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Durham University

Careers & Enterprise Centre

Social Enterprise Live Project

The Programme:

Careers & Enterprise run the highly successful Social Enterprise Live Project (SELP), a bespoke programme designed to offer Durham University students, from any discipline and background, the opportunity to experience many skills, including project management, within a social enterprise. With the support of a Santander Universities Scholarly Award students have the opportunity to undertake a paid work experience internship in one of a number of selected thriving and socially aware organisations. The students who have completed projects in the past have provided excellent feedback!

This project is open to any student and should offer the opportunity to develop:

  • Project management skills
  • An insight into social enterprise
  • Employability skills

Each of the projects offer a one off payment of £1,000 for 140 hours work for the social enterprise. The project must be started before the end of the Easter term and be completed within the current 2018-2019 academic year. Hours of work and working patterns will be agreed between the student, the social enterprise and the SELP team within Careers & Enterprise. Successful candidates must be prepared to travel to the organisation to undertake their work (all opportunities should have good public transport links). The one off payment is calculated to include all travel and subsistence costs.

Changing Relations C.I.C.

Placement Details

Changing Relations C.I.C. is an arts-based education & training company that provokes thinking around gender norms, gender equality & healthy relationships, using the arts & creative methods as the foundation of the educational & training resources we produce. As a company, we frequently create artistic works that are drawn from the testimony of real people who have been affected by the issues we are exploring, ultimately for use in educational and training settings. We are in the process of developing our Artistic Policy / Vision as an organisation and part of this would articulate the way in which we work with participants to gather stories, including the ethics around doing so. We do not want to "use" participants. Experience has shown that many people really value the opportunity for their voice to be heard and taken seriously but we want to explore issues around the "rights" to their words that are fair and inclusive to these participants as well as enabling us to create content that supports our objectives of improving attitudes in relation to the topics we are covering.

For further details on the organisation visit

The Project

Ethics Intern

The SELP placement would have 2 main parts to it:

a) To assess the range of interviewing techniques sociologists use to consider which are the most appropriate for our purposes and give us some templates for gathering testimony from participants. This would also involve devising a specific set of questions for the new artistic work we are developing which is outlined above.

b) to devise an ethical policy and process relating to gathering testimony that ensures we are fair and inclusive in our approach to working with our participants. The high level nature of this placement means that we would need a Postgraduate student, undertaking either a Masters programme or a Phd to support us. They would be given the opportunity to support our lead practitioner in gathering the stories, giving practical experience of the methods being devised.

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Social Enterprise Acumen CIC

Placement Details

Social Enterprise Acumen CIC is a social enterprise that delivers training, consultancy and other support to social entrepreneurs and organisations that want to become more socially enterprising. It was founded in 2010 and works across the North East of England having supported over 700 social entrepreneurs and enterprises over the last six years of trading. For further details on the organisation visit

The Project

Acumen Intern

The intern will become involved in consulting social sector organisations on becoming more financially self-sustaining, therefore increasing social impact and business growth among social enterprises. The role will include co-managing and marketing the co-working and office project of the Old Rectory in Houghton-Le-Spring, in conjunction with the Social Enterprise and Marketing Adviser at Social Enterprise Acumen. The Old Rectory is a Grade II* Listed Building managed by our sister charity Acumen Community Buildings which aims to become a hub for social enterprises, with office spaces and co-working spaces for rent. Currently, the Old Rectory is not maximizing the space available so needs a rethink of how it can attract tenants, set accurate pricing, produce an improved product offer, and make best use of event space.

In addition, the intern will be responsible for developing a business plan for workshops in Sacriston which will aim to provide a hub for social enterprises with a manufacturing, recycling or retail focus. The projects intend to help the intern develop better understanding of social enterprises and how social and business models can complement one another. It will also help the intern develop project management and leadership skills, improving employability. For the organisation, the project will help improve its bottom line and meet its mission to improve support available for social enterprises in the region through the development of a thriving social enterprise hub.

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Stories of Sanctuary (Citizen Songwriters C.I.C)

Placement Details

Citizen Songwriters is a social enterprise that brings people from different backgrounds together through creating original songs. Through community workshops, Citizen Songwriters equips people with the basic skills of writing music.Citizen Songwriters particularly works with people from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or who experience isolation in communities, giving people the opportunity to develop their creative potential and deepen their communication skills.

The first Citizen Songwriters project is Stories of Sanctuary bringing together Syrian refugees, students and other residents of Durham through creating songs about seeking sanctuary past and present. The project involved the forming of a community choir and was launched at Durham Cathedral in October 2018, and featuring the Houses of Parliament in November with partner organization City of Sanctuary. The group currently meet twice a month at North Road Methodist Church for rehearsals, and will embark on a UK tour from June 2019. For more information, please visit:

The Project

Stories of Sanctuary Tour Coordinator Internship.

Beginning March 2019 for 6 months, the Stories of Sanctuary Tour Coordinator Internwill work alongside one of the Syrian refugees who will begin a paid post (Stories of Sanctuary Tour Coordinator) to coordinate the tour. Together the intern and refugee employee will organise the logistics of two trips to take the Stories of Sanctuary project (15 choir members, plus 3 musicians) on tour over two weekends in the summer.

The first trip is to Yorkshire on June 20 – 23rd visiting Sheffield for the Migration Matters Festival (in addition to one other Yorkshire city). A second trip takes place over the Bank Holiday weekend to the Midlands (August 23 – 26th) and includes a visit to a festival in Birmingham, an arts festival in Kettering as well as Leicester Cathedral for the Journeys Festival, an international festival celebrating refugee art and culture (TBC).

The specific roles of the internship include arranging transport, accommodation, liaising with the venue on aspects of the performance (tickets sales, access, rehearsal times, selling merchandise) as well as offer support with publicity, through writing press releases and publicising the events on social media.

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A lasting outcome of participation in the Social Enterprise Live Project programme

The Bede Film Soc and Henry Dancer Days - Please click on the document within the Resource field for the case study