Grants and other traditional methods of funding charities and social enterprises have reduced significantly due to the economic downturn in the UK. This has left more social enterprises and charities bidding for limited funds to support themselves and their service users from a reducing pool of available money.
Bidding for public sector tenders either alone or in partnership with others may be one of the ways that charities and social enterprises can maintain or increase their funding in the future. While not without it’s risks and concerns, some social enterprises have taken this route very successfully.
In the North East of England, NEPO The North East Procurement Organisation, represents 12 North East Councils from Berwick to North Yorkshire in offering tenders for a huge variety of services worth millions of pounds.
In the video below, NEPO’s Director Ian Taylor, describes how charities and social enterprises can bid for tenders alone or in conjunct with others.
The Big Issue in the North, a magazine sold by homeless and other people in the north of the UK to provide them with a means of income and to campaign for the prevention of homelessness is going digital.
If you are in Manchester, from Monday 29th October, you will be able to buy a digital copy of the latest magazine from a Big Issue seller either in the normal print form or in digital form to read later on your phone, PC or iPad. The digital issue will cost the same £2 as the print edition, with £1 going to support the seller.
By scanning a QR code on a ticket sold by the seller, the latest magazine will be downloaded to your phone, PC or hand held device for you to read at your leisure.
Cura is a free tool which enables family members,friends, neighbours or a community to share the care and support of a loved one. It does this by making their care ‘social’ so that everyone can securely see the tasks that have been done, the tasks others have accepted and the tasks that are still outstanding.
In this way a group of carers can have a better understanding of the whole care needs of an individual and the important role individual carers can play in their support sometimes just by carrying out very simple tasks.
Six million people in the UK are caring right now and without the right support, caring can quickly take its toll on your finances, your health, your career, your family and your social life. Yet without unpaid carers the UK would be left facing an £119 billion care bill it simply could not afford.