Social Enterprise Spotlight - Scotlearn

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Our newest Social Enterprise Spotlight is Michael Cullen and Scotlearn - a social enterprise working to improve literacy, financial competence, digital skills, confidence, aspiration and employability by providing tailored training and education. Get in touch with Sally at michael@scotlearn.scot and check out scotlearn.scot. Connect with them on Twitter and Facebook too.

 

Every few weeks we focus on a randomly selected social enterprise member for intense marketing support and promotion. Scotlearn will feature in all e-bulletins, on our website homepage and on all our social media, alongside other support, reaching thousands of people across Scotland and beyond. Want to star in the Spotlight? Email chris.mack@socialenterprisescotland.org.uk.

 

What’s your social and/or environmental mission? Our primary goal is to improve people’s skills, such as improving literacy, financial competence, digital skills, confidence, aspiration and employability, by providing tailored training and education.

 

How do you do it? We achieve this is in a variety of ways. We have a learning HUB located on Dumbarton Road in Yoker. Our office also has a small learning and development room and plenty of space to deliver both group and individual learning. We link in with other groups and provide group learning and if clients wish to expand on their learning, our custom online platform enables them to develop in their own time and at their own pace.

 

What’s your personal motivation for being a social entrepreneur? My personal motivation is to help people. In my past experience, I found one of the core barriers for people was education and skills development. People have tremendous ability but just need the help, support and understanding to enable them to flourish.

 

What are your current projects? We are a new social enterprise and are currently developing partnerships to help us establish our core projects within the community.

 

What exciting things do you have coming up? We have been operating since June 2015 but we are having our official launch on Saturday the 21st of January, to showcase what we have done and what we are aiming to do.

 

Who do you want to work with more? People who are social isolated. These are the people on the fringes of society and are often not receiving the services or support they need.

 

What's your biggest challenge? The biggest challenge for any new enterprise is funding and the generation of revenues to help cover core costs. We have been lucky to have the support of Yoker Resource Centre, who have helped us to establish our learning HUB.

 

 

 

 

Our newest Social Enterprise Spotlight is Sally Shaw and Ideas for Ears - a social enterprise that helps people and organisations to overcome the impact that hearing ability can have on enjoyment, participation and opportunity. Get in touch with Sally at sally.shaw@ideasforears.org.uk and check out ideasforears.org.uk. Connect with them on and Twitter too.
Every few weeks we focus on a randomly selected social enterprise member for intense marketing support and promotion. Ideas for Ears will feature in all e-bulletins, on our website homepage and on all our social media, alongside other support, reaching thousands of people across Scotland and beyond. Want to star in the Spotlight? Email chris.mack@socialenterprisescotland.org.uk
What’s your social and/or environmental mission? For Scotland and the UK to become more hearing-friendly so that hearing ability does not limit enjoyment, participation and opportunity.
How do you do it? We run a hearing-themed rate & review site (www.ideasforears/rate-and-review) where people can share feedback about their experiences of being able to hear and communicate in cafes, restaurants, shops and other public places. We also provide practical support to businesses so they can create more hearing-friendly customer and staff environments. Finally, we help innovators to test, trial and promote new products and services for people with hearing loss.
What’s your personal motivation for being a social entrepreneur? People continue to be defined and limited by their hearing ability in a way that should not and need not occur these days. I have hearing loss myself and know the challenges and difficulties that can arise. I felt that things could be different and better and decided to help make it so.  
What are your current projects? There’s a lot going on. Our project ‘Getting It Right For Hearing’ is running in the Stirling and Clackmannanshire area to bring local people and service providers together to identify issues and how they can be fixed. We are also working with one of the UK’s top 20 digital innovators on trials of their ground-breaking new telephone technology. 
What exciting things do you have coming up? We have a second ‘Getting It Right For Hearing’ project soon to get underway in the Dunbartonshire area. We are also bringing together key players and funding to carry out demonstration projects to measure the costs and benefits involved in transforming different spaces from being hostile to friendly for hearing.
Who do you want to work with more? We’re on the look-out for volunteers to help establish a ‘Getting It Right For Hearing’ project in their local community. We also want to continue to connect with more groups and organisations who share our objectives of seeking to improve access and inclusion.
What's your biggest challenge? To get hearing-related issues onto the agenda as a mainstream matter. There is a need to think beyond ‘hearing’ being purely about disability because environments that are created with good hearing, listening and communication in mind are beneficial to everyone.  We also have an ageing population so now more than ever we need to create hearing environments that are right for all. 
What top tip would you give to other social enterprises? To read ‘The Social Entrepreneur’ by Andrew Mawson. It highlights the importance of ‘learning by doing’ and of focusing on the potential for success rather than the potential for failure. 

