• Organisation: Fixers
  • Salary: £22,000 – £28,000
  • Salary info: Permanent
  • Job Type: Full time
  • Closing date: 29 September 2014
  • Location: Yorkshire, Home based, travelling throughout the region
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Role:

Responsible to: Project Team Lead

To recruit young people (16-25) from all backgrounds, encourage them to
undertake Fixers’ projects and guide them throughout their entire Fixers’
experience.

Organisation profile:

Fixers is a charity that supports young people aged 16-25 to tackle any issue that matters to them.

Website: www.fixers.org.uk

Application notes:

Please see attached Job Description for further information
or visit www.fixers.org.uk/jobs

Apply by sending your CV, with covering letter, to projectsjobs@fixers.org.uk
Please include the job title in the subject line of the email.

Closing date: midday on Monday 29 September 2014.
NB. Interviews to be held on Tuesday 7 October 2014 in Leeds.

Additional details:

Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.

  • Organisation: Hemlington Detached Youth Work Project (Linx)
  • Salary: £21,067
  • Salary info: 37 hours per week
  • Job Type: Full time
  • Closing date: 26 September 2014
  • Location: Hemlington, Middlesbrough
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Applicants should have:

A Youth Work or relevant qualification.
3 years minimum working with young people.
Proven ability to deliver services with young people.
An understanding and experience of working with NEET young people.
A serious commitment and experience in enabling and empowering young people to achieve.
Entrepreneurial skills to develop social enterprises as potential businesses for employing young people.

Closing date: 12 noon Friday 26th September 2014.

 

Organisation profile:

Linx is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1993 and based in Hemlington, Middlesbrough. We are dedicated to working with young people in Hemlington and the surrounding areas of South Middlesbrough.

We offer a variety of packages for young people including:

  • Detached Youth Work Street Sessions in Hemlington and South Middlesbrough
  • NEET Project (Not in education, employment or training)
  • Sexual Health and Relationships Project
  • Young People’s Sexual Health Clinic @ Viewley Centre Doctors Surgery
  • Drugs and Alcohol Project
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme
  • Boys and Young Mens Project
  • Healthy Young Mums Project
  • Junior Youth Clubs
  • ‘You’re Welcome’ – Young Inspectors of Health Services
  • Fun interactive activities and courses (contact for more details)

Website: www.hemlingtonlinx.org

Application notes:

For an Application Form and further details on the above post, please contact Gavin Munkley/Garry Robinson on 01642 591955, e-mail: jobs@hemlingtonlinx.org  or apply via our website http://hemlingtonlinx.org/jobs.html

Please read the application guidance before submitting you application form.

Note: If you submit by email and do not receive a read receipt within 48 hours please ring 01642 591955.

September 13 is Social Saturday, a day to celebrate and buy from social enterprises – businesses that put people and planet first. Every purchase we make has an impact on the world we live in. Social enterprises trade to tackle some of the greatest challenges we face, like unemployment and food waste. Find out more >>>>

NESEP and the FSB have put together a social enterprise gift guide to help you shop social this weekend. If you’re a social enterprise, why not add your products/services using the reply box below?

Follow @team_at_NESEP on Twitter for updates, and don’t forget to check the #socialsaturday hashtag!

 

 

Lithic Fire
Lithic Fire is inspired by the people who lived in Northumberland 3500 years ago, the Neolithic people. They camped beside the banks of the Rivers Tweed and Till where they caught salmon and hunted wild animals in the now unimaginable wilderness that surrounded them. They made their own stone tools to build shelter and prepare their food. They may have made a simple ring of stones to contain a fire on which to cook and take comfort from under a canopy of stars. Lithic Fire aims to inspire modern people to experience something of the way that our ancestors lived all those years ago. A Firepit from Lithic Fire is a unique creation forged from steel and stone to last a lifetime. A large fire chamber with steel walls at least 5mm thick will age in the outside air but will not fall apart after a summer or two. It is deliberately primitive in its construction to give an authentic flavour of outdoor cooking.
Find out more >>>>

The Tyneside Cinema
Tyneside Cinema is the North East’s premier independent cinema, screening the best films from around the world in beautiful 1930s Art Deco surroundings. As an organisation, it is committed to affecting social change through education and community engagement, and making a positive impact on the environment. With help from a public fundraising campaign, Tyneside Cinema recently renovated an empty shop unit on the Pilgrim Street frontage of the cinema in Newcastle, which has now reopened as Tyneside Bar Café. Tyneside Cinema’s new exhibition space and cinema screen The Gallery opens on Friday 19 September; a free daily art programme starts with EDIT, a video installation by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard.
Read more >>>>

