- Written by Academy Team
Happy #SocialEnterpriseDay 2022!
#WhoKnew that since April 2022 we have completed more than 149 learning sessions across Scotland, supporting more than 374 changemakers to create ripples of positive change in their organisations and communities!
To celebrate Social Enterprise Day 2022, our Scotland team would like to give a shout out to some of the many organisations that are creating amazing impact in their community and beyond.
From a tool library that makes DIY affordable and environmentally friendly to a bike workshop that reaches highland communities, it’s been inspirational to see how social enterprises are creating innovative solutions to tackle some of Scotland’s most pressing challenges.
Velocity Café and Bicycle Workshop by Donna, Programme & Delivery Manager
A café in central Inverness alongside a bike workshop, Velocity believes in positive social change through an inclusive, sustainable and happy community. Velocity promotes an active lifestyle through their exciting full calendar of events that include film nights, classes, music events, Burns suppers and tapas nights to name a few! They also have outreach under the name of Dr Bike and cycling Skills workshops to reach Highland Communities and support sustainability. If you live nearby or are visiting, you can get involved by enjoying delicious, seasonal and sustainable food in the café, taking part in a workshop/event, or hiring their beautiful venue space!
Outfit Moray by Mark, Project Manager
Based in Lossiemouth, Outfit Moray is an award-winning social enterprise that delivers outdoor learning and adventure activity programmes to young people in Moray. They have worked with over 16,000 children and young people, including some of our Wide Horizons participants. It’s been inspiring to see the growth in confidence, self-esteem and resilience! The passionate instructors of Outfit Moray serve as positive role models and encourage the acquisition of life skills and new experiences through challenge and positive risk-taking. The experiences young people have through Outfit Moray make a real difference to individual’s physical and mental health.
ReBOOT by Lynsey, Senior Learning Coordinator
It’s been recorded that the UK generated the second most electrical and electronic equipment waste per capita in the world in 2019. This is frightening! Thankfully there are amazing purpose-driven businesses like ReBOOT to help develop Scotland’s Circular Economy. ReBOOT is an inclusive and non-judgemental business in Forres, Moray with volunteers and staff members coming from all walks of life. You can recycle redundant IT equipment in an environmentally safe way and purchase high-quality refurbished products through their eBay shop, where they not only sell equipment but repurposed IT surplus such as Cat beds made out of Apple Mac Monitor – Cat in a Mac!
The Edinburgh Tool Library by Emily, Design and Communications Officer
This brilliant social enterprise makes the use of tools for DIY more accessible and affordable to the public. The average drill is only used for a staggering 13 minutes in its lifetime! The Tool Library protects the environment by preventing tools from ending up in landfill. Their community opportunities offer local people, particularly young people, elderly and minority groups, a chance to connect whilst learning new life and employability skills. If you’re looking for a practical present with purpose this Christmas, I’d really recommend this awesome business! Gift vouchers can be used towards woodwork classes and a Tool Library membership.
Flourish by Michael, Learning Programme Officer
Flourish, a not-for-profit community space and gift shop in the heart of Dumfries, is a treasure chest full of wonderful work by over 30+ local artists. I visited recently and didn’t leave empty handed! Flourish is run by the Social Enterprise Network called the Guild. They work closely with South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) and several social enterprises throughout Dumfries and Galloway. They have two spaces available for organisations to hire above the shop, as well as a great selection of unique and creative products that are perfect for purchasing gifts that give back to local people.
To discover more social enterprises, take a look at our showcase! Packed with stories from ambitious social entrepreneurs, it shines a light on the incredible ways changemakers are turning their learning into action across Scotland.