The programme brought together some of the leading organisations in the area of social enterprise to share their knowledge and experience with the 24 participants from 13 different organisations funded under RCNI. Representatives from UCIT, Compass Advocacy Network, Social Enterprise NI, and Ledcom gave the benefit of their expertise to participants through a series of presentations designed to enable organisations to improve the sustainability of their projects.
NICVA staff were on hand to advise participants about the changes they may need to consider in terms of legal structure if they were to start up a social enterprise and also discussed various options for funding any potential venture.
Roisin Kelly, Skills Development Coordinator said,
“I’m delighted at the response we have had from Reaching Communities funded groups. We had a number of interesting round table discussions on a range of initial challenges such as considering the cultural change in making a profit, marketing (especially e-commerce) and accounting/procurement issues. We plan to follow up on the needs identified by the groups in the next few months”.
Reaching Communities Northern Ireland was launched in April 2006. The Programme aims to bring about the following changes:
- People having opportunities to achieve their full potential
- People participating in their communities to make positive changes
- Community ownership of better and safer rural and urban environments
- Improved physical and mental health for all people.
For more information, contact Roisin Kelly at NICVA on 028 9087 7777 or email [email protected]