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RISING SOCIAL AWARENESS IS DRIVING A BUSINESS START-UP REVOLUTION.

It’s a growing global movement reflecting a shift towards a more inclusive business model: social entrepreneurship promotes new approaches to solve old social problems, creating shared financial and social value.

The UK is viewed around the world as a leader in social enterprise and creating social value through entrepreneurship. According to the UK Government, there are more than 70,000 social enterprises in the UK, contributing £24bn to the economy and employing nearly a million people.

Statistics show that social businesses consistently outperform their mainstream SME counterparts in terms of growth, innovation, business optimism, start-up rates and diversity of leadership.

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FROM GLASGOW TO THE WORLD: CELEBRATING STREET PAPERS AND PEOPLE WHO SELL THEM.

It’s a concept which has helped 300,000 people across the world out of homelessness and poverty, and it’s done from a base in Scotland.

So it’s entirely appropriate that Glasgow’s Lighthouse is the home of the world’s first ever international street paper exhibition.

Arranged by the International Network of Street Papers (INSP), Uncovered: still homeless, still an issue showcases the proud history of international street papers.

The exhibition was launched last week as part of #VendorWeek, INSP’s worldwide celebration of the 10,000 men and women currently creating better lives through selling these papers.

Brought to life by Glasgow ideas agency Equator, the exhibition includes simple yet evocative installations to highlight the unpleasant realities vendors often face. For example, by wearing a virtual reality headset, viewers can join Paul, a Big Issue seller in London, allowing for an immersive experience into the life of a vendor.

http://thisisgoodwork.org/street-papers/

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NEW £5M BIG ISSUE INVEST LOAN FUND TO HELP SOCIAL ENTERPRISES.

Big Issue Invest launches Impact Loans England scheme to fund organisations with a social mission.

Big Issue Invest, The Big Issue Group’s social investment arm, has launched a brand new £5 million lending scheme aimed at helping social enterprises and charities in England.

The Impact Loans England programme will make funding of between £20,000 and £150,000 available to organisations keen to expand – whether its buying equipment, hiring new talent, or making progress with business development plans.

http://thisisgoodwork.org/bigissueinvest/

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HOW SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD.

We have grown accustomed to the Silicon Valley zeal driving startups to develop new technologies that will disrupt the market in yet another way.

On-demand apps like Uber are aimed at making our lives easier by saving us time and money. In other parts of the world, people are faced with different kinds of “problems.” They aren’t so much worried about finding an app that will water their plants — their actual concern is finding water. An example, among many others, is India.

Purifying water in India

Nearly three-fourths of all diseases in India are caused by water contaminants, yet many Indians still lack access to clean drinking water. This health issue has been addressed by several organisations, one of which is Piramal Sarvajal.

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‘SOLAR MAMAS’ SHINE THROUGH.

They can’t read or write but they are solar engineers.

These Golden Girls of the interior Kota Marudu district of Sabah have brought electricity to 200 homes in four villages there.

Farmers Gining Jaineh, 45, from Kampung Binontungan Suyad, and Rusni Singkamung, 45, from Kam­pung Sungai Magandai, went to Tilonia, Rajasthan, India, for six months in March last year to learn about solar engineering at the Barefoot College, which provides education for the rural underprivileged.

They follow in the footsteps of 47-year-old rubber tapper Tarahing Masanin, who went there in 2014 and returned to light up 100 homes in her village of Kampung Sonsogon Magandai.

http://thisisgoodwork.org/solarmamas/

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THE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE VODKA SUPPORTING UK ARMED FORCES.

A social enterprise that supports the armed forces in the UK has secured ‘the largest ever listing of its kind’ with supermarket Asda.

Heroes Drinks Company will stock its premium wheat grain vodka in 350 Asda stores and donate at least 20% of its profits to armed forces personnel.

Chris Gillan, founder Heroes Drinks Company and a military veteran himself, said: “The opportunity afforded to Heroes Drinks by Asda is simply incredible and I am grateful for their overwhelming support. The scale of opportunity has enabled Heroes Drinks to launch a super-premium vodka at an incredible price and the significant increase in sales will not only fast-track our ambitions of employing disadvantaged veterans nationwide but also greatly increase our financial support to our partnering charities.”

