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Introduction

 

Social enterprise is recognised by the European Commission as having a significant part to play in the future economic wellbeing of Europe. In 2011 the Commission launched the Social Business Initiative (SBI) with the slogan “There is no economic growth and jobs creation without social entrepreneurship”.  

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Project Partners

 

The partners are from

 

UK: Community Action Dacorum

UK: Stephens and George Charitable Trust

Serbia: Novi Sad Humanitarian Centre

Sweden: Solna Youth Center

Romania: Asociatia clubel sportive experientamultisport

Ireland: Amach LGBT!

Czech Republic: Universidade Senor de Evora 

Czech Republic: Patrklic help, z.s.

 

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The project

 

Community Action Dacorum is leading a two-year project which is designed to increase understanding and skills in the use of social enterprise as an effective tool in youth work. We are one of eight partners in seven countries and have designed the project to ensure we both create an environment for knowledge transfer and building long-term effective relationship between partners and participants.

 

Promoting entrepreneurship - The aim of the project is to increase the knowledge and expertise about social enterprise among youth workers, who in turn can cascade their learning into practical initiatives to enable young people to improve their knowledge/understanding of social enterprise and all the skill sets required to achieve positive outcomes (communication, team work, budgetary, language skills, marketing, HR etc.)

 

Social inclusion – The project is designed to:

-foster the development of social, civic, intercultural competences and critical thinking, media literacy, combat discrimination, segregation, racism, bullying and violence;

-enhance the access, participation and learning performance of disadvantaged learners and reducing disparities in learning outcomes.

 

In additional to the priorities above, the project also contributes to the following:

 

Achievement of relevant and high-quality skills and competences.  Through training events we support individuals in acquiring and developing key competences relating to basic, transversal and soft skills, and entrepreneurial skills which will feed into improving their employability and the employability / personal development of the young people they work with.

 

Promoting quality youth work Training events and a wider project dialogue supports the capacity building of partners and their youth workers (both staff and volunteers).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social enterprise: sharing best practice as a tool in youth work

For more information please contact Musarat Inayat: musarat1@communityactiondacorum.org.uk, call 01442 253935 or go to the project's website.

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John Manitara from Pro-Action visited Radio Dacorum to talk about his impressions of youth work in Solna, Sweden.  You can listen to his interview here.

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