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Get Your Social Enterprise off the Ground

Published: Tue, 15 Nov 2016
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A free training course to help people set up a social enterprise has begun in Strabane and will run over the next five weeks.
The Housing Executive and Supporting Communities are running the course to help local people interested in started their own business take the first step.
Participants in the half day course will gain an OCN Understanding Social Enterprise Level 2 qualification.
Last year, the Housing Executive launched the new Social Housing Enterprise Award scheme, investing £360,000, to develop economically vibrant and self-sustaining communities through the creation and development of social housing enterprises.
As a result of the scheme, so far: 13 new social enterprises and 22 new jobs have been created; 20 individuals gained qualifications; 13 existing social enterprises have been supported; 10 premises have been refurbished
A diverse range of projects benefited from the first round of the scheme, from an alterations business in Sandy Row, a micro-homes idea for young professionals, a digital studio in Derry-Londonderry to an upcycling shop in Fermanagh.
Connor Smith from the Housing Executive’s Social Enterprise Team said: “We are keen for individuals or groups from our communities to sign up for this course. It’s designed to inform participants what a social enterprise is, what is needed to set one up and how social enterprises can help those involved and their communities.”
The course will run on Tuesday, Nov 15, 22, 29 and Dec 13 at Fountain Street Community Centre, 41 Fountain Street, Strabane.
To register for the course contact Stephen Marks on 028 2564 5676 or email