Having established a relationship with Social Investment Scotland (SIS), Heroes Drinks participated in the first Asda Social Enterprise Supplier Development Academy, which offers support to entrepreneurs and social enterprises.

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FOUR CHARITIES FIGHTING TO GET OUR MENTAL HEALTH TALKED ABOUT.

Mental health is a term that for a long time now has been stigmatised. Pushed to the back bones of society, always there but rarely spoken about. Many people, of all ages, feel embarrassed about discussing their mental health issues or perhaps don’t even realise that they have a mental health issue at all, and so it can go on ignored.

With shocking statistics emerging all the time, the importance of discussing mental health is becoming increasingly more apparent. When it comes to mental health, speech really is priceless and while it may not stop it, the more we talk about mental health, the less of a stigma it becomes.

Mental health is a wellbeing issue and problems with it can affect anyone – regardless of sex, gender or age. It may not always be obvious that someone is struggling with their mental health and so raising awareness of it within our society can be highly important in helping someone feel that they can speak out.

http://thisisgoodwork.org/four-charities/

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HOW A UK-BASED CHARITY HALVED CHILD AND MATERNAL DEATHS IN COASTAL BANGLADESH.

Human Appeal, a humanitarian aid charity based in Greater Manchester, have got to the end of a two-year maternal and child health project they conducted in an area of Bangladesh which has helped reduce infant and child mortality by 50%.

The project was conducted in Satkhira Sadar, a coastal region of Bangladesh that is particularly prone to natural disasters, poor access to clean drinking water and high food insecurity. It is also an area below the national average for literacy rate and income, with poor access to health facilities and health professionals.

Human Appeal CEO, Othman Moqbel, described the Bangladeshi region: “When we first started this project in August 2014, Satkhira Sadar was suffering from a disastrous cocktail of poverty, poor knowledge and behaviour around health, as well as cultural constraints that have prevented women from accessing health care. Child mortality and deaths in childbirth in Satkhira is disastrously high and over 60% of mothers in the district give birth to low weight babies – which is a baby that weighs less than 5 pounds 8 ounces. Prior to this project, per 1000 births, 54% of children were dying during childbirth and 3.5% of mothers were dying.”

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EDUCATION MAKEOVER, COURTESY OF UK CHARITY PORRIDGE AND RICE.

The intention of the founders of Porridge and Rice was to have a positive impact on the lives of the children at their partner schools. Now that the charity has been operational for more than two years, we are starting to see clearly the effect the support is having.

One of the students who has clearly benefitted from this partnership is Charles Mudavadi. He stands out in Excel Emmanuel (a primary school) for being in his late teens and so is literally head and shoulders above the other children. When the charity first met Charles, he routinely had nothing but a cup of coffee for breakfast and a mandazi (savoury doughnut) for lunch, which meant he was very hungry and unable to concentrate through the school day.

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THE SIMPLE WATER FILTER THAT COULD SAVE LIVES AROUND THE WORLD.

USC senior’s Club H2O is the first step to launching a global business spun off from that charity.

About five years ago, Kevin Kassel traveled to Ecuador with a school group and experienced something that would change his life. As part of the trip, he delivered a water filter to an elementary school.

“When we got there, we learned that a little girl had died from diarrhea as a result of contaminated water only the week before,” he said. “I was shocked. We don’t think of diarrhea as fatal, and the fact that the solution was so simple and inexpensive — a $60 water filter — made me think: Maybe if we had been there a week earlier, that little girl might still be alive.”

The thought was powerfully motivating. When he got home, Kassel started Club H2O.

“The idea was that anyone traveling to a developing country for tourism or charity could get a water filter from us and deliver it to a school or community in need,” Kassel said. “For instance, when USC sent a team of doctors to help with disaster relief efforts after the Nepal earthquake, we sent 60 or 70 filters with them. With very little demand on their time, people could make a lasting impact in the world.”

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