Training and Employing People with Lived Experience - Enterprise Development Programme

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Friday, 1 March 2019
London | 10.15am - 3.30pm

A free event offering information on how to develop and grow social enterprising activity to generate training and employment opportunities for the people with lived experience of homelessness.

The Enterprise Development Programme is a five-year £40m programme aimed at providing support for charities and social enterprises in England, helping them transition to new enterprise models, or grow existing ones. The programme is funded by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment and managed by a coalition of partners.

As the lead partner for the homelessness sector, Homeless Link are working to inspire organisations to become more financially resilient. We offer support to those wanting to develop or grow their enterprising activity, providing guidance on the grant funding available and training programmes offered.

What is the event about?

When homeless organisations develop a social enterprise, this brings with it the chance to generate training and employment opportunities for the people they support.

This event will explore how this can be achieved successfully and the challenges charities and social enterprises may face when moving in this direction. We will consider issues around how to balance being a support provider with managing a business, and where the focus should lie between social impact and sustainability.

The programme will include presentations from social enterprises who have experienced this first-hand including Recycling Lives, Connection Crew & Winter Comfort. Delegates will also hear from Social Investment Business, and learn about The Enterprise Development Programme and how it can help their organisation.

The day will conclude with interactive workshops and the opportunity to network with charities and social enterprises from different regions.

Lunch will be provided by social enterprise Fat Macy's. Please contact with any dietary requirements.

Who is this event for?

Charities or Social Enterprises working in homelessness that want to become financially resilient by developing trading and enterprise.


The Passage
Cathdral View
St Vincents Centre
Carlisle Place

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Sophie Price

Consultancy Manager

"As the new Consultancy Manager, I will be coordinating a wide range of tailored support to the sector including research, evaluations and strategies. I also lead on The Enterprise Development Programme with the aim of building financial resilience through trading and enterprise."

Telephone: 020 7840 4417
Twitter: @SophEnterprise