supporting & inspiring the social enterprises

Innovative hub models are an important prerequisite for SE sustainable development on expert level and organizational level.

Our Goals

The aim of SE Hubs is to elaborate an innovative model of co-creation hub for social enterprises that are working with various disadvantaged groups or for overcoming social issues in various fields (culture, sport, employment, etc.) and to test its practical application in different local contexts. 

a comprehensive initiative

The SE Hubs project aims at creating and testing into practice an innovative SE Co-creation Hub Model that will provide a comprehensive package of innovative trainings and operational practices and will serve as a generator for stronger and viable SEs’ communities.

beneficiaries
The beneficiaries of the SE Hubs’ activities – the social enterprises (SEs) themselves have proven to be a good practice for ensuring social inclusion.
innovative model
The SE Hubs project puts into practice an innovative SE Co-Creation Hub model that will provide a comprehensive package of innovative trainings and operational practices and will serve as a generator for stronger and viable SEs’ communities.
the capacity
Building needs of social enterprises in the area of applying inclusive training approaches for their staff
Flow of informations
The needs for exchange of experience and knowledge on integrating innovative non-formal inclusive and skill-based training programs that are applied by social enterprises for their target groups
trust building
The needs for gaining public acknowledgement and community trust for SE activities
SE Hubs support the successful development of operational and training practices that will be further applied within the SEs’ training and educational services. SE Hubs helps and provide methods on how to incorporate tools for inclusive education and training of their own personnel and target groups in the day-to-day management and operation.

Landscape and Obstacles

SE Hubs are operating as institutions for non-formal education and training that provide various types of support to management and operational staff of social enterprises with different social background.
Those social enterprises are creating opportunities for successful and sustainable social integration of disadvantaged people through non-formal/vocational skill-based education, improving their employability.
They base their individual work with disadvantaged persons who are in the scope of their social work or address community challenges, on promoting common European values.
Social enterprises elaborate this specific part of their expert work under the form of an educational or training institution. But even in cases where they had not developed their training activities to that formal level, they integrate the trainings within their expert social and other types of support they provide to their target groups.
They are an instrument through which different marginalized groups such as disabled, refugees, migrants, socially excluded, can learn how to be active and reliable members of EU societies and thus how to enjoy their fundamental rights on an equal basis with others.

Social enterprises are key instruments for elaborating innovations and transfer them into sustainable community solutions.

The tools

The SE Hub model will provide:

Challenges and Innovation

Social enterprises, a new segment of the socio-economic life in most of the EU countries, are looking for a balanced ecosystem
Social enterprises share similar obstacles and needs in order to secure financial and operational sustainability in most of the EU countries. Existing social enterprises networks primarily focus their activities on local social enterprises rather than on supporting the wider exchange of practices, knowledge and experience among social enterprise communities coming from different local contexts. Most of the existing supporting facilities are primarily providing specific trainings for SEs that are mainly focused on their business and market development, but not so much on their staff development and capacity building and/or venue space for their activities.
In order to be more sustainable in terms of internal management but also in terms of achieved impact from providing their services, SE Hubs should provide not only analytical and/or venue resources for SE development (such as impact assessment tools, business plans etc.). They should be able to organize comprehensive peer-to-peer inclusive training programmes, organizational management matrixes, opportunities for direct contact between SE and potential clients (such as shops, workshops, bazars, etc.) and last but not least – opportunities to find counterparts outside of their local communities in order to exchange ideas and identify joint fields of cooperation and growth.

Co-creating innovative SE hub model that is easily adaptable to the specifics of various local contexts will foster the future successful operational and expert development of SEs as organizations. It will also help them serve as sustainable inclusive training centres for various members of the communities no matter of their differences and background specifics. In this way it will help to build more inclusive societies where all members share common values and respect each-others rights. 

supporting a hard working social ecosystem

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