Plymouth offers a variety of events for Social Saturday

Plymouth will host a number of events this Saturday, 15th October, to celebrate Social Saturday 2016 – a nationwide day of events and activities which celebrate the country’s growing social enterprise sector.

Social enterprises of the Plymouth Social Enterprise Network (PSEN) will be hosting various events across the city.

In 2015, Social Saturday saw more than 80 events across the UK and this year will see another UK-wide day of activity to celebrate and raise awareness of British social enterprises – businesses trade for a social or environmental purpose, reinvesting their profits for good.
Social Saturday is led by Social Enterprise UK and the Cabinet Office.

PSEN is are proud of the diverse events which will be hosted by its members.

To celebrate its second birthday and to showcase the vibrancy of the partnership network which it supports, Food Plymouth CIC is staging an event at the Holiday Inn, Plymouth Hoe, 11am – 3pm.

Join Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) at Plymouth’s biggest solar array on Ernesettle Lane, on Social Saturday from 11am-1pm for a guided tour to see how a solar array works.

And three social enterprises: Bread and Roses, Autism Assemble and Working Well With Autism will come together.  Find out more about ‘Who’s Working Well With Autism – The Plymouth Audit’.  Also hear from Autism Assemble, run by Jack Whitfield, a university graduate with autism who is passionate about making mental health issues stay on the agenda.  The event is from 2pm – 5pm at the Bread and Roses pub.
Other events taking place include an Open Day at Deco Hair training salon, a subsidiary of On Course South West, a Community Interest Company supporting a wide range of learning opportunities in Plymouth.Deco hair is on Mutley Plain and there will be discounts available.

Further details of all events can be found on www.socialsaturday.org.uk
Plymouth Social Enterprise Network Chair Gareth Hart, said:

We are delighted that our members will be hosting a number of events for Social Saturday this year following a run of successful events over the past few years.  We hope that the diversity of events will continue to encourage the people of our city to see how they can buy social on Saturday and throughout the year!
Peter Holbrook CBE, CEO of Social Enterprise UK, said:

Social enterprises across Britain are giving local communities a real boost, using the power of business as a force for good. They’re changing people’s lives for the better, helping with regeneration, and protecting the environment from harm.

Social Saturday is all about shining a spotlight on social enterprises. Just like ordinary businesses they sell products and services, but they’re different because reinvest their profits to make a difference. So when you buy from a social enterprise your money goes much further. Please get involved and unleash your purchasing power this Social Saturday!

Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson said: 

Social Saturday is a great opportunity for people across the country to buy social and celebrate the fantastic role played by social enterprises. Social enterprises are leading the way in creating a vibrant and growing social economy, which is why Government is a Social Saturday partner for the third year running

Make sure to tweet about your attendance at an event using #SocialSaturday2016

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