We are planing to hold our next AGM on Wednesday, 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.
The 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.
We 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
We 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…
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.
Did 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.
The 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.
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.
Sandringham 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.