After the success of last year’s Pockets and Prospects programme, Senscot and Glasgow Social Enterprise Network (GSEN) are again working in partnership to identify further social enterprises in the Glasgow area to participate in this year’s programme.
Through a number of activities delivered by SEN members last year, including storytelling sessions, art workshops, daytime discos, golf lessons and gentle yoga, the Pockets and Prospects programme reached out to over 350 people in Glasgow – helping to reduce the causes and symptoms of loneliness and social isolation.
What is the Pockets and Prospects programme?
The Pockets and Prospects programme is a partnership between Senscot and GSEN which aims to help community organisations deliver real social impact at a local level through through small, targeted ‘pockets’ of funding.
The programme allows community anchor organisations to purchase specially-tailored activities from a ‘pick and mix’ selection available from suppliers (SEN members). Each community anchor organisation has a budget of £2000, provided by Senscot through the programme, and can select activities which are best suited to members of their community.
Senscot then introduces the community anchor organisation to the supplier, who can then arrange dates and activities.
After activities have taken place, Senscot pays the supplier for their services directly.
For more information, read the 2018 Pockets and Prospects Report, which includes details on the issues faced by beneficiaries and a full list of project activities and outcomes.
Who was involved last year?
Last year a total of 13 social enterprises and six community anchor organisations took part in the programme, delivering dozens of activities to members of the community including: people over 65 experiencing mental health issues; low income families; single parents; unpaid mental health carers; people experiencing unemployment; and women suffering from isolation and anxiety.
Community Anchor orgs:
Social enterprise suppliers:
How can my organisation get involved?
If you would like to take part in the 2019 Pockets and Prospects programme, please get in touch with either Senscot’s Mary Sinclair (firstname.lastname@example.org) or GSEN’s Elizabeth Doherty (email@example.com) by Friday 12th April.
“It has benefited us by allowing us to widen our network and inform people about our project and has also brought new customers.”
Lynne O’Neill, GAMH
“It has allowed us to reach out to different groups within the community who may have otherwise been unaware of the work we do.”
Alison Whyte, The Village Storytelling Centre
“We raised income through taking part. We were also able to provide income for our tutors who delivered this outreach service. We made new connections and were able to discuss how the organisation is working towards improving their community. We widened our reach and promotes out social enterprise as we brought in our flyers to distribute to participants. The Facebook event pages also directed other people to our enterprise.”
Nadine Gorency, Rags to Riches
“It helped us establishing new contacts and hopefully future collaborations.”
Kamilla Biskup, Lingo Flamingo
“As a direct result of this session we have been approached for information on providing similar sessions locally.”
Hugh McCue, Theatre Nemo
“Huge benefits as its helped us build trust. Some organisations have now booked further activities with us as a result, which means we can assist more community members.”
Pasna Sallis, Weekday Wow Factor