Following on from advertising our Social Enterprise Workshop at various locations - you might be looking for clarification about what a Social Enterprise is. Hope this helps
What is a Social Enterprise?
- - that trades for a social/ societal purpose;
- - where at least part of its income is earned from its trading activity;
- - is separate from government; and
- - where the surplus is primarily re-invested in the social objective.
Forfas (2013), Social Enterprise in Ireland: Sectoral Opportunities and Policy Issues
Support for Social Enterprises
Galway Rural Development aims to support the development of new and existing social enterprises through:
- awareness raising and the promotion of social enterprise activity in County Galway.
- training on developing and growing a social enterprise.
- one-to-one mentoring.
- assistance in assessing the feasibility of a social enterprise idea.
- establishment of a local network for the support of social enterprise.
Support will focus on community-led social enterprises operating in disadvantaged communities that are/aim to provide services to these communities and create employment opportunities for marginalised groups.
Examples of Social Enterprises
Community-led examples include; childcare facilities, enterprise centres, arts/crafts/heritage/tourism organisations, sports/leisure facilities, environment/recycling, community shops and social housing.
If you are considering setting up a community-led social enterprise or looking for support to further develop an existing one you can contact: Patricia Kelly, Social Enterprise Officer, Galway Rural Development, Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co. Galway. Tel: 091-844335, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.