What is a Social Enterprise?
A Social Enterprise is a business that trades to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances or the environment. It trades by selling goods or services just like any other business. It is how they work and what they do with their profits that is different; working to make a bigger difference and reinvesting any profits, after costs, into delivering their social aims.
Examples include Big Issue, Oxfam and the Eden Project. In Pembrokeshire there are over 30 Social Enterprises operating including Get the boys a Lift, Stackpole Walled Garden, Pembrokeshire FRAME and many village halls and community buildings.
What support is available?
Through Pembrokeshire’s new ‘Catalysts for Care’ Project our Social Enterprise Catalyst, provides free 1-1 support to individuals and groups to explore and potentially form Social Enterprises which will help and deliver support to individuals by providing services which will keep them well at home and active in their communities, ultimately enhancing their wellbeing. Ideas for Social Enterprises include services performing help around the home, gardening, shopping, support with pets, beauty and hairdressing to name a few.
Why become a Social Enterprise?
Health and Social Care in Wales is changing from a service that just treats illness to one that keeps people well, prevents ill-health and provides any help that you may need early on. The Welsh Government has placed a duty on local authorities to promote Social Enterprises to deliver care and support and preventative services for adults, children, young people, carers, their families and communities.
The aim of the duty is to expand the range of Social Enterprises in the social care sector. The intention is to increase the diversity of provision available, tap into and support innovation and creativity and increase community resilience.
Our Social Enterprise Catalyst will be encouraging local people in communities across Pembrokeshire to use their skills and talents in ways to set up new emerging enterprises to deliver care and support services. Encouraging people living in communities to use their knowledge of their community to start enterprises to bridge the gap in services where they occur.
Social Enterprise Manifesto
Wales Co-operative Centre, in conjunction with other organisations such as UnLtd and Social Firms Wales, have recently launched their Social Enterprise Manifesto.
“Throughout the pandemic, social enterprises across Wales helped keep people in work and provided crucial community support and vital services.
We’ve outlined the steps that we believe the next Welsh Government should take in order to support us, and other social enterprises across Wales” Wales Co-operative Centre.