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Week 4: Case studies and interviewing social enterprises

Pic: Chris Cain. Oxford Street

Pic: Chris Cain. Oxford Street

By Chris Cain

Thursday

Today we started by looking at ‘case studies’, which is a more relaxed way of telling a story. They prove very useful to charities and social enterprises because they focus on either one person, or a project, within a wider story. They inform and educate the audience simply and accurately.

Our journalism tutor Glenn took us through interviewing techniques, which was extremely worthwhile as there is a lot to consider before, during and after an interview. i.e. preparation; such as your questions, journey planning, timings and the approach you take during the interview.

Our photography tutor Zoe also did something similar with regard to photography, again emphasising the importance of doing your research first, along with your writing partner, so that the images taken at the interview are appropriate and that they are in context to the wider story. Continue reading

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Year Here, developing the social stars of the future

Year Here's Michael Simpson

Pic: Ve. Michael Simpson, Year Here, Partnership Manager

By Patrick Chike

Year Here is about bringing brilliant graduates into the social sector to help tackle social problems.

The social enterprise was founded by Jack Graham in 2012, but was officially launched at 10 Downing Street a year later. His vision for this organisation is to get young men and women to address their mind to the most pressing social issues of our day with a view to finding alternative solutions. 

We had an interview with Michael Simpson, the Partnership Manager, who was very glad to tell us everything about the organisation; from its origins, purposes, how it operates and there future plans. Continue reading

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New grants for social entrepreneurs

School of Social Entrepreneurs Lloyds Bank

Thousands of pounds are up for grabs to help Social Entrepreneurs with new ideas, thanks to Lloyds bank and The School of Social Entrepreneurs.

The organisations have joined together to offer grants and necessary training to new and existing social enterprises, through  two separate programmes. The Start Up program provides support on how to set up a social enterprise and offers grants up to £4,000 and the Scale Up programme is offering ongoing support to expand and grow existing businesses with grants of up to £15,000.

The scheme will be delivered nationwide from October 2014 and for further information visit The School of Social Entrepreneurs website

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Mazi Mas, creating delicious food and employment opportunities

Mazi Mas’s Aissatau Diagne and Carolin Goethel.

Beautiful exceptional cooks make up Mazi Mas,  a unique multi cultural pop-up restaurant and social enterprise that helps create employment opportunities for migrant refugee women in London.

It was created by Niki Kopcke, a half Greek half German gender specialist, who was inspired by Maria Mazoulis, a Greek woman who lived in the USA for 20 years and was an  extraordinary cook. Her  dream was to open her own bakery but was prevented  by her husband, who had old fashioned views regarding women.

The aim of Mazi Mas is to create employment opportunities for migrant and refugee women and bring their exciting food and cultural heritages to the local community. Carolin Goethel, Mazi Mas’s outreach and recruitment coordinator, said:  “We want to protect the cultural heritage that the women come with so they make their own food from their own countries.” She adds: “Usually the women we work with find it hard to get work in the UK, either because they can’t speak English very well or they have children and are not so flexible with the working hours. So we create a platform for them to work from and gain work experience from where they can move on and find a job or start their own business.” Continue reading

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Week 4: Red Route Cafe photo essay

Pic: Seb Taylor: View outside the cafe in Hackney, East London.

Pic: Seb Taylor: View outside the cafe in Hackney, East London.

Pic: Seb Taylor: Former volunteer, now cafe apprentice Patryk Stefanowicz.

Pic: Seb Taylor: Former volunteer, now cafe apprentice Patryk Stefanowicz.

Pic: Seb Taylor: Patryk at work in the cafe.

Pic: Seb Taylor: Patryk at work in the cafe.

Pic: Seb Taylor: Main counter in the cafe.

Pic: Seb Taylor: Main counter in the cafe.

Patryk preparing coffee in cafe

Patryk preparing coffee in cafe

Pic: Seb Taylor: Pic: Cafe counter and door to CVS  volunteering and learning charity next door, who provide volunteers for the cafe.

Pic: Seb Taylor: Pic: Cafe counter and door to CVS volunteering and learning charity next door, who provide volunteers for the cafe.

