Hampshire School for Social Entrepreneurs
Topic of the practice
social entrepreneurship, long term unemployment, coaching, training
Good Practice Information
The programme, launched in 2009, includes all three D groups but is not exclusively targeted to any of them. Anyone is able to join this programme if they have an idea for a social business, however significant effort is made to encourage long term unemployed and ex-offenders into the programme.
An exciting and challenging one year programme to bring together people who want to make a difference. It’s practical, rather than academic, so all that’s required is a good idea and the drive and commitment to make it happen! The programme focuses on the development of the person as well as the project and involves practical learning. The programme uses a variety of different support interventions and learning methodologies on its programme, to provide the tailored personal development and organisational support that social entrepreneurs need. The programme is £895 for participants.
Action Learning Sets: With a trained facilitator students work in a small group throughout the year to find useful and impactfulways of overcoming the stumbling blocks, dilemmas and other issues that can beset any project. Witness Sessions: throughout the year, students have the opportunity to listen, learn, question and network with social entrepreneurs, real practitioners who come to share their experience and offer expertise and advice. Expert Sessions: covering areas such as legal structures, financial management, business planning, securing funding, marketing, partnering and other essential skills. Mentors: are an optional element of the programme, used to provide additional guidance and strategic help. Other support: throughout the year, the programme team is on hand to offer advice and guidance, coaching, information, support and contacts. Students can telephone the office or drop in during working hours for help on a variety of topics, and to access resources including a library, workstations and meeting rooms. An electronic networking and information system is an online resource for students and fellowship members. Students have the opportunity to create a homepage, profile and blog, to email their fellow students, to access useful materials, and to tap into the experience and resources of the ever-expanding. The Fellowship Network: students who complete the programme will gain lifelong membership of the Fellowship. The Fellowship works like a club, with members continuing to swap views and experiences and to trade and collaborate. E-bulletins bring news and links to other organisations and the learning web enables students to contact each other easily and keep in touch.
Evidence of success
33 students have attended the course (2011): 18 students in year 1 and 15 in year 2. Direct impact on students as individuals - 80% of the students continue with their enterprise and employ on average 3 people. HSSE has an excellent integrated approach and addresses to both pillars: motivation to start a business, combined with witness sessions, training delivered by experts, study visits, mentors, direct and e-networking. There is also much wider economic impact from the projects which are developed which are all social enterprises and therefore have a social output. The School in Hampshire is from a scheme that happens nationwide and overseas (www.sse.org.uk), it is run as a franchise in Hampshire. The model is franchise ready for transferability.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
COMMUNITY ACTION HAMPSHIRE