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Social enterprises celebrate national award with Shrewsbury conference

Nicky Kent, Social Enterprise Business Consultant and director of Social Heart CIC

Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin has won a national award to celebrate and recognise the area as a hotspot of social enterprise.

Social Enterprise UK, the national body for social enterprises, said the area was thriving with activity as they gave it Social Enterprise Place status.

It means the county can now join a network of pioneering hotspots around the world.

Peter Holbrook, CEO at Social Enterprise UK said: “Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin fully deserve this award and I’ve been impressed by the variety of social enterprises in the area working hard to tackle some of society’s most pressing challenges such as long-term unemployment and mental health issues.”

Social Enterprises are businesses with a social or environmental mission.
Over the last 10 years many social enterprises which have had an impact around the country have started in Shropshire, including FUSE CIC, Social Heart CIC, Fordhall Farm in Market Drayton and Designs in Mind, based in Oswestry.

Jean Jarvis MBE, managing director of FUSE CIC and CEO of Ludlow-based charity The Furniture Scheme, said she was delighted with the national award.

She said: “The award aims to promote and raise awareness of these local businesses and encourage the public to buy from them.

“We are delighted to be recognised for this after a lot of hard work at all levels.
“There are some excellent community interest companies across Shropshire and Telford.”

Nicky Kent, Social Enterprise Business Consultant and director of Social Heart CIC based in Chirbury, said: “This is a fantastic award, we have been recognised as a leader in the sector.

“We have a great opportunity to unlock investment, showcase local businesses and share best practice from around the UK.”

The award will be handed over at a social enterprise summit and networking event at University Centre Shrewsbury on November 15.

From 10.30am to 3.30 guests will have a chance to listen to keynote speakers including Peter Holbrook, CEO, Social Enterprise UK, Shaun Davies, Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, Dr Julian Povey from NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Judith Wester from Cedar CIC will share her social enterprise story.

Jean added: “We think it’s a must attend event for third sector, local authorities and large and small businesses.”

Tickets for the event are £10 and can be bought online at www.eventbright.co.uk.
Anyone interested in exhibiting should email Nicky Kent at socialheartcic@gmail.com.


Shropshire charity launches its first calendar

Jean Jarvis MBE, CEO

A Shropshire charity has launched a new fine art calendar – featuring a donated wooden chair.

The Furniture Scheme, based in Ludlow, commissioned local photographer Nigel Bishop who has spent months capturing images of the chair in unexpected locations across south Shropshire.

The charity, which received donations of unwanted furniture, is well known for repairing, restoring and upcycling it and sells it to raise much needed funds to help local people.

The 2018 calendar is a new way of fundraising and will be on sale this month at all Furniture Scheme outlets, Castle Bookshop in Ludlow and online at www.furniturescheme.co.uk.

Chief executive of the charity, Jean Jarvis MBE, said: “The photographs really are quite stunning.

“It features some of south Shropshire’s most beautiful locations.
“We thought producing a calendar would be a good way to highlight the work we do, to remind people throughout the year and pay tribute to our wonderful volunteers.”

The Furniture Scheme has been supporting people in need in South Shropshire for
more than 22 years. The charity was initially formed to address growing concerns
about the amount of waste going to landfill.

It recycles or repairs donated furniture and household goods before passing them on
to those in need or selling them to fund work placements for the unemployed.

Furniture is restored at the carpentry workshop in Friars Walk before being sold at the Warehouse in Weeping Cross Lane or Renaissance on Tower Street.

The charity also runs Rockspring Community Centre in Ludlow and the Charity Bookshop and CasCA in Craven Arms.

Jean added: “This is the first time we have created a calendar and we look forward to seeing what people have to say.

“We hope people will buy these as gifts for Christmas and if all goes well it could become an annual publication.”

For more information about the Furniture Scheme visit the website www.furniturescheme.co.uk, call 01584 874922 or email info@furniturescheme.co.uk.

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