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Selnet CEO in Top 100 Northern Power Women

Selnet are delighted to announce that our CEO Liz Tapner has been recognised again for her leadership impact and achievements in the North. Liz is a down to earth, open and no-nonsense leader with talent for bringing people together and enabling change for good. This latest award follows her Honorary Fellowship of Social Enterprise UK in 2017 and her national Women in Social Enterprise award in 2018 which recognised her as the UK’s most influential woman in the sector.

Being recognised in the Top 100 Northern Power Women from all sectors and industries reflects Liz’s impact in representing our sector and securing opportunities for conversations, contracts, and collaborations. Selnet was established to support the social enterprise sector across Lancashire; Only last week we announced a partnership with the Social Enterprise Academy to deliver an exceptional leadership development programme for social enterprise leaders in Lancashire and the North West. Applications are now open!

 

Top 100 Northern Power Women: full press release

NPW awards RELEASE

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Cauda Equina Syndrome Association

Contact: Claire Thornber

 

Email: clairethornber@hotmail.co.uk

Web: www.ihavecaudaequina.com 

   

 

About Us

We are the national support group for people living with cauda equina syndrome. We run national support group meetings for patients and also raise awareness of the red flags of the condition that arise from medical negligence. We run a helpline and offer advice re issues surrounding the condition.

 


 

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New Year, New Opportunity for Lancashire’s Social Entrepreneurs

Selnet and the Scottish Social Enterprise Academy join forces to launch the ‘Building for Sustainability’ leadership programme across Lancashire and the North West

Lancashire’s Social Enterprise Network ‘Selnet’ has brought over £12M of funding and contract opportunities for social enterprises across the county over the past 10 years. As a result, at the social enterprise sector’s annual awards event in London, Selnet CEO Liz Tapner was recognised as being the UK’s Most Influential Woman in Social Enterprise.

Selnet are starting 2019 by teaming up with the Scottish Social Enterprise Academy to launch a unique, intensive new programme to enhance the sector’s leadership skills across Lancashire and the North West.

As the lead body representing social enterprise in Lancashire, Selnet enables Lancashire Social Enterprise to access the support and resources to aid business development and growth.

There are approximately 100,000 social enterprises in the UK, contributing £60 billion to the economy each year and employing approximately two million people (Social Enterprise UK). They operate in nearly every sector from selling quality consumer goods to providing health and social care services.

The pressure is always on for leaders to manage the day to day demands of running a successful social enterprise while looking ahead at future contracts, partnerships and income streams. Leaders need to be even more entrepreneurial, innovative and enterprising, working together to address current challenges and to seize new opportunities. This new programme aims to help leaders to do just that!

Speaking about the new programme, Scottish Social Enterprise Academy’s Olga Wojciechowska, said:


“Social Entrepreneurship is seeing the future in a way that no one else does.

This programme is about bringing together senior leaders, through exploring and nurturing skills, coaching and enabling them to share ideas and tools; all to enhance their organisations’ future sustainability and impact.”


Selnet and the Academy are calling for social enterprise leaders to apply for their place on the programme. CEO Liz said:


“Selnet ended 2018 on a high and 2019 is off to a flying start! We are thrilled to be joining forces with the Scottish Social Enterprise Academy to bring this phenomenal programme into Lancashire and the North West.

“It’s more than a personal development programme; it’s about building future leaders who can shape their organisations to have greater social impact in our communities.”


Thanks to support from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, the fee for this programme has been highly subsidised and applications are now open. Follow the links from the Selnet homepage for the information you need to apply at www.selnet-uk.com

 

 

 


 

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Building for Sustainability

Are you confident about the future of your social enterprise?

The pressure is always on for leaders to manage the day to day demands of running a successful social enterprise while looking ahead at future contracts, partnerships and income streams…

Across the third sector, there is increasing need for organisations to be even more entrepreneurial, innovative and enterprising to improve the sustainability, address current challenges and seize new opportunities.


