10 ideas for change: North east England

The Sunderland base of SES in a building made of former shipping containers

6. SES: Tackling poverty and inequality through local enterprise: Operating out of its Sunderland headquarters in a building made of recycled shipping containers, SES has, over three decades, helped create and support the growth of social, traditional and cooperative businesses across the region. It has helped 3500 small business start-ups and 245 social enterprises over 30 years and its work – and that of other local partners – has led to Sunderland being recognised as a social enterprise city. http://www.ses.coop/

7. Bluestone Consortium: Bringing the voluntary and community sector together to bid for public contracts: As the funding landscape changes, voluntary organisations across Newcastle and Gateshead have come together as a consortium to strengthen their offer and ensure they play a key role in public service reform and provision. https://newcastlevsc.wordpress.com/

Young people making films at a workshop at the Tyneside Cinema

8. Durham Social Value Taskforce: Bringing greater social value to public spend: In Durham the Federation of Small Businesses teamed up with the council in 2009 on the UK’s first social value taskforce, bringing together a range of groups including the North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO), County Durham Economic Partnership, Social Enterprise UK. It has increased the amount of money spent by the public sector with local small and social businesses and ensured greater social value in its supplier base.

9. Tyneside Cinema: Building a community hub within a 1930s cinema: An iconic venue in Newcastle, the Tyneside Cinema is now run as a charity with a mission to improve lives and make a difference through film. It runs an extensive learning and participation programme with a particular focus on building the creative skills of children young people: https://www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/

10. Newcastle Futures: Offering a joined-up approach to employment: Set up in 2012 as the employability arm of Newcastle Council, Newcastle Futures is focused particularly on helping young people and those furthest from the workplace to find jobs.  Its services operate out of community centres and housing organisations across the city and join the dots in local employment provision. http://www.newcastlefutures.co.uk/

Clare Goff is Editor at New Start magazine

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