Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

    UK expert helps develop WA social enterprises

    14/06/2012 12:00 AM
    • International expert shares lessons with WA’s budding social enterprise sector
    • $10million Social Enterprise Fund to help WA’s not-for-profits
    The State Government is advancing the development of social enterprises in Western Australia, by supporting the visit of an international expert, speaking in Perth today. 

    Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney welcomed Mark Brown, co-director of Social Spider - a social enterprise in the United Kingdom - who addressed a seminar for established and aspiring social entrepreneurs held at The University of Western Australia.

    Mrs McSweeney said Mr Brown had a wealth of knowledge about running a business for the good of the community and she was excited that his experience would be shared with the local community services sector.

    “The UK has a long history of social entrepreneurship and Mr Brown’s perspective is invaluable to those wanting to know how to run a sustainable social enterprise,” she said.

    “The Government is supporting the development of social enterprises in WA through the $10million Social Enterprise Fund, which I launched earlier this year.

    “This is another example of how the Government is working in partnership with the community sector to improve outcomes for all Western Australians, particularly the vulnerable and disadvantaged.”

    Social enterprises are organisations that work for a public or community benefit and can have a trading arm which reinvests profits back into the organisation to complete its social objective.

    WA based not-for-profit Brightwater Care Group makes a great success of running its own social enterprises, through Brightwater Linen and Brightwater Catering, where profits are re-invested into their community services.

    The Big Issue magazine is another good example of an organisation creating social value through trading.

    The Minister said the Social Enterprise grants program would help establish and strengthen social enterprises in WA.
    Mr Brown spoke at the ‘Social Spider: Untangling the Web’ seminar held at The University of Western Australia and discussed the challenges and opportunities social enterprises faced in achieving sustainable social goals.
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