Our newest Social Enterprise Spotlight is Michael Cullen and Scotlearn - a social enterprise working to improve literacy, financial competence, digital skills, confidence, aspiration and employability by providing tailored training and education. Get in touch with Michael at michael@scotlearn.scot and check out scotlearn.scot. Connect with them on Twitter and Facebook too.

Every few weeks we focus on a randomly selected social enterprise member for intense marketing support and promotion. Scotlearn will feature in all e-bulletins, on our website homepage and on all our social media, alongside other support, reaching thousands of people across Scotland and beyond. Want to star in the Spotlight? Email chris.mack@socialenterprisescotland.org.uk.

What’s your social and/or environmental mission? Our primary goal is to improve people’s skills, such as improving literacy, financial competence, digital skills, confidence, aspiration and employability, by providing tailored training and education.

How do you do it? We achieve this is in a variety of ways. We have a learning HUB located on Dumbarton Road in Yoker. Our office also has a small learning and development room and plenty of space to deliver both group and individual learning. We link in with other groups and provide group learning and if clients wish to expand on their learning, our custom online platform enables them to develop in their own time and at their own pace.

What’s your personal motivation for being a social entrepreneur? My personal motivation is to help people. In my past experience, I found one of the core barriers for people was education and skills development. People have tremendous ability but just need the help, support and understanding to enable them to flourish.  

What are your current projects? We are a new social enterprise and are currently developing partnerships to help us establish our core projects within the community. 

What exciting things do you have coming up? We have been operating since June 2015 but we are having our official launch on Saturday the 21st of January, to showcase what we have done and what we are aiming to do.

Who do you want to work with more? People who are social isolated. These are the people on the fringes of society and are often not receiving the services or support they need.

What's your biggest challenge? The biggest challenge for any new enterprise is funding and the generation of revenues to help cover core costs. We have been lucky to have the support of Yoker Resource Centre, who have helped us to establish our learning HUB.

What top tip would you give to other social enterprises? My top tips would be don't be afraid, if you have an idea, go and speak to someone who has some experience in the sector. For me, Firstport provided the help and support that I needed. Trust in yourself, everyone has amazing potential.

What top tip would you give to other social enterprises? To read ‘The Social Entrepreneur’ by Andrew Mawson. It highlights the importance of ‘learning by doing’ and of focusing on the potential for success rather than the potential for failure. What top tip would you give to other social enterprises? My top tips would be don't be afraid, if you have any idea go and speak to someone who has some experience in the sector. For me, Firstport provided the help and support that I needed. Trust in yourself, everyone has amazing potential.Our newest Social Enterprise Spotlight is Michael Cullen and Scotlearn - a social enterprise working to improve literacy, financial competence, digital skills, confidence, aspiration and employability by providing tailored training and education. Get in touch with Sally at michael@scotlearn.scot and check out scotlearn.scot. Connect with them on Twitter and Facebook too.

Every few weeks we focus on a randomly selected social enterprise member for intense marketing support and promotion. Scotlearn will feature in all e-bulletins, on our website homepage and on all our social media, alongside other support, reaching thousands of people across Scotland and beyond. Want to star in the Spotlight? Email chris.mack@socialenterprisescotland.org.uk.
What’s your social and/or environmental mission? Our primary goal is to improve people’s skills, such as improving literacy, financial competence, digital skills, confidence, aspiration and employability, by providing tailored training and education.
How do you do it? We achieve this is in a variety of ways. We have a learning HUB located on Dumbarton Road in Yoker. Our office also has a small learning and development room and plenty of space to deliver both group and individual learning. We link in with other groups and provide group learning and if clients wish to expand on their learning, our custom online platform enables them to develop in their own time and at their own pace.
What’s your personal motivation for being a social entrepreneur? My personal motivation is to help people. In my past experience, I found one of the core barriers for people was education and skills development. People have tremendous ability but just need the help, support and understanding to enable them to flourish.
What are your current projects? We are a new social enterprise and are currently developing partnerships to help us establish our core projects within the community.
What exciting things do you have coming up? We have been operating since June 2015 but we are having our official launch on Saturday the 21st of January, to showcase what we have done and what we are aiming to do.
Who do you want to work with more? People who are social isolated. These are the people on the fringes of society and are often not receiving the services or support they need.
What's your biggest challenge? The biggest challenge for any new enterprise is funding and the generation of revenues to help cover core costs. We have been lucky to have the support of Yoker Resource Centre, who have helped us to establish our learning HUB.
What top tip would you give to other social enterprises? My top tips would be don't be afraid, if you have any idea go and speak to someone who has some experience in the sector. For me, Firstport provided the help and support that I needed. Trust in yourself, everyone has amazing poten

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