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Development Officer
Organisation: Dundee Social Enterprise Network

Salary: £28,157

Salary info: This post is a fixed term contract for up to 1 year.

The post could be full time for 6 months or part time for a longer period

Status: Full time

Closing: 27th May 2018

Location: Dundee

Website: http://dundeesen.org

Role
It will be the task of the Development Officer to set up the new Funeral Support Service (probably as a SCIO) that will then recruit staff to deliver the above services. Trustees for the new organisation have already been recruited and they will help guide the process going forward. The job description and person specification below detail the Development Officer’s role.

This post is a fixed term contract for up to 1 year. The post could be full time for 6 months or part time for a longer period. The employer will be Dundee Social Enterprise Network on behalf of the partnership and will be based in the DSEN office at the Factory Skatepark, Dundee. The post holder will work with the Trustees to develop the new organisation.

 

Organisation profile
A member led network that aims to support, promote, develop and represent social enterprises in Dundee. Dundee has a flourishing social enterprise sector, trading in a broad spectrum of services and products. The Network brings together the leaders of these organisations

 

Application notes
To apply for the Development Officer post please send a CV and covering letter to admin@dundeesen.org. The covering letter should include why you think you are the best person for the job and detail your experience of setting up a social enterprise or supporting a social enterprise to set up. Your CV should detail two referees that will be contacted only if you are successful at interview.

The application should reach Dundee Social Enterprise Network by 27th May 2018

 

Recruitment Process

Closing date for applications: 27th May 2018

Interview date: 7th June 2018

Start date: ASAP

 

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Social Enterprise Catalogue for Construction Contractors

Download the Social Enterprise Catalogue for Construction Contractors

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Spotlight on: Self Reliant Groups

What if the groups you work with weren’t dependant on funding? What if the groups you work with weren’t dependant on you? What if there was a different way of being alongside groups who set their own goals and achieved them?

Kirsty Slater and her colleague Isobel MacNaughton from WEvolution http://www.wevolution.org.uk/ will berunning two sessions on SRG’s (Self Reliant Groups). These taster sessions (2hrs)  will provide participants with an understanding of the SRG way of working so that you can consider the model within your own context and reveal your groups’ potential to be self-reliant.

If you or your staff work with groups, and you’d like to explore a different way of working, this fun, interactive session is for you!

These sessions prelude a more intensive two day course that WEvolution would like to offer in Dundee. It’s a great opportunity to learn a bit more about being alongside people in an SRG, how it can change the way we work across our community and how we support and challenge people to be resourceful and creative.

Session 1: Wednesday 21st February  from 10am to 12pm

Session 2: Wednesday 21st February  from 2pm to 4pm

Both sessions will run at Number Ten, 10 Constitution Road, Dundee, DD1 1LL

To book, please click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spotlight-on-self-reliant-groups-tickets-41491193276

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A New Year – need a new direction? Starting up a Social Enterprise might be the answer.

Social Enterprises (SEs) are organisations that work in the heart of communities looking to support people to have a better quality of life and improve the environment in which they live. Often they are founded by local people themselves and look to address issues or inequalities that exist within their own communities.
One particular area that SEs are really successful with, is supporting people with their health and social care needs. This may be supporting someone within their own home with daily tasks such as bathing or dressing, enabling them to access the wider community, or simply anything that allows them to live as full a life as possible.
Here are a few quotes from people that have been supported by Social Enterprises: ‘A great, unique and imaginative social enterprise covering the very important topic of mental health’; ‘Anne has been a great support and help, she has also given me a lot of encouragement, being there when I needed her and when I wasn’t well’. ‘I love coming here. It means freedom for me and I get support”
Dundee Social Enterprise Network is an organisation that exists to support individuals or groups to start up and develop their enterprise. This can include support with business planning, start up funding, legal set up advice and linking with other local and national organisations that can also help.
So if you have an idea for an initiative that could support people with their health or social care needs please, get in touch:
angus@dundeesen.org; or 01382 504848.

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Bringing It to Market

Dundee Social Enterprise Network (DSEN) recently celebrated its 10th anniversary by taking a stall at the Festive Market, which ran over a Friday and Saturday.  Six DSEN members endured freezing temperatures to showcase their products, in the Slessor Gardens which is located beside the new V&A Museum.

This was the first time that DSEN had supported its members to take part in a city centre market.  This was largely because the Social Enterprise Network in Dundee had been predominantly service based, with relatively few organisations producing or selling goods. There was also a view that some of the SE goods might not be of the same standard as those of experienced commercial organisations.

So it was with a wee bit of apprehension that we took our place on the stall as dusk fell on the Friday evening.  We had no need to worry however, as the members had put a great deal of thought and effort into ensuring that their products were well produced and professionally branded and packaged.  The SEs were also without doubt the most engaging stall holders, chatting with customers and letting them know about what their organisations were all about and the added value that their products offered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a varied range of members present:

The Special Candles Trust design and make bespoke remembrance candles, which are given free to people who are experiencing loss or bereavement.  They are produced by ex-service personnel who are facing a range of challenges, and being involved in this work has played a really important part in their recovery journey.  SCT were however facing real challenges in terms of funding their work and so have embarked on creating a new commercialised arm, which will produce individualised candles for special occasions, such as retirements and christenings.  This has involved working with DSEN to create new branding and packaging as well as creating a more engaging online presence.

Rock Solid is a youth club for young people in Douglas, some of whom are facing a range of challenges.  RS run an entrepreneurial scheme, with the young people involved at every stage – from designing the products, to deciding how to distribute the profits. The young folk loved being involved in the market and were demon sales people.

How it Felt is a young social enterprise providing puppet building, drama and film making workshops, focusing mostly on mental and emotional well-being. This can include group workshops, one to one sessions and commissions. Debz and her puppet Little Debz proved really popular with young and old alike.

Dundee & Angus Wood Recycling take old pallets and other unused materials and turn them into a range of fantastic garden furniture, shop fittings and also offer a bespoke design service.  They offer everyone the chance to learn new skills, but particularly for those with additional support needs.  Richard and his colleagues have faced a lengthy development journey, but now have suitable premises, become incorporated (CIC), a burgeoning order book and an ever increasing range of volunteers wanting to take part.  They have just been awarded a development grant from DSEN, which will enable them to buy a van and their next step is looking to finance their first paid member of staff.

Tin Roof is an organisation set up and run by artists in Dundee. They aim to support artists and the wider creative community by providing resources and a collaborative atmosphere.  They have just overcome a major barrier this year when they lost their premises, but have co-located with other art initiatives and are back running fantastic pottery and ceramic sessions for the local community.

Uppertunity is a recently formed CIC that offers a skills development and self-determination service to people who might be considered vulnerable. Uppertunity looks at the individual’s strengths and possibilities, and then work with them to create long-term independence. DSEN has supported them with a feasibility grant that allowed them to run a series of trial sessions.  Two of the people that take part in the Uppertunity programmes, were part of their sales team and clearly loved the experience.

DSEN has come along way since its inception in 2007, growing from a handful of enterprises, to a dynamic network with 76 members and offering a wide range of goods and services.  This Festive Market felt like another step for the Network and it certainly was a success, with a collective sales total of over £1000, with additional orders still coming in.  It also helped to spread the message and demonstrate to others what SE is all about.

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