The Electric Bike Shed
Sports Recycler was founded in 2005 to promote a healthier lifestyle, encourage recycling, provide services for the benefit of the community and offer training and work experience for people who are disadvantaged in the mainstream job market.  The company takes donations of unwanted cycles and refurbishes them for low cost sale and re-use in the community; bikes are also made available to long-term unemployed people newly back to work through various job support agencies. Sports Recycler sells a range of electric bikes through its sister company, The Electric Bike Shed.
Read more >>>>

The White T-Shirt Co.
Founded on the values of responsible manufacturing and design, The White T-Shirt Company is committed to ethical production that is conscious of its impact on the environment. Using ethically grown organic cotton from Turkey, and environmentally friendly manufacturers in Denmark, The White T-shirt Co packages and distributes a range of high-quality garments from its North Shields base.
Shop now >>>>

Jesmond Community Leisure
Jesmond Pool is an award winning social enterprise, operating as a charity since re-opening under community management in 1992. The centre offers a full range of sporting and physical activities for everyone, including a full range of water activities, two fitness suites, a multi-purpose dance and activity room, massage and therapy room and a poolside sauna and steam room.
Book classes today >>>>

Bill Quay Community Farm
Bill Quay Community Farm is a treasured green space on the edge of Gateshead. Farming for fun, learning, food and wellbeing, there is always something going on at the farm. Since July 2013, the farm has been run by Bill Quay Community Farm Association; a registered charity which operates the farm on a not-for-profit basis for the benefit of the wider community.
Visit today >>>>

Plan B Furniture and Goods
Plan-B Furniture and Goods is part of NBZ Enterprises Community Interest Company, a not-for-profit social enterprise base in the north east. Everything the organisation does benefits the community and the environment. Any surplus income we make is re-invested back into providing other services and help for local communities and local people.
Shop & donate >>>>

TASTECLUB
Founded in 2012, TASTECLUB sources, promotes and sells food and drink products, gifts and experiences on behalf of the North’s leading food and drink talents. TASTECLUB connects consumers with the people and stories which lie behind some of Britain’s greatest food and drink. In 2013 tasteclubhq.com – a curated selection of the finest food and drink gifts – was launched. TASTECLUB is offering a special Social Saturday discount this Saturday, 13 September – use code ‘SS10′ at checkout to get 10% off.
Shop now >>>>

Jazz.coop
Jazz.coop is a community cooperative set up to support the rehearsal, performance, promotion and development of jazz, poetry, dance and related arts. It is the first cooperative in the UK to own a music venue and education centre – at the Globe in Newcastle upon Tyne. The co-op organises gigs and workshops there and at other venues. The co-ops new jazz education programme begins this October, booking is available now.
Book now >>>>

South Tyneside Gymnastics
South Tyneside Gymnastics and Wellbeing Centre Community Interest Company took over running the Centre in May and has ambitious plans for further improvements to encourage more local people to participate in sport, fitness and fun activities. Eight of gymnasts from the centre were recently chosen to represent Great Britain at the 8th World Age Group Compétitions in Paris; the team brought back two bronze medals. There’s a fun packed programme of activities for all ages at the gym this season.
View the Autumn programme >>>>

Goodmoves
Goodmoves is the premier careers hub for the charity, NGO and voluntary sector. The site offers low cost, fixed rate job advertisements, specially tailored to the needs of social enterprises and third sector organisations. In 2014, Goodmoves moved into England by way of a partnership with the North East Social Enterprise Partnership.
Find out more >>>>

Term time programme

For further information please contact the Gymnastics Centre between 9am and 9pm
(0191) 424 6426 or 07715941068 / Email ian4gym@gmail.com


Mixed gym classes
Develop co-ordination, movement and balancing skills in these fun and challenging sessions.  For ages 5+ years.
Cost: £3.50 per session, per child
Monday to Friday 4pm- 5pm
5pm – 6pm

Mini club – gymnastics
An introduction to grass roots gymnastics with 4 specialist in-house badge award sessions every four weeks.  For children aged 3 to 5 years.
Cost: £3.50 per session, per child
Monday to Friday 4pm – 5pm

