BRO Enterprise is a social enterprise and cooperative which aims to look at ways to tackle social isolation and loneliness in the community by bringing people together to enjoy a cup of tea and a cake, and to have fun together through crafts and interactive reading activities
Students of Broughton High School have created a safe and welcoming space featuring a community café and intergenerational workshops where everyone is welcome. Established in late November 2017, the enterprise has been running each Friday afternoon and boasts a growing customer base of café regulars and workshop participants from early years to the golden agers. A recent partnership with the Cyrenians Fareshare movement enables the enterprise to provide very low cost and healthy home-made soups and baking. Natalia’s red velvet cake is a definite favourite.
The social enterprise has been a really positive movement in our school.
Learners have real opportunities to become effective contributors and responsible, caring citizens who feel empowered to bring about change within their community. Students are developing skills for work and life in addition to building confidence and creativity. They plan and lead the interactive workshops, create the activities and resources and manage the running of the café. Already, we see that working closely with our community is helping to build a stronger and more caring society.
Each week we provide workshops for people of all ages. We might have an eighty year old making playdough with a seven year olds, or a whole room reading together with props and mimes.
…. then you might be interested in the new Social Enterprise Resource Pack developed by the British Council, Social Enterprise Academy (SEA) and Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) helping teachers to deliver activities and lessons on social enterprise.
Written in clear English and aimed at students aged 7-14, the resource pack is suitable for any educator – no previous experience of social enterprise is needed – and is designed to help achieve key teaching objectives, promote valuable skills and enrich the quality of education in schools. It also offers advice on how to use the content in an international school partnership and how to find a partner school.
The pack contains six principal lesson plans as well as suggestions for activities in the classroom and community. The activities spur students to think about social problems in their localities and further afield and the role that businesses and social enterprises can play in addressing them. As the lessons progress, students working in groups develop a business plan for their own social enterprise and the most promising of these plans is turned into a real social enterprise.
One example highlighted in the pack is the partnership between Bishopbriggs Academy in East Dunbartonshire and the Karma Project in India whose privately funded school provides free education for 70 children who would not otherwise receive it.
For more information please visit: https://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/classroom-resources/list/social-enterprise
For more enterprising ideas, resources and case studies go to Scotland’s Enterprising Schools
Social Enterprise Academy and Education Scotland are working in partnership to make available an Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) award. The programme will be delivered in two sessions, the first of which will take place on 6 and 7 November 2015. The programme will be delivered through the medium of Gaelic and encourages teachers to be leaders of learning. Specific aims are to:
• Understand and reflect on leadership in context of Gaelic Education
• Gain clarity on setting direction for your work and communicating change
• Develop your skills in engaging with partnership working
• Gain insight into the skills required to be a successful leader of learning in Gaelic Education.
For more information, please contact Kate McArdle: 01463 238 088 firstname.lastname@example.org. To note: The programme fee has been reduced in price.