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. The Map For Impact – Victorian Social Enterprise report, undertaken by the Victorian Government in late 2017 dives into the sector. The report found that 43% of social enterprises are in rural and regional areas, and over half are still in their first ten years of operations. It also reports that social enterprises see procurement as the biggest opportunity.
Participants in Social Change 101 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, with participants graduating in November 2016. The second was held in the Mitchell and Murrindindi shires in partnership with Mansfield Adult Continuing Education, and these participants graduated in November 2017.
The programs were facilitated by Sue Gold - 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 equipped 14 local change-makers in each Shire with the skills, knowledge, confidence, and networks they need to create a credible business plan to guide the start-up or growth of their social enterprise to drive social change and economic development in their community.
The Social Change 101 program provides resources and expertise, but it is the local community that provides 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.
“I attended SC101 without fulling realising just how important it would be in developing the social enterprise with which I am involved. The team were amazing, very understanding, insightful into the pitfalls along the way of developing a social enterprise and supportive in every way. I recommend this course to everyone I meet who is involved in developing their dream of a social enterprise.” - Judy Clarke, SC101 Mitchell
“I found the content of the SC101 program very interesting and thought-provoking, and I found Sue's coordination and facilitation of the program to be very positive and supportive. Thanks to FRRR for funding this program and providing me with the opportunity to take part.” - Megan Buntine, SC101 Murrindindi
This program is now closed.