Talented tots course (half termly)
Body shapes, movement, balancing, rolling, jumping and swinging are just a few of the co-ordination skills this fun and challenging course introduces.  For ages 2 – 5 years*.  This course cost includes free access to the Parent and Toddler session that takes place immediately after this one (course prices available on application).
Tuesday and Thursday 1pm – 1:45pm
Friday 9am – 9.45am
Sunday (starts 7 September 2014) 9:30am – 10:30am
10:30am – 11:30am
11:30am – 12:30pm

Parent and toddler
Let your child explore and enjoy themselves in this safe and fun environment.  Sessions help with your child’s interaction, co-ordination, balance and strength.  For those children that like a challenge, a fully qualified gymnastics coach is available to assist.  For children aged 5 months to 5 years.*
Cost: £2.40 per session, per child
 Monday – Friday 10am – 11am
2pm – 3pm

Trampoline course (half termly)
Trampolining for all abilities.  For ages 5 to 16 years (course prices available on application).  In-house badge scheme available every four weeks.
Monday – Thursday 4pm – 6pm
Friday 6pm – 7pm
Sunday (1 hour classes run between) 10:30am – 12:30pm

Bouncy tots trampoline course (half termly)
Children can take part in this new and exciting course introducing basic trampoline skills, body control, shapes and jumps.  For children aged 2 to 5 years* (course price available on application).
Wednesday 3:15pm – 4pm
Sunday (1 hour classes in between) 9.30am – 12.30pm

Bouncy adults trampoline course
Bounce along to these turn up and pay sessions.  Suitable for all abilities, aged 16+ years.
Cost: £3.50 per session
 Friday 7pm – 8pm

Disability trampoline course (helf termly)
For all abilities aged 6 – 16 years (course prices available on application).
Wednesday 6pm – 7pm

Tumble track
A series of powerful, dynamic elements performed down a sprung tumbling track.  Roundoffs into back flicks, whips, somersaults and twists.  Trampolines are also used to help with the skills (prices available on application).
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 5pm – 6.30pm and 6.30pm – 8.30pm (depending on age and ability).

British Gymnastics Awards course (half termly)
The British Gymnastics award sessions provide a structure in basic movement and agility that is suitable for children of all ages who have had no previous experience of gymnastics.  Badges and certificates awarded from levels 1- 6 for achievement at these sessions. For ages 4+ years (course prices available on application).
Sunday 9.30am – 10.30am
10.30am – 11.30am
11.30am – 12.30pm

This is a guest blog post from James Davenport at Same Page Arts.

I have just returned from a two month break travelling through Indonesia and South East Asia. This trip wasn’t just a ‘holiday’, for those who have been travelling will know, it’s often a stressful experience, but, what an incredible experience it was.

Before I set off, I decided I would attempt to document the many different communities I would come across and highlight any instances of community spirit. As my earlier blog (published on samepagearts.wordpress.com in January 2014), The Failing Spirit of Britaintestifies, I’m curious to investigate the makeup of community. Especially the seemingly absent form of it in the North East.

Community spirit and the social characteristics which effect it, have always interested me. In my work so far I have felt the strongest sense of community spirt is formed by people who are facing the most challenging obstacles, such as homelessness and the everyday pressures felt by living with a disability. I have witnessed a far greater sense of community support and spirit whilst facilitating workshops with clients living in homeless hostels or clients based at disabled day centres than I, personally have felt myself. These people who are often marginalised by society and often their own community have established their own separate pockets of community, where community spirit is thriving.

Travelling through some of South East Asia’s poorest countries such as Cambodia and Vietnam I was avid to explore this theory that those facing the most challenging issues form the strongest sense of community spirt.

So what did I find? What surprised me the most was that I didn’t have to search for community spirit. I’m not sure whether I preconceived that I would be creeping around in backstreets and in villages like some neighbourhood loving Sherlock looking for instances of community spirit. Fortunately, for everyone, evidence of community spirt was everywhere.

What a staggeringly different world exists several thousands miles away from us. A vibrant world where people work, live drink and socialise together. Help each other, love each other and know each other. I’m not trying to sound new age or hippie about this, but throughout Cambodia, Vietnam and Lombok, local people, eat, drink and socialise together. Whole streets are transformed into eating stalls where locals, couples and families eat laugh and talk together.

