International Women’s Day 2018

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Our event is on Thursday 8th March at 12pm in the Careers and Employability Centre and is called ’Women Leading Social Change’.

Women Leading Social Change is part of SheFest and is hosted by Sheffield Hallam University and the Sheffield Social Enterprise Network www.ssen.org.uk

On International Women’s Day we will be hearing from successful social entrepreneurs. They will talk about why social enterprise is changing the face of the business sector, as well as the challenges and successes they have faced along the way.

There will be time for networking after the panel discussion. 

The speakers are:

Sangita Basudev is a founder member of Sheffield Live! the local community media organisation. She has spent a majority of her working life in social enterprises, co-ops and the community voluntary sector.

Jo Hercberg is the founder and co Director of The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield, a social enterprise saving food from being wasted and doing amazing things with it. The project began in 2015 and now runs 2 cafés, the Sharehouse Market, an ethical catering operation and an educational program for schools with 180+ volunteers and 6 employees.

Sophie Maxwell founded the Really NEET Project back in 2011, she wanted to develop a college where young people who had complex needs including mental health issues, care-leavers, young people on probation, young parents, young people with learning disabilities and other such barriers could learn in a safe environment, most of Really NEET’s young people have struggled in all previous education placements including school. Really NEET works with a 160 young people a year across Rotherham, Barnsley and Sheffield. Sophie was driven by her own experience, she was pulled out of school at 14 to escape domestic violence and ended up homeless at 16. She has won many national awards for the work she has done including the high sheriffs award for devoted services to the community and the Duke of York Award. 

Students can book their place via UniHub https://unihub.shu.ac.uk/students/events/detail/579242

Five weeks into my internship, a whole host of experience under my belt, and 0 coffees made for anyone but myself!

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What the intern saw

Post written by Hayley Adams, a BA Public Relations graduate. 

Five weeks into my internship, a whole host of experience under my belt, and 0 coffees made for anyone but myself! What more could I want? Aside from a huge, comfy chair of course…

I arrived in Halifax (from Sheffield, England) just five days before starting with Ammp (A Million Moving Parts), and with a homemade coin chart in hand, Chris and Ben had everything set for me from the get go. When trying to tailor my experience, they asked exactly what I wanted to learn in my time with them. I listed a few things before stopping and thinking ‘actually, I just want to try everything’ and so that’s the way it’s going.

There’s no denying that I have been a bit of a Bambi – needing the reassurance that what I am doing is right, good enough. However, beyond their eye-rolls at my panics, their laughter, patience and growing belief in the skills they drill into me daily constantly reinforces my confidence.

Halifax, Canada

Ammp’s consideration of my opinion when it comes down to major business approaches and actions makes me feel less like an intern, and more like a valued team member – something that just doesn’t happen when you’re trying to gain that always necessary experience.

Lastly, and most importantly to me is their willingness to let me go out and exercise the entire purpose of the business – being creative. Getting stuck in there with my own ideas is the sort of experience that is invaluable to my future.

With only three weeks left, I fully intend on making the most of my time with Chris and Ben, so get yourself prepared for more panic and simple questions, guys. You won’t be getting rid of me at the end, that’s for sure!

How Sheffield Hallam Student’s Union Can Help You

Sheffield Hallam Student’s Union is passionate about social enterprise, businesses or projects that have a clear social or environmental purpose at the heart of what they do.

We are very proud that since November 2012 we have provided funding, support and advice to 32 start-up social enterprises. These social entrepreneurs have tackled a wide range of issues for example:

  • Dan Aid (http://danaid.co.uk/ ) offers advice to young people about the health risks associated with body piercing
  • Soberistas (http://soberistas.com/ ) an online community specifically targets women who are concerned about their alcohol consumption
  • Risky Roads Project which works with young people aged 13 – 19 years in Sheffield to inform them, and raise awareness of, gun and knife crime, the consequences, and the lifelong effects this has on the victims, families and offenders
  • Dynamic Diabetes helps create suitable exercise regimes for  people suffer from diabetes

During the next academic year we will be running the Innovation Award to offer you the funding and support to start your own social enterprise. Not only is it a great way for you to give something back to the local community but you will also gain some invaluable experience that will also help increase your employability, for more information visit http://hallamunion.org/socialenterprise/ or email c.palmer@shu.ac.uk .