5 modules over 10 days | March 2019 – November 2019 | Central Lancashire



‘Building for Sustainability’
is more than a personal development programme; It is about building future leaders who can help to shape their organisation to have a greater social impact. Read the press release on our exciting new programme here.

The Social Enterprise Academy are partnering with Selnet, the Lancashire social enterprise network, to deliver this unique and intensive programme that will:

  • Explore the skills, mind-sets and behaviours needed to be an enterprising and innovative leader;
  • Provide space for you to explore ideas and tools that can enhance your sustainability creating more opportunity to achieve your mission and vision;
  • Bring together senior leaders, committed to developing and growing their organisation to the next stage, to share and learn together.

If you are a senior social enterprise leader interested in participating in the programme, please download the application pack.


The ‘Building for Sustainability’ programme is delivered in partnership by the Social Enterprise Academy and Selnet and funded by the Postcode Innovation Trust.

 

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Lancashire’s Leading Light: Selnet CEO Liz Tapner brings huge national award home to Lancashire


Liz Tapner, CEO of Lancashire’s social enterprise network Selnet, has won a national award recognising her as the UK’s most influential woman in social enterprise.

Liz was awarded the Women in Social Enterprise award at the UK Social Enterprise Awards, held on Wednesday night at the Guildhall in the City of London.

The national awards organised by Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) shines a spotlight on the leading lights of the social enterprise community, recognising the outstanding achievements of businesses which trade for a social purpose.

There are approximately 100,000 social enterprises in the UK, contributing £60 billion to the economy each year and employing approximately two million people. They operate in nearly every sector from selling quality consumer goods to providing health and social care services.  

As the lead body representing social enterprise in Lancashire, Selnet enables Lancashire Social Enterprise to access the support and resources to aid business development and growth.

The people who make change happen

On presenting the Women in Social Enterprise award, VCSE Crown Representative Claire Dove said “just last week I was at an event marking 100 years since women had the vote. Now the third sector is leading the way for gender equality”. Notably, the shortlist of 8 leading women from the sector included two from Lancashire; Liz Tapner of Selnet and Tracey Bush, CEO of Spiral Health CIC.

Following the award presentation, Liz said:


 

“I am so proud to have been recognised from such a phenomenal list of women!

I’ve been with Selnet for more than 10 years and I am so honoured to represent the social enterprise sector and will continue to shout about the amazing work that happens across Lancashire.

I’ve really come a long way. I would like to take the opportunity to thank my incredible team, Selnet board of directors and everyone who has supported me on my own journey.

We’ve got big plans for the coming year so bring on 2019! “

 


Liz was one of the first 15 social enterprise leaders to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Social Enterprise UK in 2017. This latest award sets Liz apart as the UK’s most influential woman in social enterprise.

The Awards were hosted by award-winning comedian Mark Watson and was also attended by SEUK patron, Chris Addison, who said to the audience of social enterprise representatives:

“What you do is so thrillingly amazing. Your passion and thought and ideas and energy; you will change the world. You are some of the most impressive people I have met. I know it’s a really hard job, but you are the people who make change happen.”

Commenting on this years’ ceremony, Peter Holbrook Chief Executive of SEUK said:

“In the troubling, uncertain times we’re living in, social enterprises are a beacon of hope. They are showing that another way of doing business is possible, one rooted in the values of community, equality and fairness.

This year’s winners are testament to the strength and diversity of the social enterprise movement. It can no longer be seen as a fringe part of our economy but rather as a sector creating real impact both socially and economically.

Social enterprises are showing us what the future of business can look like.”

Social enterprise supply chain

Liz Tapner and the other winners were presented with bespoke trophies made by the social enterprise, Designs in Mind, which employs people with mental health issues. Social enterprises also supplied all the goods and services on the night, including the catering, rigging, drinks, flower displays and goody bags.