Do we have anything similar in the UK? I thought Street parties? Yet when was the last time you attended a street party? If ever. I know I haven’t. And these themselves are planned events, occasionally invitation only. Everywhere you look and visit in South East Asia food stalls and eateries litter the pavements. How often have you shared your meal with other meal goers, freely chatting?

Regardless of the social, cultural or political reasoning behind why many Asians eat this way, they are conversing with their fellow countrymen and women. I try not sensationalise this, but this simple primitive act of talking to people is an act we seem to have abandoned in the UK. Is this a reason behind our failing spirit? Maybe. Maybe not. I’m not suggesting that this is the answer and that we should all transform out streets into alfresco dining areas. But wouldn’t it strengthen our relationships with out neighbours? Wouldn’t it improve our knowledge on what us happening locally, who the local people we live near are and what they do and what they think? Wouldn’t it strengthen our communities?

James Davenport founded Same Page Arts in 2013, after graduating from Northumbria University. Same Page Arts works to identify, explore and challenge issues of social exclusion, through artistic expression. Participants range from homeless people, to people suffering with a variety of disabilities. The organisation has worked with a range of clients in the North East, including Changing Lives (The Cyrenians) and Skills For People. Follow @samepagearts on Twitter and like on Facebook. Email samepagearts@gmail.com for further info. 

Article originally published on the Same Page Arts blog, July 2014.

Middlesbrough FC becomes ‘flagship’ organisation to implement widely acclaimed ‘social inclusion’ programme.

Can an hour long workshop and a 7 minute film teach “British Values”,  challenge extremist views and overcome racism and Islamophobia?

Middlesbrough Football Club has acquired a groundbreaking initiative to modernise its social inclusion and social integration efforts. The ‘Identity & Integration’ workshop developed by Teesside based Media Cultured CIC has already been celebrated by senior political figures and UK based faith groups. In a first for professional sports clubs; MFC is now taking these “inspirational” ideas (designed for schools and colleges) to the football terraces and beyond.

Media Cultured’s workshops are designed to promote ‘understanding, respect and unity’ by helping participants understand the core values shared by all colours, creeds, nationalities and religious groups.

Supported by DigitalCity at Teesside University, Media Cultured has been signed up to deliver the programme internally at MFC. In addition, the program will also be delivered under licence to local schools and other organisations by MFC’s own Foundation Team.

Amjid Khazir, who founded the ‘unique’ social enterprise said:

Football is at the heart of many communities and it has the prospect to be a real force for good. That is why it is so important that MFC has made the decision to commit itself to promoting integration at the ‘grass roots’ level.

Having lost his uncle Zabir shortly after an attack that police believed was racially motivated and himself having worked for many years voluntarily in the faith sector to challenge extremist views, Amjid knew that overcoming the lack of ‘credible role models’ across the media and educational spectrums was the key to changing attitudes and behaviours.

It is important to drive forward initiatives to combat the misconceptions and misunderstandings that can isolate people and communities from each other and prove a fertile breeding ground for extremism.

In developing the programme and ‘social purpose’ model Amjid looked at how extremist groups attract vulnerable members and how he could combat their rhetoric. He explained:

Young people especially are often recruited and indoctrinated using videos posted on different social media channels – this can start by simply following a Twitter link. In developing the right strategy for Media Cultured’s workshops and overall model, I looked at how groups such as the EDL and Al-Shabaab etc used a variety of social media tools alongside traditional recruitment methods to push their divisive message and it was clear there was no counter narrative to these.

The Media Cultured programme has been endorsed by government anti-terrorism czar Lord Carlisle and is currently being delivered in a number of educational institutions in the North East and Yorkshire.

‘Media Cultured’s programme is unique in its insight into the issues surrounding discord between different groups in the UK. Its approach offers many potential merits, engaging with young people before they are radicalised and illustrating the positive nature of multiculturalism in Britain today.

Mark Ellis, Chief Executive of Middlesbrough Football Club, said:

We have appointed Media Cultured to deliver its social inclusion programmes as we are committed to increasing and improving the cultural awareness of our staff. We’re doing that for two reasons – firstly, it’s an obligation on us as a major institution in Teesside. We play a large part in the community and feel it is our duty to lead the way when it comes to community issues. It’s important to us to work to spread cultural awareness on Teesside. Secondly, it makes good business sense. We’ve a large multicultural population in the Teesside area but that isn’t reflected in our supporter base and that is something we need to change. We want to make sure that our own staff become much more culturally aware, and that they’re open to different groups within society. Media Cultured has delivered a ‘train the trainer’ workshop for our senior managers but this is only the beginning of what will be an on-going programme. We will be taking the programme into our management and supervisory teams over the next few   months. “Once they are on board we will roll it out to match stewards, officials and many more involved with the club.

