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North Wales Social Enterprises scoop the 2012 Social Enterprise Awards Wales
Three North Wales social enterprises have won categories in this years Social Enterprise Wales Awards which took place today (Friday 19th October) at the Scala Cinema and Arts Centre in Prestatyn.
The awards were hosted by Wales Co-operative Centre and Wales Social Enterprise Coalition and was sponsored by not for profit internet registry company Nominet.
The full list of winners reads as follows:
Social Enterprise Leader of the Year
Kelly Davies of Vi-ability
Kelly Davies has been Managing Director of Vi-ability for nearly three years. Kelly has succeeded in positioning Vi-ability as one of the leading personal development/employment facing sport industry programmes in UK and Europe for socially disadvantaged participants It produces consistently positive outcomes in relation to engagement, retention and progression.
Kelly was delighted to win the award, “I’m overwhelmed! I really didn’t expect to win after our success in these Awards last year. It shows that we haven’t stood still and we’re still doing something right!”
Social Enterprise Start up of the Year – North Wales Credit Union
North Wales Credit Union is a financial co-operative which provides a wide range of ethical financial services across North Wales. Regulated by the Financial Services Authority, it is the fourth largest financial mutual in Wales. It was formed in January 2011 through the merger of five credit unions. Since then it has been looked to as a model of excellence by credit unions and policymakers from across the UK.
Mac McCarthym from the North Wales Credit Union, commented, ”Wow! From our persepective, this award is fantastic. Creating North Wales Credit Union took 18 months of really hard work by both staff and volunteers, and we’re accepting this Award on their behalf.”
Social Enterprise Supporter of the Year – St Illtyd’s Communities First Partnership
St Illtyds Communities First is part of a Welsh Government anti-poverty campaign which has been established for 10 years. The team consists of 5 individuals who are dedicated to supporting and encouraging initiatives that make positive changes to the social economy. They work in Llanhilleth Institute supporting communities from Brynithel, Swffryd, Aberbeeg and Llanhilleth. St Illtyd’s Communities First has been responsible for starting up and supporting 3 social enterprises and creating 16 jobs in a socially deprived area of Wales.
Anna Chard from St Illtyd’s Communities First Partnership stated, ”Its a real honour to accept this Award on behalf of the Communities First Partnership Board, the staff team and the social enterprises we support.”
Social Enterprise Supporter of the Year – Special Mention
The City & County of Swansea, Housing Renewals & Adaptations Department was singled out for a special mention as an example of a Local Authority who have made a major contribution to supporting the development of a social enterprise. City & County of Swansea has provided support and been available to reflect, counsel and steer changes to other organisations that resulted in the development of social enterprises such as Swansea Care & Repair Services.
Social Enterprise of the Year – Crest Co-operative
Crest Co-operative operates a number of recycling enterprises including , a food poverty project that distributes in-date food from food manufacturers to the homeless and vulnerable across North Wales; a textile recycling operation throughout Conwy County Borough Council; and finally Crest Co-operative work with North Wales housing associations to clear empty properties and save kitchens/bathrooms from landfill. Crest Co-operative’s work primarily focuses on social and environmental purposes, working to promote social inclusion and at the same time work to save materials and food from landfill. Sharon Jones from Crest Co-operative recieved the award, ”I’m speechless. This is a real surprise and its great to win such as prestigious award.”
Wales Co-operative Centre Chief Executive Derek Walker commented, “The quality of nominations this year demonstrated not only the breadth and versatility of the sector but the importance the sector has to communities across Wales. The judges this year had a tough task deciding between a number of very dedicated people and a number of extremely deserving nominees. The winners chosen demonstrate an impressive commitment to their area of expertise and a level of service that is outstanding. We congratulate Crest Co-operative, St Illtyd’s Communities First Partnership, North Wales Credit Union and Kelly Davies and all of the other excellent social enterprises who were shortlisted.”
