The HCT Social Enterprise Champions Programme began in 2011. The Champions are HCT Group staff from across the organisation – they could be drivers, passenger assistants or administrators.  Their role is to help their colleagues learn about social enterprise and why it’s a good idea.

In February 2017, HCT Group launched our 4th programme in Leeds and over the next few months, we’ll take twelve frontline staff to Bristol and London to visit interesting and innovative Social Enterprises and users groups supported by HCT.

Our first destination was Leeds, where we visited:   

  • Cielo, a small chain of coffee shops working to improve community cohesion and reduce loneliness.  
  • Seagulls Paint, who collect and reuse unwanted paint, run community mosaic classes and a gallery, and provide employment for long-term unemployed
  • Paperworks, a fulfilment and mailing organisation dedicated to providing training and support to adults with learning, physical and mental health related disabilities.
  • St Vincent’s support centre: a charity which provides a huge number of services including legal and immigration advice, furniture, a community café and ESOL training.  HCT provides transport for SVP
  • The Arch Café, run by Age UK Leeds, where all of the profits support their work with older people.

During the course of the programme, participants will learn all about social enterprise, what makes an organisation ‘social’ versus a charity and how it all relates to HCT.  A full write is available on the SEUK site here.

The 2017 Social Enterprise Champions are: Tanya Davis (LaSCoT), Michael Faucher Folie (Hackney Community Transport), Rosetta Harper (London Waltham Forest), Esher Howard (London: Wandsworth), Pauline Jacob (London Ash Grove), Jon Lozach (Jersey), Andy Margison (Guernsey), Neil Taylor (Wakefield), Nicola Williams (Bristol), Richard Zanetti (Leeds) and Samuel Ziki (Leeds), led by Nick Temple (SEUK) and Tracey Vickers (HCT Group).

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