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Generation Hackney, opening up the world of work to young people

Picture: Ian Aitken - The studio where Generation Hackney is based

Picture: Ian Aitken – The studio where Generation Hackney is based

By Samuel Hooper

The thirty-year-old founder of Generation Hackney rises eagerly to greet us as we arrive, picking his way forward through the studio he shares with an eclectic mix of social entrepreneurs earnestly tapping away on laptops, sipping coffee or mending bicycles in the corner.

From his hotdesk in Hackney, armed only with a MacBook, a mobile phone and his unshakeable optimism, Richard Hearn is trying to improve the lives of disaffected school-leavers struggling with the transition from education into work. “I left my job [working as a volunteer mentor coordinator for a large charity] in November and just went for it. And this is where I am now,” he explains. Continue reading

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Week 5: Ian’s Generation Hackney photo feature

Picture: Ian Aitken - Richard Hearn, Founder of Generation Hackney

Picture: Ian Aitken – Richard Hearn, Founder of Generation Hackney

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Meanwhile Space, making retail space affordable to start-ups

Pic: Sam Hooper: Meantime brings dying an ddead retail spaces back to life.

Pic: Sam Hooper: Meantime brings dead and dying retail spaces back to life.

By Yousif Farah

Meanwhile Space is an award winning social enterprise which is concerned with tackling the empty commercial spaces problem across the capital.

Meanwhile aims to help create and improve the business opportunities of aspiring entrepreneurs by using empty commercial property. The Social Enterprise, which came second in the RBS top 100 social enterprises in London list, provides entrepreneurs with business ideas the space they need at a low cost. Continue reading

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Week 4 – Practicing Interview Skills and Writing Case Studies

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By Samuel Hooper

Week four of the Big Issue Online Journalism training saw the trainees learn interview techniques and recap key photography skills before going on location to interview three social enterprise directors about their work. Our efforts led to a series of case study articles profiling the work of these organizations.

We were first split into pairs and assigned a role either as interviewer or photographer. Your blogger today was selected to serve as photographer as we interviewed Eddie Bridgeman, the director of a community interest company (CIC) called Meanwhile Spaces.

The Big Issue Online Journalists also interviewed leaders from Hackney Pirates, an unconventional learning centre helping young people with literacy and academic support, and Chats Palace, a thriving community arts centre in Homerton.

The main objective of the exercise was to produce work that would meet the expectations of our audience – in this case, readers of the Answers From Big Issue publication. It was important to maintain focus and use our limited time to gather information, quotes and images that would work together to tell a positive story about social enterprises benefiting the community.

Preparation was key, and we spent Thursday morning researching the organizations, working out the right questions to ask and thinking of the best photo opportunities to look for once we were on location. The afternoon was then spent conducting the interviews and photographing the interviewees and the surroundings.

The interviewers had to contend with various challenges, including late-running subjects, temperamental voice recorders (the bane of every journalist) and distracting background noise. However, the application of our newfound interview skills yielded good results, with all of the interviewees displaying palpable enthusiasm for their projects and eagerness to increase public awareness of them.

Jan, one of the trainees on photographic duty, also had to be creative and rely on his training in order to overcome challenges while on location at Hackney Pirates. He said: “The lighting was very warm, and was not continuous throughout the room which presented a real challenge.”

Friday was devoted to transcribing the interviews, downloading the images and writing the articles for publication on this blog and consideration for Answers From Big Issue. The assignment was challenging but rewarding, and showed a big increase in our collective knowledge and skill compared to our humble beginnings in February.

Next week, the Big Issue Online Journalists will take on full length feature articles – stay tuned for the results of our work.

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Building Lives Celebration

Building Lives, The social enterprise which provides construction apprenticeships for local communities, were awarded the most-innovative-training award In the Annual Housing Innovation Awards. The Awards celebrate unique and creative schemes and services within the UK housing sector.

The Enterprise’s CEO Steve Rowling accepted the award on behalf of the group. He expressed his delight and his gratitude to everyone involved with the enterprise. The awards were held in The Grand Connaught Rooms in London on 06 February 2014, at the annual gala dinner.

 

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