An innovative support programme to develop and grow social enterprises in Mid Ulster is now open for applications.
The Mid Uster Social Enterprise Programme which will be delivered by The Workspace Group, was developed to build on the success of the initial programme which took place last year and supported 22 groups.
This programme commissioned by Mid Ulster District Council, will offer a package of mentoring to charities, community groups, voluntary groups or development groups by supporting them to develop their existing social enterprises or start-up new.
The mentoring support available will be tailored to the needs of individual applicants. This may include market research, sourcing funding opportunities, or testing the feasibility of a new social enterprise idea, for example.
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Kim Ashton, emphasised the importance of social enterprise to the local economy. “Social enterprises play a vital role in re-energising our economy and creating employment. The initial programme last year contributed towards the creation of 6 new jobs and 8 enterprises being supported to access over £50,000 additional funding, proving how successful this programme can be. I’m delighted that the Council is championing social enterprise at a local level through this programme.”
Mr Enda Daly from The Workspace Group, which is delivering the programme on behalf of the Council, commented, “As a social enterprise ourselves, we understand the challenges and opportunities available to this sector. Through the delivery of the Mid Ulster Social Enterprise programme, we look forward to working with groups and social enterprises at a community level, helping them to make a difference in their communities which is what social enterprise is all about. We encourage groups and individuals from all over Mid Ulster to come and talk to us about social enterprise and to become involved in this innovative support programme."
Selection will be competitive as places are limited. Applications from under-represeted individuals/groups are welcomed: young people age 18-25 years, females, rural dwellers and those not in education, employment and training.
For more information on the Mid Ulster Social Enterprise Programme, please contact Michelle Clarke, Workspace Enterprises Ltd, Tel: 028 7962 8113 or Email: [email protected]