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1 Social enterprises as builders of socially cohesive and sustainable societies John Kearns - CEO Partas Mission Statement: Our aim is to build an inclusive and thriving community by being a leading source of excellence in development of local enterprise and of social economy. To foster and support entrepreneurship within the community through appropriate business training, mentoring and ongoing support. To support the innovative development of the social economy through new approaches to analysing, understanding and developing all aspects of the sector at local, national and European levels. To encourage cohesion through continual analysis of and proactive responses to the needs of marginalized groups within the community. Slovenia April 2011

2 Partas overview 1984 – ‘Get Tallaght Working’ lobby group Community based response to large-scale unemployment as a social ill One-stop-shop - A to Z in business set-up Pre-enterprise; Business plan preparation; training; micro-credit; incubation; growth Current staff of 62 operating in 4 Enterprise Centres Turnover €2.5m – funding: 18% trading 82% Social Inclusion Measures Self-employment; integration; community development; training; capacity building John Kearns - CEO Social enterprises as builders of socially cohesive and sustainable societies Slovenia April 2011

3 Social enterprises as builders of socially cohesive and sustainable societies John Kearns - CEO Partas overview cont… Specially tailored programmes for all target groups Females; Travellers; Immigrants; Long-term unemployed; Disability Social Economy Specialists Pioneering programmes in Social Entrepreneurship; Social Auditing; Social Finance EU-funded projects and research ESF / EQUAL; Leonardo da Vinci; Interreg; Article IV; Grundtvig Entrepreneurial Perspectives Ltd. Offering advice & implementation on: Technology transfer / Incubation policy & management / developing entrepreneurial attitudes & culture for all types and levels Slovenia April 2011

4 The WINSENT project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Ireland Wales Programme (INTERREG 4A) Do you have a business idea with a social ethos? Have you identified a social problem and want to fix it? Are you possessed by your ideas, committing your life to changing direction in your field? Are you a person with a vision and determination to persist in the face of daunting odds? Do you seek to generate “social value” rather than profits? Are you driven to produce measurable impact by opening up new pathways for the marginalised and disadvantaged and unlocking society’s full potential to effect social change?

5 Sensational Kids, Kildare Town, Kildare. Established in 2008 Provides family centred therapy & educational services for children of all abilities including: Occupational Therapy Speech & Language Therapy Educational Psychology Assessments Literacy Teacher Shop selling education toys for children of all abilities Financed through – HSE (Health Service Executive), fundraising, donations, income generated through shop sales and fees for services. John Kearns - CEO Social enterprises as builders of socially cohesive and sustainable societies Slovenia April 2011

6 Third Age Foundation, Summerhill, Co. Meath. Established in 1988 by Mary Nally. An older people’s organisation, run by older people for older people, which empowers and enables its members. Services include: Drop-in Centre, Internet Cafe, Senior Helpline, Laundry service, Failte Isteach, Financed through: funding from Government, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, HSE & FAS, membership fees, income generated through laundry service and fundraising. John Kearns - CEO Social enterprises as builders of socially cohesive and sustainable societies Slovenia April 2011

7 Bella Rose Foundation Dermot McGuckin, Dublin. Bella Rose Foundation est. Nov 2009 Dermot and his wife established ‘Maud’s Merry Maids’ in 2008, a private enterprise offering cleaning services to domestic and commercial customers. In Nov ’09 Dermot developed the ‘Bella Rose Foundation’, a social enterprise which offers a free cleaning service to women who are returning home after receiving treatment in hospital for Cancer. Financed through: Fundraising, donations, intends to apply to Clann Credo (Social Finance) for loan. John Kearns - CEO Social enterprises as builders of socially cohesive and sustainable societies Slovenia April 2011

8 Other ideas currently being developed.. Tallaght Repairs Co-operative: co-operative of unemployed trades people. 222 Ireland.com: a 24/7 non emergency helpline. Space 54: Workshop Arts Centre offering a wide range of activities which promote and support the Arts. Project offering music programmes to disadvantaged youth in Dublin City Centre. Project which will develop a new system for social change through the medium of art, film or music. Bringing together artists from Ireland and Iceland. John Kearns - CEO Slovenia April 2011

9 Contact John Kearns Chief Executive Officer Partas Bolbrook Enterprise Centre Avonmore Road Tallaght Dublin 24 Phone: Web: John Kearns - CEO Slovenia April 2011


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