Program aims to build links to community

A CHANCE to build links to the community through social enterprise is available to people in central Victoria.

The Bendigo Social Change 101 Program provides a unique opportunity for up to 20 individuals to work collaboratively with a talented team of facilitators, business experts and seasoned entrepreneurs to bring an idea or venture with a community benefit to life in the central Victoria region.

The program will help participants develop the skills, confidence and networks required to develop their social enterprise.

Run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs in partnership with Make a Change Australia, an information session is being held at the La Trobe Visual Arts Centre in View Street tonight from 5.30pm.

“It is designed for people with the passion, drive and commitment to starting up or growing an initiative with social or environmental  benefits that can be financially sustainable,” Make a Change Australia executive director Karen Corr said.

“It has been run in major cities in Australia and has come to Bendigo because there is so much innovation happening here.”

Ms Corr said businesses like Haven; Home, Safe, Eaglehawk Recycling Centre, St Luke’s Innovative Resources, Bendigo Bank Community Banking, Radius Disability Services and Bendigo Access Employment were established social enterprises in Bendigo.

“In Bendigo there are a lot of challenges in the community,” Ms Corr said.

“There’s also a lot of businesses, so by joining the two together we can make a huge difference.

“But there is already so many business doing it.”

Ms Corr said making a lasting change in the community was important.

The four-month program will help passionate people’s ideas become financially sustainable and business-savvy people get into the community side of things.

Ms Corr’s Make a Change organisation supports people aiming to make a difference in the community. 

To find out more or to register your interest log onto www.the-sse.org/schools/24/australia/325/bendigo-social-change-101

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