The Awards were sponsored by Big Society Capital, The British Council, The Co-op, Deloitte, Employers for Childcare, GLL, Landmarc, Linklaters, NatWest, Pinnacle, Power to Change, Prospective, PwC, Santander and Unity Trust Bank. The Big Issue, itself a social enterprise was the official media partner.

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Finance Officer – Selnet Recruitment

We are looking for a dynamic individual with experience of high-level finance to join our fantastic team in Preston.

The role:

The ideal candidate will be skilled in all aspects of finance including budgeting, managing payments and risk, and the formal presentation of financial information to the company’s board and our funders. As our new Finance Officer, you would be welcomed into our busy office, supporting the delivering of three ‘Building Better Opportunities’ projects, of which Selnet is the Lead Partner.

You will enjoy a challenge, work well as part of a team and have a strong eye for detail. As a key member of our team, you will support colleagues and partners in delivering three major partnership projects that are transforming the lives of disadvantaged people across Lancashire.

Express your Interest:

We are recruiting on a rolling basis and invite interested candidates to submit a CV expressing their interest in the role. We will invite selected candidates for an informal discussion about the opportunity and recruitment for this role will cease once the post has been filled.

The successful candidate will be subject to a six-month probationary period and it is anticipated the post will be until 31st December 2019 with potential extension subject to funding.

  • Your CV and covering letter will be reviewed against the requirements outlined in the job description and specification
  • The post is full time (37 hours per week)
  • Salary £26,821 (subject to an increase of 2% in January 2019)
  • Recruitment on a rolling basis (Previous applicants need not apply)
  • The post will commence on the successful candidates earliest available date.

Submit your CV and a covering letter:

Interested applicants can find the Job Description and Specification for the role below or can request them by email from opportunities@selnet-uk.com, or by telephone on 01772 200690.

CVs and covering letters should be sent for the attention of Donna Sadler at Selnet Ltd, Unit F28, Preston Technology Management Centre, Marsh Lane, Preston, PR1 8UQ or via email to opportunities@selnet-uk.com.

About Selnet:

Selnet is Lancashire’s social enterprise network. We specialise in supporting and building the social enterprise sector in Lancashire and in leading multi-stakeholder partnerships that deliver real change to disadvantaged people and communities.

 

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Finance Officer – Job Description

 

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Selnet CEO shortlisted for UK Social Enterprise Awards

The Selnet team are delighted to announce that our CEO, Liz Tapner, is a finalist in the UK Social Enterprise Awards.

The Awards recognise organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society, as well as the achievements of people working at the heart of the sector. Liz is shortlisted in the ‘Women in Social Enterprise’ category, which celebrates women working in the senior leadership team of a social enterprise who represents excellence in her field of work.

Winners will be announced at an Awards ceremony and gala dinner in a central London venue on Wednesday 28 November.

On announcing the shortlist, SEUK said “Congratulations to those organisations and individuals who have been shortlisted for this year’s UK Social Enterprise Awards! Once again we had an incredible response to the Awards with so many fantastic applications. The quantity and quality of work being done across the UK is hugely inspiring and a real testament to the strength of social enterprise in this country.”

 

Earlier this year Liz was awarded one of the UK’s first Honorary Fellowships by SEUK.

 

 

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2018 Social Enterprise Champion

Each year, Lancashire’s Enterprise in Society Awards celebrates the outstanding contributions of one individual to social enterprise in Lancashire – and our 2018 Social Enterprise Champion award was presented to Diane Marie Price MBE, the Founder and Director of InDiGo.

InDiGo works with disabled children young people 0-25 years old and their families who are under pressure from the situations they find themselves in. Diane’s vision is a society where all children and young people with a disability are able to realise their goals and aspirations, with a right to community inclusive activities and services that support them and their families.

InDiGo was founded on Diane’s real life experiences of bringing up a son with Autism and ADHD. She has the greatest empathy for families with children with disabilities and founded InDiGo from a passion to help others in similar situations to improve their lives.

