Social Change 101
While the fires were in 2009, communities are still recovering and need assistance towards community-strengthening and the creation of new opportunities for enterprise and economic and social renewal. Social Change 101 provides an opportunity for local change-makers to develop their ideas for social enterprises. Social enterprises are businesses that trade to intentionally tackle social problems, improve communities, provide people access to employment and training, or help the environment. Participants learn from their community’s leading business and social enterprise experts to gain the skills, knowledge and networks to bring their social enterprise idea to life for the broader benefit of their community.
The first program was held in the Alpine / Indigo region. The Alpine / Indigo graduation ceremony was held in November 2016.
FRRR and SocialChange101, in partnership with Mansfield Adult Continuing Education, are currently inviting expressions of interest from individuals in Mitchell and Murrindindi Shires to participate in programs in each of those areas.
The programs will be facilitated by Sue Gold who is an experienced business consultant, mentor and educator with extensive experience in business, community and social enterprise sectors. She is a highly supportive and collaborative facilitator, helping people to develop their skills, knowledge and confidence so that they can make informed decisions about the effective leadership, management and growth of their enterprise.
The four-month programs will equip 14 local change-makers in each Shire with the skills and resources needed to establish and run successful social businesses, and make a great contribution to their community.
The Social Change 101 program is an input of resources and expertise, but it is the local community that will provide the ecosystem of support for the emerging social enterprises. Development of the social enterprise sector is a long term proposition and local partners are critical in building its sustainability over the long term.
To be eligible for the program you must be at least 18 years of age and have lived in the Murrindindi or Mitchell Shire at the time of the 2009 bushfires or have moved to the areas since 2009. Applicants will also need to demonstrate passion, drive and commitment to their idea and show how it can support broad public benefit around economic and social outcomes for the community and region.