This week I have had conversations with 2 people at York St John University who have commented that the landscape is changing for the public sector in the UK. Many of our students are on teacher education or health sector professional courses. My colleagues have suggested that now is a very good time to be helping them to think about starting a social enterprise using their professional knowledge as a strong foundation. Many of our students wish to go into the public sector because they want to ‘put something back’ into society. These are the values that motivate many people to open a socially-focused business or enterprise. The Students’ Union at York St John is really interested in promoting social enterprise and have written this article.
‘Labelled’ is a wonderful example someone from the public sector using her knowledge and experience in a business for social benefit.
This new Community Interest Company (CIC) in the North-East of England is preparing to launch its very first fashion shop aimed entirely at young people.
After months of trading at markets and festivals all over the region, Darlington-based Patchwork People has recently opened its first shop, ‘Labelled’.
‘Labelled’ will be run by young volunteers from the region and will offer a high-street facility to sell on quality fashion items, jewellery and accessories, some of which are made by the volunteers working with Patchwork People.
This social enterprise offers employment and training to young people in a commercial environment on either a full or part-time basis. It was set up by former Children’s Services worker Gill Walker, who wants to help young people by preparing them for a more successful future.
Best of luck to all the staff involved in this social enterprise! It would be great if Gill or any of the young people working at ‘Labelled’ (maybe somebody in the photo?) could let us know how it’s going and what it means to you. I’d love to get an insider’s view! Please post a reply below.