Not for profit Internet registry company Nominet sponsoredthe Social Enterprise Awards Wales 2012. Nominet run one of the world’s largest Internet registries and manage over ten million domain names. They are entrusted with the safe, stable and secure management of the .uk Internet name space and recently submitted applications for the new .cymru and .wales top level domains. For more information visit www.nominet.org.uk
Written by davemadgecoop
October 19, 2012 at 2:59 pm
The Wales Co-operative Centre is currently recruiting for four positions:
Administration/Monitoring Officer – Social Enterprise Support Project
Senior Administrative Officer
Communities 2.0 Area ICT Broker (Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil & Torfaen)
(Applications close at midday on 2nd September for the above positions).
Mapping and Web Assistant, Communities 2.0
(Applications close at midday on 20th September)
Please see the Wales Co-operative Centre’s current vacancies for more information.
We are currently advertising for five job vacancies, four of which are brand new.
Three are due to winning of a new project – the Business Succession and Consortia project, and the fourth is an additional team member for our successful Communities 2.0 digital inclusion project.
The jobs are as follows; further information can be found on our current vacancies page.
Project Manager – Business Succession and Consortia Project
Marketing Officer – Business Succession and Consortia Project
Administration/Monitoring Officer – Business Succession and Consortia Project
All Wales Field Officer – Communities 2.0 Project
Enterprise ICT Development Officer – Communities 2.0 Project
The closing date for applications is noon on the 29th November 2010. Interviews with be held during December.
Job title: Chief Executive
Period of employment: Continuous, subject to the appropriate continued funding.
Salary: £60,000 pa
Closing date: Friday 24 September 2010
The Wales Co-operative Centre, the UK´s largest co-operative development agency, seeks to employ a dynamic Chief Executive who will lead and inspire.
Proven experience of influencing policy, developing and directing strategy and exceptional communication skills are all essential. With experience of managing at a senior level, the successful candidate will champion the Centre´s values, be committed to continual organisational improvement and will have the creativity to develop new opportunities for the organisation.
Application pack letter (.doc, 1.13MB)
Job description and person specification (.doc, 77KB)
Equal opportunity form (.doc, 1.14MB)
Application form (.doc, 130KB)
Wales Co-operative Centre Annual Report 2009-2010 (.pdf, 3MB)
Wales Co-operative Centre staff structure (.pdf, 46KB)
Guide to the Wales Co-operative Centre (.pdf, 468KB)
Accounts 2009 (.tif, 854KB)
Executive summary – Digital Inclusion (.doc, 231KB)
Executive summary – Enterprise Programme (.doc, 37.5KB)
Executive summary – Financial Inclusion (.doc, 29.5KB)
Alternatively please contact Raluca Dumitrescu on 029 2055 4955, or at the Wales Co-operative Centre, Llandaff Court, Cardiff, CF5 2XP, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Google boss Eric Schmidt warned this week that when they grow up, many young people will want to change their names to dissociate themselves from the activities and revelations they splashed across the web as they were growing up.
With the growing trend of social networking membership, what is or is not acceptable to put online is changing. One in 13 people on the planet are now part of Facebook’s 500 billion monthly users.
Facebook’s latest venture is ‘Places’ which lets you tell your friends where you are. Foursquare and Gowalla already do this. What’s more, you have to opt-out of the new feature by unticking a box in your profile settings, rather than choose to opt-in.
The real concerns about allowing so much information about yourself to be online are that fraudsters could steal your identity, burglars may know when you’re not at home, and perhaps a potential employer will see your latest drunken Saturday night photos on the web and decide you are not a suitable employee after all.
But in the future, social networking might have become so commonplace that people will be suspicious if they can’t find anything about you on the web. Who are you? What have you done?
After all, one hundred years ago (and much less in some places) everyone knew everybody else in their village. They knew their names, what their job was, who they were related to. Is this so far removed from social media today?
As Julian Baggini from the independent.co.uk puts it:
“The recklessness of youth is not what it used to be.
“Whereas previous generations panicked about knife-wielding teddy boys, sexually lascivious rockers, drug-fogged hippies, heroin-injected inner-city youths and drunken town centre rabbles, now the concern is that the kids are not appropriately discreet in their data handling. I’d like to have heard The Who write a song about that.”
Personally I do use a slightly different name in personal social media, one my friends would know, to the one I would use for work. This is not because I have anything to hide, but so I can keep two halves of my life separate! However if you have a more common name your worries about potential employers discovering a murky past could be far fewer.