What excellent news a proud Uncle received today! My nephew Julian , currently at Keble College , Oxford has been picked to row in the Isis boat for Oxford in the 128th Cambridge and Oxford University race on April 7th. Here is a photo of Julian ( on the right) practising , or more accurately posing between rowing.
This outlines a range of services for vulnerable adults that the Council is looking to support via grant funding. Grants will be offered for an initial period of up to 2 years, with a potential one year extension option.
What Services is the Council looking to support?
Why dentistry is ripe for a social enterprise invasionSCA's Matt Jarrett says that the climate is right for social enterprises to deliver more and more dental services Dental services are open wide for social enterprise Photograph: Graham Turner for the GuardianDentistry is big business. According to the Office of Fair Trading, the dental market in the UK is worth £7.2 billion annually and is predicted to top £8 billion within the next two years. But while the melee surrounding the competition elements to the Government's Health and Social Care Bill grows, privately owned practices have quietly been delivering the majority of NHS dental services in the UK for years. They are providing a generally high and continually improving quality of service, but are making owners and shareholders ...more
The government announced a grand vision last year; that there would emerge a volunteer army of no less than 15,000 business mentors by now to support those aspiring start-ups and existing enterprises in the wake of cuts to funded business support (remember Business Link and the once proud national network of local enterprise agencies?)
And those nice civil servants in Whitehall recently revealed the exciting news that 7,500 such volunteer mentors have now been found! Fantastic! But there might be a problem... it seems that they haven't asked what level of enquiries for support these mentors are receiving (or are actually delivering...). So there might be 7,500 business mentors sitting around twiddling their thumbs. And there's another problem in that they're likely double counting too: I offer support to various enterprises through ...more
Ashoka’s New Year’s resolution for 2012 was more ambitious than most. We’re not cutting back on the caffeine, eating healthier, or exercising more frequently. But we resolved to make 2012 the year to jumpstart a worldwide movement for empathy, made official with the launch of the global Activating Empathy: Transforming Schools To Teach What Matters competition.
Three months later, we are seeing this resolution become a reality. Teachers, parents, students, and innovators have joined this effort to ensure that all children master empathy, a critical skill in today’s rapidly changing world. The competition has attracted more than 160 entries and nearly 400 nominations for ideas that create better communities, societies, organizations, companies, and ...more
Have you heard this term before?
It was a new one on me, but it succinctly describes the position that many social enterprises are feeling at the moment. A big contractor comes along and promises to pass some business a social enterprise’s way and in return they are named as a partner to tick the ‘social impact box’ on the bidding from. When the contract comes through the promises are not honoured and nobody seems to care (least of all the contract holder). Perhaps it’s about negotiating clear subcontractor terms, but as we know, when you are at the end of the food chain it’s very hard to negotiate and there often isn’t the time. Barriers exist with tight bidding deadlines and lead contractors that are focused on the profits for shareholders rather than the social and environmental outcomes.
So, what do we have to do to be taken seriously?
It might be about sometimes saying no, but it is also about encouraging those big businesses to see us differently…. to ...more
From the 1st April I am taking up a new part time non exec role as a " Public Appointments Assessor.". Fourteen new Public Appointments Assessors have been appointed by Sir David Normington, Commissioner for Public Appointments. The PAAs will assist him in "upholding the principle of selection on merit in ministerial appointments to public bodies and statutory offices.".
My colleagues and I will take up our appointments on 1st April 2012 and will replace 157 Independent Public Appointments Assessors who operated under the previous system. This is the final building block in the major reform of the system of regulation of public appointments which comes into effect at the beginning of April. The new PAAs will support a new Code of Practice which introduces a lighter-touch, principles-based regulatory regime for public appointments.
Our main task will be to chair the interview panels for quangos. It's part time and not onerous.I am stepping down from my role on the ...more