I am now a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs!
The last few weeks have been incredible for marking massive changes to The Children’s Health Project. In October 2015, I started a course with 17 other wonderful entrepreneurs, who all had ambitions to change the world! Some had already launched their Social Enterprise, and were looking to learn news skills, whereas others just had an idea that they knew could improve the lives of others. I hovered somewhere between the two – a developed idea, but little-to-no advice on how to run my own company (the world of education is quite different to the world of business!).
The course offered four invaluable things:
- Regular Professional Development
- A business mentor
- A start-up grant funded by Lloyds Bank
- An invaluable support network – both from the team at the EE Hub in Ipswich, and the other social entrepreneurs.
The Children’s Health Project wouldn’t have come as far as it has without all of the above. I am forever grateful to have had the opportunity to be part of the School, and feel honoured and humbled to have now graduated as a Fellow.
So what is Social Enterprise?
Basically, a business trading to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances, or the environment. We make money by selling goods and services, but we reinvest our profits back into the business or the local community. As social enterprise.org.uk states, when we profit, society profits.
We are tackling the issues we see in children’s health – both physical and mental.
1 in 10 children report low levels of happiness.
1 in 14 children report low levels of feeling worthwhile.
1 in 3 children leave Primary school overweight or obese.
One in four 7 year old girls has tried to lose weight at least once.
One third of boys aged 8-12 years are dieting to lose weight.
We proudly display the following logos to demonstrate the support we have had in launching the Project, and will continue to have in order to achieve our social mission.
What is our social mission?
To make a sustainable change in health education, with an emphasis on cross-curricular teaching in PE, Science and PSHE, and offer real-life support for parents and families.
We want all children to have greater respect for their bodies, have the knowledge and confidence to make sustainable healthy choices, and have a true understanding of why it is important to be healthy.
We want children to THRIVE in our modern world…
Please take a look at the rest of our website to see how we support children, parents and schools to realise these changes, and get in touch if you have any questions.