Local United has set out to support Transition and other low carbon community initiatives in setting up social enterprises in waste, energy, food and transport.
They are running an event soon in our very own Bricks and Bread centre in Aldershot.
Workshop: Starting Up a Community Reuse and Resource Centre
“Making Ourselves Unstoppable: Overcoming the Challenges”
10 – 4pm, 13th July, 2011 Bricks and Bread, Aldershot
This one-day interactive workshop is for community activists and entrepreneurs starting-up a Community Reuse and Resource Centre. The day is designed to give you expert practical advice and the chance to work through the issues you face with people who’ve done it before.
The morning will start with a tour of a working example – the Bricks and Bread Sustainable Living Centre http://www.bricksandbread.com/ with founder Trudy Thompson.
This will be followed by a workshop on the challenges in reuse, repair, remanufacture and retraining with Kelvin Hughes who set up the Newbury Community Resource Centre.
In the afternoon there will be question and answer sessions on the issues you face such as making reuse pay its way, choosing the right business structure, getting the logistics right and partnering with local authorities.
We’ll be running “surgery” sessions with advisors on hand to answer your individual questions with tailored advice. So you’ll leave with answers to the issues you face in setting up your social enterprise and a clear idea of next steps. You’ll also able to build your own support network , link into the community resource networks FRN & LCRN and gain an understanding of the social franchise opportunities with Bricks and Bread.
Book your place now at http://communityreusestartup.eventbrite.com.
Cost: JUST £5 to cover lunch and tea & coffee, please pay at the door.