Recovery and social enterprise
Ruth Campbell, Comas
• Employability and recovery
• Services and sustainability
• Recovery and
entrepreneurship
Social + Enterprise
• Social enterprise: businesses that trade to
tackle social problems, improve communities,
people’s life chances, or the
environment. They make their money from
selling goods and services in the open market,
but they reinvest their profits back into the
business or the local community.
Social + Enterprise
Social Firms: market-led enterprises set up
specifically to create good quality jobs for
people disadvantaged in the labour market.
“ ‘businesses that support’ rather than ‘projects
that trade’”
Social + Enterprise
Work integration social enterprises: improve
employment prospects of people severely
disadvantaged in the labour market though a
range of work-based opportunities.
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Follow the money –
subsidy / core funding
Follow the money – profit
Recovery and Employability
Profit model
• Low staff numbers
• Staff retention
• Focus on efficiency:
speed, maximum
output
• Quality and
consistency
Employability model
• Payment per head
• Throughput
• Short term experience
Support model
• High support staff
• Community
• Authentic
Community membership by community members
The café
Social
connections
Access to
support and
facilities (e.g.
computers)
Learning
opportunities
Personal
development
Arts
programme
Volunteering by community members
Other
trading
EADP:
rent
Trusts and
donations
Café Profit
Serenity Café Enterprise
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Work integration social enterprise
Enterprise drives operations
Café roles and accreditation
Community roles and accreditation
43 volunteers
280 hours a week to run the café
Serenity Café Enterprise
• External room hire / catering
• Public / tourist custom
vs
• A place to be
• Synergies with community programme
Developing a social enterprise
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Train the support staff
Think long term
Choose your business carefully
Be ready to ride out cash flow issues
Campaign vociferously for better recognition
of the role of community-based work
integration social enterprises.
Future of Social Enterprise and Recovery
• Welfare Reform
• Recession
• Educate funders and commissioners
Recovery and Entrepreneurship
• Micro enterprise
• Self employment
• ‘Recovery market’ is growing
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Recovery and social enterprise Ruth Campbell, Comas