The project partner’s home countries included
United Kingdom, Poland, Romania, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, and Spain.
Each partner country is now taken in turn to set out the nature of the case study organisations used to develop the intellectual outputs (IO1, IO2 and IO3) – see above, for the project.
1. Caia Park Partnership
Caia Park Partnership Ltd (CPP) is a community led organization based on a large housing estate,Caia Park, in Wrexham, North Wales. CPP is a social enterprise, a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.
CPP is a democratic membership organization and is managed by a board of trustees who are elected by the members.
CPP works with individuals, communities and partner organizations in Caia Park and Wrexham County Borough Council area to provide activities, services and facilities that meet identified community needs. The Partnership is deeply embedded in the community, underpinned by an ambition to enable people and communities to achieve their potential.
The Partnership is here to serve Caia Park and Wrexham as a whole, but they prioritize their resources on those members of their community that face the greatest barriers to achieving their potential.
In recent years CPP has undertaken the development of a number of social enterprises providing services, training, volunteering and employment opportunities. These enterprises form Wrexham Community Enterprises, CPP’s trading arm. These micro businesses tackle social needs within the local community are financially self-sustaining and also generate income for Caia Park Partnership.
For more information see httpss://caiapark.org.uk/
2. Glyn Wylfa
Glyn Wylfa has been established as a social enterprise and Development Trust by a committed team of Chirk residents who have complementary business and social community skills, to develop and refurbish the old Wrexham County Borough Council Offices and surrounding site, known as Glyn Wylfa. The facility comprises of a café, office space, meeting rooms and a visitor information centre. Glyn Wylfa makes a real effort to support and use local suppliers. The site is in close proximity to the World Heritage site of Chirk Aqueduct.
For more information see https://www.glynwylfa.co.uk/caffi-wylfa/
3. Tyn Y Capel Inn
The Tyn-y-Capel is an award-winning pub and restaurant located in the Conservation Area of Minera Village, with ever-changing views over the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Today the Tyn-y-Capel is leased and operated by a social enterprise with over 100 shareholders from Minera, the surrounding villages and further afield. It has earned an enviable reputation for its warm welcome, fine ales, food and outstanding views. The ever-changing range of craft beer (much of it sourced locally) has
earned it a place in the CAMRA Guide and the business has brought employment opportunities to the local community.
For more information see httpss://www.tyn-y-capel.com/
Manufakturia is a cooperative set up to create real jobs for people with ASD, based in Poznan, Poland. The project has been operating for two years. One of the main aims of the organisation is to change the views of the public about people with ASD in the workplace. The enterprise operates a workshop which makes a variety of craft products, such as stuffed toys and smart phone cases. Manufakturia sell directly via their website and craft fairs, they also bid for small manufacturing contracts.
5. Spółdzielnia Nowa
Spółdzielnia Nowa is involved in a variety of activities. One activity is the centre of social integration,in Poznań. Its goal is to socially and professionally activate the unemployed living in Poznan) as the ETAP association, Spółdzielnia Nowa runs OWES (the Polish abbreviation for the social economic support centre). They deal specifically with the Piła sub-region, which includes, of course, the city of Piła and its surrounding areas. The enterprise helps unemployed people, who have been referred from a social welfare centre and provides 12 months of training, in the form of vocational workshops. They offer several vocational workshops, for example a horticulture workshop, which teaches operating horticulture equipment, planting trees, lawns making, mowing and keeping, etc. There is also a workshop teaching elderly care which has a more theoretical basis.
Additionally Spółdzielnia Nowa offer vocational internships, too, at the end of which the person usually gets employed.
6. Zielony ogród
Zielony ogród was founded in 2007 and it is asocial cooperative which was founded as a result of a work placement organised by Spółdzielnia. The organisation maintains the public open space around the Bolesław Śmiały, housing estate in Poznań, this includes gardening, hedge cutting and maintain the skate park. Zielony ogród also cleans and maintains four blocks of flats on the estate and the local Bank.
7. Café Dobra
Is a café which employs people with intellectual disabilities. The operation began in 2014 and now employs 2 managers, 11 staff with disabilities and 2 assistants to support the employees. The founders of the enterprise considered that there was a visible increase in the interest of people with disabilities in the job market. The organisation is at the forefront of challenging the public perceptions of disability in the workplace.
CUIB and REDU are Social Enterprises which are part of the Asociatia Mai bine (For the Better).
8. CUIB – is the first space in Romania that brings together hundreds of products from social enterprises in Romania, businesses for which profit is a means to achieve social goals, not a goal in itself. CUIB is the most
sustainable bistro in Iasi (and probably in Romania). With a holistic approach, their products meet ethical, equity, ecological, utility and solidarity criteria. By offering these sustainable consumption alternatives, we make it less difficult to address the role of the responsible consumer individually, with a positive impact both on nature and on the community.