InDiGo makes a difference to the lives of disabled children/young people families and their siblings, providing families with short breaks. The children are cared for by volunteers who have been carefully chosen to look after them, creating a bond of trust, understanding. This encourages parents to expand the inclusion services available to them. Some have never been swimming, so for a child with a disability to go into the water can be a rewarding achievement.

InDiGo also provide advocacy services, offering support, encouragement and empowerment for parents and carers at meetings with social care, health, education or welfare meetings and supports them with forms and letters.

The service has been in operation for 6 years and through Diane’s work driving the service forward it has successfully achieved funding from various charitable organisations, bringing benefits the too socially deprived areas where parents face the barriers such as social isolation, financial restraint and educational limitations themselves.

 

“I hope that other social enterprises will be inspired to achieve their dreams and aspirations”

 

“I am passionate about making a difference to the lives of children and young people with a disability, and their families.  To be named Social Enterprise Champion 2018 is a true honour. Myself and the In Di Go team are absolutely delighted and feel this is a genuine reward for all InDiGo has achieved.

“The support and help from Selnet has enabled me to achieve my goals – I hope that other social enterprises will be inspired by In Di Go to achieve their dreams and aspirations.”

For more about the work of InDiGo visit www.myindigoworld.org.uk

 

 

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2018 Social Enterprise of the Year

Lancashire Women’s Centres have been recognised as Social Enterprise of the Year for 2018 at the Enterprise in Society Awards in Blackpool.

Lancashire Women’s Centres work with all women but typically support those experiencing multiple and often complex needs including mental ill health, low confidence, offending behaviour and poverty.  Their ‘One Stop Shop model’ provides a female-only safe space for women, reducing the need to access multiple agencies, which can be traumatic or even impossible to navigate. 

“We are proud and delighted to have been crowned Social Enterprise of the Year!  We couldn’t wait to share the news with the rest of our team.

“Lancashire Women’s Centres are here for all women, working to ensure that they can achieve their potential, develop their skills and live safe, healthy and prosperous lives. We are committed to innovation, collaboration and creativity to achieve real and lasting change for the lives of women across Lancashire.

We are committed to the continual innovation in service design and delivery in the next 12 months. Furthermore, we recognise the significant value of collaboration and creativity as the best route to achieving real and lasting change for the lives of women.  We work with partners from all sectors, regionally and nationally to share learning and best practice.”

 

Every Woman Counts   #EveryWomanCounts

 

We believe that Every Woman Counts, with this ethos guiding all services. Our vision is that women, and their families, in the communities we serve are able to achieve their potential, develop their assets and skills and live safe, healthy and prosperous lives.

Lancashire Women’s Centres was established in 1982 in response to tackle high infant mortality rates in Blackburn. Since then their women-led organisation has continued to develop and evolve to respond effectively to the needs of women in Lancashire, expanding from one centre in Blackburn to a network of five centres across the county.

Lancashire Women’s Centres are committed to continual innovation and recognise the significant value of collaboration and creativity as the best route to achieving real and lasting change for the lives of women.

From their network of five female-only centres across the county offering a range of support services for all women across four main programme areas:

  • Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
  • Women at Risk – supporting women in the Criminal Justice Service
  • Employment, advice and guidance
  • Skills and learning

 

Volunteer of the Year

Lancashire Women’s Centres’ volunteers play a vital role in ensuring that the community is embedded in their work, enabling them to reach more women and bring on board vital skills and knowledge. Sarah Harrison, a voluntary member of team was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award for her dedication, inspiration and growth within the organisation.

The Centre Manager said “Women accessing our organisation’s services place great value in the ability to be able to build a relationship with those supporting them, and in feeling that staff and volunteers understand and can relate to their experience without judgement.  Sarah is a strong role model for other women, and they hugely value her support.”

 

Highly Commended: INTACT
Finalists: In Di Go, Social Enterprise Solutions CIC, Urban Organic (UK) CIC and URPotential

 

 

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