Archive for September, 2013

Dress For Success

Posted by editor 26/09/2013 0 Comment 1677 views

By Jenny McBain // The clothes we wear affect the way we feel.  Beyond that, a good outfit actually holds the power to greatly enhance our chances of getting a job, says Dress For Success When politicians deliberate about so called ‘barriers to work’, the need for those seeking employment to have access to suitable […]

Hebridean Chocolates

Posted by editor 26/09/2013 0 Comment 1668 views

By Jenny McBain // The sweet taste of social enterprise success Most people associate big cities with opportunities.  But Oliver*, who is in his early twenties, actually moved from a major city in the south to the Outer Hebrides off the northwest coast of Scotland in order to make progress in his life.  Happily, that […]

Community Self-build Agency

Posted by editor 26/09/2013 1 Comment 2000 views

By Jenny McBain // How the Community Self-build Agency is helping the homeless to create their own homes John Gillespie has the same mantra as Big Issue editor-in-chief John Bird.  He too believes that people need ‘a hand up not a hand out’.  The former social worker has worked for the Community Self Build Agency […]

Working Rite

Posted by editor 26/09/2013 0 Comment 1080 views

By Jenny McBain // Working Rite is an answer for NEETS and governments alike Disenchantment with school and a reluctance to get out of bed in the morning can constitute the first steps on a bleak road to long-term unemployment for young people.  The problem of how to help so called NEETS – that is […]

The Scottish Social Enterprise Academy

Posted by editor 26/09/2013 0 Comment 1020 views

                      The Scottish Social Enterprise Academy’s David Bryan talks to Jenny McBain about the making of social entrepreneurs.  Please describe the career path which has led to your current position I’ve always worked in rural development. I’ve been with the Academy for four years. My […]

abandofbrothers

Posted by editor 26/09/2013 0 Comment 1840 views

By Jenny McBain // Not many approaches can claim success when it comes to rehabilitating young men who have been in serious trouble with the law.  A social enterprise based in Brighton is leading the way. Lucas Pyke is a smiling, self-assured young man who has recently enjoyed some time in Ghana volunteering on a […]

Get To Know Your Techno

Posted by editor 26/09/2013 0 Comment 1132 views

By Jenny McBain // Forget talk of uncommunicative youngsters- a group of Highland teenagers shows that they are in possession of true community spirit. The famous political exhortation that we should ‘hug a hoodie’ was a glib summary about one set of ideas about how to bridge the gap between generations. A group of Highland […]

Shot In The Dark

Posted by editor 26/09/2013 0 Comment 1052 views

By Jenny McBain The Northwest Highlands has mile after mile of mountainous seascape into which to invest the imagination.  But that in itself, is no guarantee of a happy life.  In fact, when visitors tell locals how lucky they are to live in the midst of such beauty, they often reply, “you cannot eat scenery” […]

Snow-Camp

Posted by editor 26/09/2013 0 Comment 1254 views

Jenny McBain speaks to the founder of Snow-Camp – a charity which offers young people from the inner-cities a chance to progress through participation in snow sports. Some sports have an association with money and privilege but a thriving London based charity has proven that social barriers can be surmounted for the good of all.  […]

Centre For Confidence And Wellbeing

Posted by editor 05/09/2013 0 Comment 2084 views

Questions by Jenny McBain // Answers by Carol Craig You are founder of the ‘Centre for Confidence and Well-being. What are the issues you are inspired to tackle? Obviously I have an interest in personal confidence and well-being but increasingly as a Centre we are interested in social and cultural change including social justice and […]

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