CUIB’s food comes from local and seasonal ingredients. They significantly REDUce our environmental footprint and increase the positive impact on the community by supporting the local economy.
All products served in the CUIB that cannot be locally produced, such as coffee and tea come from fair trade and are Fair Trade certified. CUIB guarantees respect and decent income for producers and sustainable investments in third world communities. CUIB began trading in 2009.
More on Cuib: https://www.incuib.ro/ ; https://www.maibine.eu/
At REDU the project is about rethinking and reorganizing, however, the main idea is the REDUction and recycling of clothes and accessories. REDU started collecting reusable textiles in April 2015. They redesign the original products to create new products, such as reusable bags.
REDU is viewed as a pioneering project at a national level in the field of slow fashion, social economy and green entrepreneurship. It opened a collection centre for pre-consumer and post-consumer textile waste and installed several other collection boxes. It developed and equipped a workshop for creating new products out of the textile waste and created the equivalent of four new full time green jobs.
More on REDU: https://www.maibine.eu/
UtilDeco is part of the Alături de Voi” Foundation, Romania (ADV). ADV Romania is the first organization in the country, founded in 2008, as Social Entreprise for internships/work placement opportunities for socially disadvantaged groups. UtilDeco has created more than more than 100 jobs, including 36 for disabled people. UtilDeco provides placement opportunities in a variety of sectors, including archiving and storage of documents; printing and personalization services; Tailoring services (specializing in the production of protective equipment); corporate tourism – UtilDecoTravel and UtilDeco Charity shop online Cash&Carry. UtilDeco has a portfolio of more than 1,600 companies.
More on UtilDeco: httpss://www.utildeco.ro/ ; https://alaturidevoi.ro/
11. The Cottage, Loughmore
The Cottage Loughmore is a community shop and tearooms that are situated in rural Co. Tipperary and it was established in 2012. It is a social enterprise cooperative which provides a community shop selling staple household items, local products and crafts; tea-rooms and a recreational space for different marginal groups
within the locality. The social enterprise is based in a village where many of the services/businesses have closed.
The tearooms acts as a meeting place for the community and hosts a number a community groups, such as a local knitting group. The social mission of the organisation is to combat rural isolation and loneliness. The business model for Loughmore Community Shop and Tearooms is seen as one that can work in many rural communities across Ireland and the enterprise has attracted a significant amount of media interest and has won a number of awards.
For more information please see
12. Care Bright
CareBright is a social economy business which was established in 1998. It is a homecare provider situated in Counties Limerick, Tipperary and Cork. The primary focus of this social enterprise is to provide care and support to elderly / disabled clients so that they can live independently in their own homes. CareBright has been providing services for older people in the form of Home Care Grants, Home Help Services, Chiropody, and Subsidised Hours in the home. Care services are provided: for the elderly, people with disabilities, post-surgery, people who require specialised services, companionship or general support in the home. In autumn 2017, CareBright expanded its services through the opening of Ireland’s first dementia care community in the village of Bruff in Co. Limerick.
For more information please see
13. St. Munchins
St. Munchin’s Community Centre was established in 2005. It is located in a disadvantaged community within Limerick City (adjacent to Thomond Park rugby stadium). The following is the mission statement for the organisation:
“We aim to be an approachable, energetic, motivating and developing group who will assist our community to develop a sense of pride and reach its full potential. Our aim is to achieve this through supporting development within our community, networking, identifying and responding to needs and issues. We aim to enjoy what we do.”
The principle aim of the community enterprise is to combat isolation and social exclusion within the area. This is achieved through the provision of affordable services. Prominent examples include: community café; meals on wheels; beauticians / hair salon; allotments; and recreational activities.
For more information please see
14. Agricoltura Nuova
The Cooperative Agricoltura Nuova was founded in 1977 through the initiative of a group of young unemployed, labourers and farmers with two main objectives: 1. Creating jobs in agriculture; 2. Preventing construction in an area of high environmental valueSoon after opening Agricoltura Nuova began to offer work placements to people with people with disabilities, which made it one of the first social cooperatives, even before the passing of the 381 / ’91 law. Their cooperative is involved in multifunctional farming; including horticulture, livestock rearing, a cheese factory, bakery, egg collection etc. For more information please see https://www.agricolturanuova.it/
15. La Nuova Arca
La Nuova Arca is a social cooperative composed of 12 members, including volunteers and workers. It is based on the principles of shared responsibility, participation and internal democracy. It is a social cooperative, type “A” and “B” type, registered in the boards of the Lazio Region. This means that cover social assistance services and the employment of persons in situations of social disadvantage. In March 2012, to give appropriate prominence and focus to Social Agriculture, as a corporate strategic choice, was born La Nuova Arca Agricultural Social Enterprise, owned for 98% by the Cooperative itself and the remaining 2% by a shareholder to the board administration.
