‘Social Saturday’ with Ards & North Down Borough Council

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Social Saturday celebrates ‘profit with purpose’ in Ards and North Down.

Ards and North Down Borough Council is supporting local social enterprises  – businesses with a social or environmental mission – to run events and promotions across the Borough to raise awareness of their work as part of the UK  wide ‘Social Saturday’ campaign on 10 October 2015.

The Social Saturday initiative aims to promote this vital sector of the economy and demonstrate its impact on the community.  The profits from these projects support the local community, international development, the environment, charities and a wealth of other progressive schemes and are re-invested in them.  Social enterprises operate in and support a variety of sectors.  In Ards and North Down this ranges from training for people with learning difficulties to brewing companies to electrical appliance refurbishment and resale and more.

Ards and North Down Borough Council is investing in the community by actively supporting local social enterprises to grow and develop, for example, by helping them to build meaningful relationships with public and private organisations.

The Council is leading the momentum to develop a meaningful relationship between public and private organisations and is committed to working with its social enterprises by developing further initiatives with Social Enterprise NI through a programme of events and activities over the next few months. In addition, the Council will shortly be running its own Social Entrepreneurship Programme to ensure that new and existing social enterprises in the Borough benefit from the necessary capacity building to enhance their business.

For further information on what is happening in Ards and North Down on Social Saturday (10 October 2015) and how to get involved contact Karine McGuckin on 028 9147 3788 or email karine.mcguckin@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk.  You can also follow #socialsaturday2015 on Twitter and visit www.socialenterpriseni.org to see what is happening in Northern Ireland or in the UK in general.

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