Middlesbrough Football Club’s Foundation has also agreed to become trainers to deliver the Media Cultured integration programme into schools in the local area. Helena Pinder, Manager of Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation, said:

Media Cultured is an inspiring organisation. We’ve adopted it because it is important to get the message on integration across to our community, into schools and to young people to open them up to different cultures. We will be delivering it as an hour-long interactive workshop to local secondary school children and people within the community. MFC Foundation delivers a number of projects with disadvantaged and disengaged sections of society.

Laura Woods, Director of Academic Enterprise at Teesside University, said:

Like Teesside University, Middlesbrough Football Club has a big social and economic impact in Teesside. MFC’s partnership recognises the valuable role Media Cultured can play in promoting a harmonious society. DigitalCity fellowships were developed to help ground-breaking ideas move from development into truly ground-breaking projects that can make a real difference.  Media Cultured is an excellent example of this.

Media Cultured is now taking applications for its October and November events. Read more on their website or click to download the flyer below.

The Access to Finance Guide www.nea2fguide.co.uk is being transferred from North East Access to Finance to the local enterprise partnerships.

From October 2014, the Guide will become part of the wider range of information on business support offered by the local enterprise partnerships – the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and Tees Valley Unlimited.  In Tees Valley, this is through the recently launched Tees Valley Business Compass service.  In the North East LEP area, this is currently through the main corporate website and will migrate to the North East Growth Hub.  In future, contact to update entries within the Guide and/or Growth Hubs including the business compass service will be from the LEPs.

  • Organisation: Bill Quay Community Farm Association
  • Salary: £17,000 pro-rata
  • Salary info: 20 hpw. Contract: Term Negotiable
  • Job Type: Part time
  • Closing date: 14 September 2014
  • Location: Gateshead
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Role:

The Administration and Finance Officer position is a role that has been developed to help support a growing staff team at Bill Quay Community Farm. It’s a very exciting period of growth for the organisation and the successful candidate will be instrumental in allowing the organisation to achieve its strategic aims by helping the community it serves.

The successful candidate will be a flexible team-player who will have excellent organisational and administrative skills including data management and devising and implementing reporting systems. They will have extensive experience of developing and/or using financial systems and processes, including book keeping, record keeping and payroll systems

The main purpose of the job is:
– To provide administrative and clerical support to BQCFA’s Staff Team
– To assume responsibility for the financial administration of Bill Quay Community Farm Association (BQCFA)
– To support the effective and timely delivery of information, monitoring and reporting for BQCFA

For information about our organisation visit: www.billquayfarm.org.uk The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 14th September 2014

Organisation profile:

Bill Quay Community Farm is an urban working farm and visitor attraction on the outskirts of Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. The farm operates under the stewardship of Bill Quay Community Farm Association, a charity which was awarded the farms lease from Gateshead Council in July 2013. Our charitable objects centre around the provision of educational and wellbeing activities to the local and regional community.

Website: www.billquayfarm.org.uk

Application notes:

Closing Date: 14th September 2014, 23:00

To request an application pack for the above position please email info@billquayfarm.org.uk. When asked where you heard about the job, please mention goodmoves.org.uk.

  • Address: Hainingwood Terrace
    Bill Quay
    Gateshead
    Tyne and Wear
    NE10 0UE

Now in its 5th year,  the RBS SE100 Index, the leading market intelligence tool for social ventures, is pleased to announce two new awards for 2014: the storyteller award, designed to encourage social enterprises to share their tales of social transformation, as well as the Resilience award, for organisations that have consistently worked for social change over a number of years. Other categories include: Sustainable growth championSocial impact champion and Trailblazing newcomer.

The awards are open to all social ventures that have entered or updated their financial information on the SE100 platform. Members are automatically entered into the awards with a chance to win a share of over £30,000 in prize funds, visit www.se100.net for further details of how to take part.

The deadline for nominations for the Resilience and Storyteller Awards is 31st August 2014. Organisations must sign up to the Index and complete their profile by 30th September to be eligible for the 2014 Annual Awards.

