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Raana, a real bread maker

Tweet Today is the last day of Real Bread Maker Week, not too high profile as far as awareness weeks go, but it seemed an opportune moment to share a one minute video of the best real bread maker I … Continue reading

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This is a pants story

TweetWhose pants do you pop on? Whose name’s in your knickers? Who’s behind your briefs? Who styled your smalls? And just where is this intro going? Enough already. While retail guru Mary Portas last night kicked off her pledge to … Continue reading

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12 days of Christmas, Social Issue-style

TweetSeason’s greetings from The Social Issue – to mark the jollities, here’s a snapshot of some of the upbeat posts and pictures about people, projects and places featured over the last 12 months. This festive pick is by no means … Continue reading

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Is Paddington the “big society” in action?

TweetBig society in action is how civil society minister Nick Hurd described the award-winning Paddington Development Trust (PDT) which he chose for his first ministerial visit in May 2010. “Residents have real sense of ownership and power,” he enthused on … Continue reading

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Life stories: freeing the minds of dementia sufferers

TweetIt was only a picture of a gurgling baby. But to one elderly woman with dementia, it meant the world. “She had dementia, was in a care home and was past the stage where she could really have a conversation,” … Continue reading

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How to attract social investment

TweetFor every enterprise that grows through a mixed palette of investment and management support, there is the business thwarted by a seemingly impenetrable wall of investment options. Read my piece on how businesses might attract social investment on the Guardian’s … Continue reading

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Training tomorrow’s social enterprise leaders

TweetThere are growing ripples of activity in the social enterprise sector caused by efforts to plug the skills gap and boost the role of continuing professional development (CPD). Click to read my piece for the Guardian’s online social enterprise network.

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Sociable mergers; social enterprise collaboration

TweetSeveral high-profile social enterprises are merging, but how troublesome are the tie-ups? Here’s my Guardian online piece on social enterprise mergers.

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Young people and a load of bull

TweetKayla Whiting lives in Hackney, a former administrator for media social enterprise Poached Creative, she project managed the short community film Life’s A Bitch which got local young people involved in media and raised awareness about Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Here, … Continue reading

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How Roma integration could be child’s play

TweetIt is a simple act that speaks volumes about the barriers that have been broken; a young Roma boy hands a flower to the play worker he had been so challenging towards just two weeks ago. The scene took place … Continue reading

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