La Nuova Arca provides assistance to refugees, mothers in need and asylum seekers, providing employment and training.
For more information please see https://www.lanuovaarca.org/ 16. Centro Astalli
‘To attend, serve and defend the rights of refugees’ has always been the care of the Jesuit Refugee Service. This commitment is renewed every day as it faces a new challenge beside those who turn to Astalli Center seeking to rebuild their lives in a foreign country. Since 1981, when Astalli Center was created, much has been achieved and activities include; a canteen that distributes 400 meals a day, a clinic, four reception centres, a school of Italian and many other first and second reception services.
Astalli Centre is the Italian headquarters of the Jesuit Service for Refugees in Italy, it is divided into Astalli Association Center in Rome and other Astalli Center in other cities in Italy (Palermo, Catania, Trento, Vicenza). There is also the Astalli Center Foundation: it was founded in 2000 with the tasks of coordinating the programs of cultural activities in schools, awareness-raising activities, and to help the association with the legal and logistical aspects.
They mainly work with a people who have been resident in Italy, usually for 2 years, rather than refugees which have just. Their usual target group have learnt some Italian and already have some work experience or training.
For more information please see https://www.centroastalli.it/
17. Order of Malta
Order of Malta is a relief organisation in Lithuania. It’s a large international organisation which started 900 years ago in holy land with monks. Order of Malta has operated in Lithuania for 25 years.
They started the Social Enterprise few years ago, in 2014. Order of Malta Works with vulnerable adults and children and their services include organising training event and facilitating transportation for people with disabilities. The quality of the services provided is also very important to the organisation. The Social Enterprise relies heavily on volunteers and it is estimated that there are approximately 1,000 volunteers in Lithuania.
18. Relative Art
The mission of Relative Art is to help those children at risk of poverty. Their enterprise principally sells paintings, pictures and handicrafts. It organises art exhibitions and art workshops for children. Relative art was founded in 2015.
19. Social Promoter
“Social Prompter” “Socialinis sufleris’’ is a social enterprise which began in 2015 and helps communities to develop social resilience get closer to each other by promoting active participation, on a local level and volunteering.
One of their revenue streams focuses on providing team building activities businesses.
20. El Roble
The Cooperative Group “El Roble” was founded as a result of the union of eight companies of the Social Economy (El Roble, Natures, Isoluciona, Kronia, AquaSport, Jovial, Fourth Sector and Oak Solidary). The goal of joining together to form a larger group was to undertake larger projects, by offering comprehensive services.
The Cooperative Group El Roble seeks the intermediate point between social and economic value and is strongly committed to the Quality of Life of people, Society and Continuous Improvement. Their mission is that we focus on the development of local communities to strengthen their economies and provide important positive externalities for the rest of society.
El Roble now has two distinct areas of activity:
1. Work to improve the quality of life of people, mainly within the dependency sector (elderly people of residences and day centres). They have also undertaken some consultancy, work in this area.
2. Promotion of the Social Economy, through the group Cooperative el Roble, and the Chair of Social Economy and Ethics.
Doukonía is a national non-profit organisation, born in 2002 to care for the needs of elderly people who require primary health care, psychological assistance, social assistance and spiritual support.
Our activities are carried out by both team workers and volunteers who are all legally insured and have the right technical training.
1. Health and Welfare
Improve health and quality of life for the elderly and their supporting family/carers.
2. Elderly Persons Day
On October 1 Elders Day is celebrated internationally. Doukonía organizes a special day with them where we highlight the importance of our Elders and at the same time deliver a gift to each one. It is wonderful to see how happy and pleased everyone feels and how dressed up they become for the occasion.
3. Summer Camp
In the third week of August we hold a camp in the Sierra de Priego, Córdoba, specially designed for the elderly. The food and the entire program to be developed during those days, is prepared by a dedicated team.
This camp is designed especially for those elderly persons with limited economic means to afford a summer vacation, since the prices are very reasonable for them.
4. Coral Dorada
From October to December a group of more than 25 Elderly persons practice Christmas Carols to share on Christmas day with other residents Seniors in Old Peoples Homes. In addition to the songs and love they get during the visit, they are given a special present, sometimes the only one they receive at Christmas.
22. Cámara Cívica
Cámara Cívica is a social economy entity that specializes in bringing politics closer to citizens through education and political communication.
We help institutions, political, social and other organizations to adapt their message to the general public. Talking is of no use if your audience does not understand you. That is why we first have to understand our audience and adapt to it. We offer political communication services, oratory, leadership, coaching and much more. If you are interested, you can contact us without obligation.
We have no more editorial line than democracy and human rights: we do not work with people or publish content that promotes or justifies authoritarian, xenophobic, sexist, homophobic or discriminatory discourses or attitudes of any kind.
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