We also understand the importance of gaining transferable skills and specialist knowledge of social enterprise through hands on work experience. We are currently offering funded placements with two fantastic local social enterprises. Both positions will start mid-June and are for current students or those who are graduating this summer. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Wednesday14th May 2014 for more information visit: http://hallamunion.org/socialenterprise/work-placements/

In addition we have also supported three applications for Balloon Kenya which brings exceptional young people from around the world to work in Kenya for 6 weeks with budding local entrepreneurs.

Sheffield Hallam Business Student sets his sights on Kenya

Daniel Garlick, a Sheffield Hallam University Business Studies student, was chosen to join the 2013 Balloon Kenya programme and has travelled to Kenya for 6 weeks over the summer to help local people set up sustainable businesses and “empower local people to defeat poverty through business”.

Balloon Kenya is a social enterprise programme where 48 students from all over the world work with locals to start businesses in the most sustainable and effective way. £15,000 will be invested in at least 75 start-up businesses in communities where there is 65% unemployment.

Daniel has been an active member of his home community within the Air Cadets where he was awarded Best Cadet of the County in 2010 due to his “distinguished service” to them and his hard work in fundraising and volunteering. He has also achieved the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and met the Duke himself. With this next challenge in Kenya he is hoping it will “give (him) a chance to do something worthwhile and gain experience which will make (him) stand out”.

Daniel has been supported by Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union with his funding to join this project as it was clear that it was a fantastic opportunity in so many ways; Vanessa Marshall, Student Development Manager at Hallam Union, explained that “this exciting project will benefit the community in which Daniel is working, he will gain many skills and knowledge in social enterprise, finance, and project management whilst improving his employability and experiencing life and enterprise in a different culture. On his return, he will share his experiences with other Hallam students, perhaps inspiring them to follow in his footsteps to Kenya or even into local social enterprises here in Sheffield”

Daniel is keeping everyone up to date and sharing his experiences on his blog at http://djgarlick.wordpress.com

Sheffield Hallam Open Day 15th June

The University open day took place on 15 June, and was attended by about 3000 people.  Careers and Employment always have a presence at the open days, but this time Paul Helm did a support talk called “Preparing you for your career.”  Paul commented that, ‘…more people signed up for the talk than I expected, and think it was definitely something worth doing. The main points that I made were about the massive range of opportunities on offer for students to enhance their employability, and the support that is there for them from day one’.

Sheila Quairney from the Research and Innovation Office then talked about the support on offer for self employment and how Sheffield Hallam supports students in developing enterprise skills. Sheila also described the work of the Venture Matrix.

Also, three of the students who feature in the Tomorrow’s You campaign – Henna, Tom, and Laurie spoke about different aspects of the support they had in preparing for their career. You can watch their videos here.

Graduate Employment Conference

The Graduate Employment Conference took place in Sheffield on the 30th of May and gradcore have put together video clips from the day on their site for those of you who missed it or for a recap of the best bits of the day.

They have provided video clips, one of which is by the CEO Martin Edmondson, on the various themes including Employability strategies and bridging the gap between SMEs (small to medium enterprises) and graduates. Find them here.

On the site you can also find the programme for the day.

Social Enterprise Unleashed

Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) was recently named as a HE social entrepreneurship partner by UnLtd and HEFCE as part of their HE Support initiative. During the last few months SHU and its Student’s Union have been working on establishing a social entrepreneurship culture which will allow their staff and students to start up social ventures and create social change.

So far the awards have gained a great deal of attention in Sheffield and have sparked new conversation around social innovation. Sheffield Hallam University are being looked at as one of the leading HEIs involved in the programme and have already awarded 13 projects with grant funding, with more to be issued in the summer.

With support from academics working in Social Enterprise, SHU and the Students Union have been able to run specialist workshop days enabling applicants to gain one to one advice on writing bids and starting their own social ventures.

Sheila Quairney, Business and Enterprise Manager at the Research and Innovation Office commented, “We’ve been delighted with the dramatic increase in interest in social enterprise across the University since we launched the UnLtd programe.  The partnership between the University and the Student’s Union has been key to achieving this and has worked extremely well. The programme has also attracted the attention of senior staff who value the impact that it is having on the student experience”.

The collaboration between SHU and it’s Student’s Union has led to a great start to the HE Support initiative. With over 50 applications already, the SHU & Students Union partnership expects to create further developments in the ever growing student led social enterprise landscape.

You can follow the Union, the Research and Innovation Office and Sheffield Hallam University on Twitter 

To find out more look on the Hallam Union website.