What is the Future of Croydon’s Social Enterprises?

Under the restructuring of the Place Department the Council’s Economic Development Team has closed, some staff are leaving and those remaining are remaining were being split over 3 separate divisions. What will happen to the Council’s role of co-ordinating the Social Enterprise Network has yet to be decided. Alec Murray, who has co-ordinated the Croydon SE Network, has been made redundant.  Is it time for the SEs to take control of the Forum and simply have the Council as a member. Nikki Fisher suggests it should be and should bid for funding (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1136060386416203/1139614316060810).  Most SEs in the Borough do not take part.

Coast to Capital SE Set up and Grow

Croydon Council and Croydon Business Venture have been successful in the first stage of a funding bid under the Coast to Capital joint ESF and Lottery funding programme with a number of other organisations including UnLtd. The accountable body is a co-operative; ‘The Platform’ that is based in Brighton and there are 3 areas, Croydon, Brighton and Chichester involved.

Thursday 12 May. 11am – 1pm. SEEK Project Focus Group For the Unemployed

The SEEK project is looking for people who are out of work to set up new social enterprises  and develop employability skills to take  part in a focus group of prospective participants in the project.  If you are unemployed or economically inactive and interested in setting up a social enterprise, SEEK want to know your views on how this project should be designed and delivered.  There will be free lunch and any reasonable travel expenses will be paid on the day in exchange for your ticket.

Weatherill House Business Centre, New South Quarter, 23 Whitestone Way, Croydon, CR0 4WF (100 meters from the Wandle Park tram stop).

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Please contact Dianne Defreitas on 0795 717 6657 or e-mail her at Dianne.defreitas@londonedc.co.uk

Thursday 9 June. 5.30pm. Croydon Social Enterprise Network

Venue to be announced.

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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