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NI Social Enterprise Awards 2014

Social Enterprise NI hosted the annual Social Enterprise business awards at the Hilton Hotel Belfast on 23rd October with NOW, an organisation which provides training, employment and support services to people of all learning abilities, named as the overall Northern Ireland Social Enterprise of the Year.

Speaking at the event, Andrew McCormick, said: “With social enterprise playing an increasingly significant role in our economy, it is important that the efforts of the sector are rightfully acknowledged and rewarded. Each of this year’s awards nominations reflect the exceptional work currently taking place in a wide range of social enterprises and which is having a real impact in communities throughout Northern Ireland.”

Winners in the various categories were as follows:-

Social Enterprise of the Year - NOW

One to Watch - Vineyard Compassion

Health and Social Care Social Enterprise - Carecall

Consumer Facing Social Enterprise - Carecall

Education, Training and Jobs Social Enterprise - Mount Zion Group

Social Enterprise Women’s Champion – Maeve Monaghan

Further information on the work of Social Enterprise NI can be found at

www.socialenterpriseni.org

Third Sector mapping exercise

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster and Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland have announced the findings of a mapping exercise into the third sector in Northern Ireland.

Social Economy Work Programme

DETI has appointed Social Enterprise NI  to deliver a three year Social Economy Work Programme (SEWP) in direct response to the findings of an independent evaluation of the Northern Ireland Social Economy Sector. The main objective of the SEWP is to develop and implement an agreed three year programme of initiatives to enable the continued growth of a sustainable social economy sector.

Social Enterprise NI is a consortium of social enterprises and social entrepreneurs which have come together to design, manage and deliver a programme of initiatives to support the continued development of a sustainable Northern Ireland social economy sector and to develop an environment where society profits and social enterprises excel at meeting community need.

Social Economy Initiatives

Invest NI’s Social Entrepreneurship Programme can provide support and advice to the Social Economy Sector.