Southside Partnership DLR specialises in providing support to the founders / owners of pre-start-up and early start up social enterprises, while also working with developing and established organisations.
There are a wide range of social enterprises in Ireland and many organisations in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown already operate under this model in sectors including transport, media, sports / recreation and the arts to name just a few.
- to raise awareness and encourage local community leaders and private individuals to explore setting up a social enterprise
- to support the development and growth of a social enterprise culture in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown
WHAT IS A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE:
In a sector that is hard to define, we explain social enterprise in the following way:
A social enterprise is a business that tackles social and environmental issues. It creates jobs and generates income like other businesses but, instead of channelling profits to its owners, it reinvests them to support their social mission. In doing so, they improve people’s lives in our communities and societies.
It is what a business does with its profits + it’s social objectives that determines whether or not it is a social enterprise.
WHAT WE DO
We provide business and practical skills support, while also developing owner confidence and personal skills. We do this through:
- Training (workshops + short training programmes)
- Networking opportunities
- Referrals to additional services
Our staff have over 20 years experience working in the non profit sector and, specifically, supporting social enterprises and charities with a trading aspect to their work. Contact us with any questions, and for more information about how we can help you.
SOME EXAMPLES OF SUCCESSFUL SOCIAL ENTERPRISES INCLUDE
Accessible Community Transport Southside (ACTSLtd) provides door to door demand responsive accessible transport for people with disabilities and mobility difficulties across south and west Dublin.
Deilg Inis Theatre Company was founded in 2003 and is the only full-time professional theatre company in Ireland devoted to helping people tell their unique stories – in terms of physical place, social history, and literary heritage.
Cycling Without Age https://cyclingwithoutage.ie/
The Garden School http://ciaranburke.ie/ciaran-burke/
Music Generation DLR
Crosscare Community Café http://crosscare.ie/index.php/community-cafes
Hellenic Community of Ireland https://www.helleniccommunity.ie/
Irish Malayali Newsletter http://irishmalayali.com/
Competition Based Funding:
Government (non refundable)
The Wheel https://www.wheel.ie/
Carmichael Centre https://www.carmichaelireland.ie/
Young Social Innovators https://www.youngsocialinnovators.ie/
Social Enterprise Skills for Business Advisors http://sesbaproject.eu/en/
Irish Social Entrepreneurs Network https://www.socent.ie/
Dublin Social Entrepreneurs https://www.meetup.com/Dublin-SocialEntrepreneurs/
Ideas Collective https://www.stand.ie/ideas-collective/
Public Participation Network http://dlrppn.ie/
Volunteer Centre https://www.volunteerdlr.ie/
Enactus Ireland http://enactusireland.org/
Social Enterprise Toolkit