can develop the capacity of deprived communities to create, lead or be involved in sustainable community ventures that regenerate communities, address poverty issues and lead to social mobility.
Karen Bellamy. Over the past fifteen years Karen has been closely involved in community development and has received awards and recognition locally, nationally and internationally for her innovative approach. In 2010, Karen was elected to the office of Councillor for the London Borough of Waltham Forest, Higham Hill Ward - one of the most deprived wards in the United Kingdom. Within six months Karen was unanimously elected Chair of her political group. Karen now holds the portfolio for Child and Family Poverty and is already leading on a number of projects gaining recognition as beacons of good practice.
Charlotte Chung who works to engage social enterprises with the government's business growth and green agenda, and is the policy lead on Social Investment and Finance Programme for Social Enterprise UK
Social Enterprise UK is the national body for social enterprise. They represent their members to support and help grow the social enterprise movement. Their members include private businesses, charities and public sector organisations who support the vision of a world where social enterprise is the usual way of doing business.
In delivering this event, we are pleased to be supported by a new social enterprise – ‘Doing Social’, and this event will also mark the official launch of this organisation. Doing Social was founded in late-2012 with a very clear purpose: to offer inspiring programmes that will help people living in areas of deprivation to innovate and test ideas for social change so they can create (or ideally co-create) sustainable social ventures that address local poverty issues and deprivation.
We have 100 places available and we are expecting this to be a popular discussion and networking event. If your organisation (or another you may know) could be interested in sponsoring or having a stand at this event, please contact us at the earliest opportunity.
This meeting is being supported by The London Borough of Waltham Forest and their Families Directorate and we are grateful for that support.
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