SEC AGM 2013

We are planing to hold our next AGM on WednesballoonsPic3day, May 15th at Swaffham Community Centre.

You can find the Centre just past the library on The Camping Ground, Swaffham, PE37 7RB. The cafe will be open for great refreshments served by the Iceni Partnership staff.

From 2.00pm to 5.00pm we are featuring displays of our current projects, including Marham Voices, our Heritage Lottery funded oral history activity. You can also talk to us about the start of our new project, Enterprise Arts, designed to deliver a new gallery and arts space, teaching space and community ICT service from a new building in the town.

We would be delighted to see anyone who wished to volunteer to support our projects, or who might be happy to consider joining the SEC board. Our AGM formally starts at 5.00pm on the 15th.

You can find detaiils of all our activities on our home page here.

Check our Marham Voices here.

We are planning to run a community bus service betweeen Marham and Swaffham on the day, to make our event easier to get to from the village. Watch this space for further details…

Getting information about charities…

Reporting on new developmentsThe Charity Commission has recently extended the range of information available to charities seek out and review additional or extended support for trustees and charitable organisations.

The Commission has created new web pages offer access to a variety of ‘lists’ of information sources using the key words ‘umbrella bodies’, ‘capacity building’ and ‘other support bodies’. Ideal for existing trustees, or those who are thinking of taking the plunge.

The charity bulletin boards are often critical of the Commission in its understanding of the needs of charities, particularly small charities, or those operating in particularly specialist or challenging areas.

On reflection, at the start of the New Year, the Commission has done a very reasonable job in expanding its offer trustees, particularly in the last five years.

If you trawl the Internet Archive, Way Back Machine even only to 2008 – you can see that although the basic structure of the site remains remarkably similar, the diversity and richness of content available at the start of 2013 is very significant indeed.

The Sandringham Enterprise team are always happy to freely offer advice and information to community groups, small charities and organisations seeking to become social businesses. Just ask us here.

Happy New Year and good luck with your charity research project in 2013.

Listening Post – a new blog

listeningPic445We are delighted to have just completed the first draft of our new blog for the Marham Voices project.

Listening Post – which you can visit here, will track the development of our Marham Voices project and allow you, as always to freely subscribe to our news and project updates.

We are, as part of the project, beginning to create an online audio archive, YouTube channel and FaceBook pages. All of these developments and their content will be freely available on our blog – Listening Post.

If you would like to know more about the Marham Voices project, to either volunteer to help or to donate your story to the archive, you can read more about the project here at www.marhamvoices.org

Visit the blog, keep up to date and let us know if you have a story to tell, we’ll be happy to listen. Thank you.

Open Learning – online education

learningPic555We are quietly persevering with the coding of our secLEARNING web pages, which when we release them, will offer a range of information and advice about learning in West Norfolk in all its shades and colours.

As we labour in the background the world of open online learning proceeds to change and develop – with some astounding free learning opportunities available for everyone.

Limited only by your imagination, the websites below offer you access to the thinking and training opportunities of some great institutions. If a member of our community wants to study art, robotics, electronics or just brush up on Microsoft Office Suite skills then you can find an opportunity to learn here…

Coursera.org

The pages of this web site offer a collection of supported web learning that we think is frankly outstanding. Although heavily U.S. biased, the subjects and their content on offer provide a first class education, without the need to travel.

Alison.com

This Irish based initiative is more skills and training based – offering access to online courses and information that are designed to help those who subscribe to increase their employability.

Set the imagination free – sign up for a course and see how it works for you.

You can use our contact us page to tell us about your experiences. We’d love to hear about them.

Power Search with Google

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A community course of six, fifty minute lessons is being offered by Google online in July 2012. You can register from June 26th to July 16th.

See more here…

Freely accessible after registration, your group can improve its Google search skills by undertaking the free courses, with your certificate arriving by email when you have completed the course.

Finding information on the internet is a key skill for a community organisation these days, whether looking for informaton about funding, local charities or local history, for example.

These tutorials, complete with interactive examples to work with, can help you become a power searcher. Get more from the web for your community.

You can find the Google power searching tutorial access page here.

The SEC home page of our main website is here.

The County Service Directory

nncDirectoryButtonDid you know that Norfolk County Council Children’s Services Department maintain a web directory of all the services and support that families, children and young people can get right across the county?

You can find a wide range of information sources and signposting to a whole range of services from the County Directory web pages.

This information is free, and can help you find support and advice for you or your children, as a parent or carer, across a whole range of special needs and situations.

Don’t feel alone, don’t carry a burden for want of information – this directory is a great place to start finding out.

(Contains a section on out of school activities in all areas of the county too!)

Franchising a social business

copyPic4The Social Enterprise Coalition have just published a manual to help charities and social businesses replicate or franchise their business operations.

Franchising is most often a process associated with fast food outlets or profit maximisation, but this interesting hybrid manual from SEC helps to show social businesses how they can prepare and deliver, in partnership with others, a replicatable service, brand or organisational ethos in another community or geographical area.

You can download the Social Franchising manual here.

Here at Sandringham Enterprise, as a social enterprise ourselves, we are always interested in replicatable social business ideas and in how to help others deploy them.

As a development resource in our own right we have the skills available to help other organisations to deliver their repeatable business model in the not for profit sector. If we can help, let us know.

The SEC document contains the ten steps to readiness, some case studies for review and a template for a social franchising agreement.

A good starting point if you have a social enterprise you can duplicate in the service of others.

Could you be our Company Secretary?

typingPic44Sandringham Enterprise Centre Limited, our Charitable Company, specifically formed to manage the Sandringham Centre, develop support and training for our local voluntary groups and encourage the start up of community business – is looking for someone to act as our Hon. Secretary.

The volunteer role is interesting and varied, supporting and developing our social business systems, helping the main board and developing training opportunities for both the board and volunteers.

You will have the chance to help create some unique chances for volunteering, services and employment in our community.

As a family friendly, learning organisation you’ll be able to develop your experience and skills in charity governance and enterprise creation too.

You can read more about the post on our Volunteers page on the main centre website here.

You can have an informal chat with our Chair, Colin Mason or contact Rita Broomfield too, using the contactd details on the Volunteer page.

We look forward to welcoming you to our charitable company at an exciting time in its development.

The Board of The Sandringham Enterprise Centre Limited.