The RBS SE100 Index is a listing of social ventures, ranked and scored according to their growth and social impact, designed to allow social ventures to benchmark their organisation against others in their sector or region, as well as helping commissioners and policymakers as they seek to build knowledge and understanding of the landscape of the social economy in the UK. For enterprising charities, CICs, social enterprises, co-ops, housing associations, and other organisations taking enterprising approaches to social change, the RBS SE100 represents a significant opportunity to showcase their individual success and to help quantify and demonstrate the strength of the social venture sector.

More info & nomination details >>>>

The awards ceremony will take place on the evening of the 24th November at Good Deals, the UK’s leading Social Investment conference. All shortlisted organisations will be invited to attend this free event to celebrate the success of the sector. For SE100 members wishing to attend the full conference, limited half-price tickets are available via http://www.good-dealsuk.com

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose / by any other name would smell as sweet.

So said Shakespeare in one of his many classic lines, this one from Romeo and Juliet. Almost certainly, when writing those words, Shakespeare did not have in mind the humble industrial and provident society (though some may argue that it sometimes felt as though the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 actually dated back to the Elizabethan era).

All of this is a roundabout way of letting you know (or perhaps reminding you if you knew already) that as of 1st August this year, the name “industrial and provident society” has been officially dropped in favour of the two variants of the model being the “co-operative society” and the “community benefit society”, collectively known as “registered societies”. The change is part of several pieces of legislation brought in this year designed to modernise the framework for this type of organisation. At this point, you might well be thinking “I’ve never heard of an industrial and provident society” or “what on earth has all this got to do with me?”

For the uninitiated, what I still want to refer to as IPS is a legal structure distinct from other forms that social enterprises might use like companies and (possibly) charitable incorporated organisations. Co-operatives are essentially set up for the benefit of their members and community benefit societies, as their name suggests, are for wider benefit than that. The former can appear on high streets offering the likes of food or funeral services whilst others commonly crop up as credit unions, housing associations, or as a vehicle for community share issues (such as community-owned shops or pubs).

So, what kind of changes does the legislation bring about and does it make any difference to anything in the social enterprise world? There are several pieces of legislation – various sets of regulations and the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014. The former were all timed to come into effect on 6th April this year and the latter is in force from 1st August.

One of the key things coming out of the first set of changes was the increase to £100,000 from £20,000 of the limit for withdrawable share capital for individual members of a society. Co-operatives UK had pushed for this for some time and Co-ops UK has long-stated that the old limit was a barrier to growth for some societies (not surprising when you consider that HMRC had not elected to increase the £20k limit for almost 20 years). There were also changes bringing some elements more in line with existing company law. Another amendment was allowing registration documents to be submitted electronically.

This last point actually gives societies something of an edge, at least over CICs where paper registration is still needed. With ‘normal’ companies, charities, and CICs all having had updates to their legislative framework, the new laws are certainly a sign that co-ops and community benefit societies are seen as still having lots to offer in a more ‘social’ economy.

The 2014 Act itself does a lot of consolidating – eight old Acts replaced by this one new shiny one – and puts all the provisions in a good and sensible order making things easier to find. (Registration / Names, Rules, and Powers / Members and Officers, and so forth).

All things considered, does a new registered society smell as sweet as an old industrial and provident society? In many ways, not much has changed, but the consolidated legal framework is a positive move as is the increase to £100k for withdrawable share capital, which could help with community share issues. For most social enterprises, though, there’s no significant incentive for you to set up as a registered society instead of more common forms such as CICs or companies limited by guarantee, or even to convert your existing structure to one. Some community benefit societies have obtained charitable status with HMRC but at some point the Charities legislation is going to require some of them to register with the Charity Commission if they are to remain a charity.

So, what’s in a name? There is one change that legal and other commentators have so far overlooked – one which is a saving both to the public purse and also to the environment, and that has to be a good thing. That is that the phrase “industrial and provident society” consists of 29 characters whilst “registered society” is a mere 18. This constitutes a saving of more than 1/3 in ink costs when writing or printing the relevant phrase, and that’s not to be sniffed at in this age of austerity…

Simon Lee, Hempsons Solicitors 

Simon has provided legal advice to social enterprises, charities, and other community and voluntary sector bodies for over 10 years. He is passionate about the sector and is able to advise on a wide range of matters affecting such organisations including legal structures, contracts, funding and governance issues.

Contact Simon >>>>

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