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Durham University

Careers & Enterprise Centre

Social Enterprise Live Project

The Programme:

The Careers & Enterprise Centre run 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 funded project based internship in one of a number of selected thriving and socially aware organisations.

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 £1,150 for 140 hours work for the social enterprise. The project must start before the end of the Easter term and be completed within the current 2019-2020 academic year. Hours of work decided between the student, the social enterprise and the university. 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 includes travel and subsistence costs.

Please note: each project has an individual deadline for applications.

Also, it is important to note that the information below is only a snapshot of the information available. ALL details are available via the individual links. Please ensure you have fully read all of the information available before applying.

Changing Relations C.I.C

Placement Details
Changing Relations C.I.C. is an arts-based education & training company that produces a range of content drawing on different art forms to challenge thinking around gender equality, gender norms & healthy relationships.In addition to displaying our creative output publicly in settings such as the Alphabetti Theatre, Dance City, The Bowes Museum, we use it as the basis of the education & training we offer to schools, communities & professionals.We address topical & sensitive subjects in an accessible way & give a voice to those people who have been affected. We have produced resources on domestic abuse, sexting risks & healthy relationships; the shaming of female bodies & sexuality; explored themes of gender equality & identity; how childhood shapes adolescence; & the destructive or limiting impact that cultural norms & social pressures can have on mental health & wellbeing.


The Project
As an organisation we are looking to go through a process of organisational development to ensure that we have strong foundations in place before we grow and increase the number of people working with / for us either in a freelance artist / facilitator capacity or as an employee. One of the areas we are looking to develop is our HR policies, procedures and processes, including looking at recruitment, induction, management and appraisal. We would like to develop an operational manual that brings together everything to do with how we work as an organisation. Alongside this would be an employee / contractor handbook that includes all of that information that would need to be shared.

We are looking for a student to take on a placement supporting us in developing this, including researching inclusive and nurturing models of conducting HR.

For more details, and to apply, follow this link: https://careers.dur.ac.uk/leap/jobs.html?id=160239&service=Careers+Centre

Citizen Songwriters

Placement Details

Citizen Songwriters is a social enterprise based in the North East of England that enables people from diverse backgrounds to share their stories through writing lyrics, creating music and performance. Citizen Songwriters supports disadvantaged groups including people from refugee backgrounds and others who are socially isolated by providing professionally facilitated workshops and opportunities for performance through the Stories of Sanctuary tour. The programme includes interactive workshops on storytelling, writing lyrics, making melodies, crafting songs as well as rehearsing and performing them. Citizen Songwriters will also be developing a network of music practitioners from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds through an interactive training programme.

The Project

This placement will involve developing the image of ‘Citizen Songwriters’ through the website and social media channels. This will involve shaping the public image of Citizen Songwriters, advertising workshops, performances and associated products (online streaming of music, selling CDs and other merchandise) as well as pitching press releases to reputable newspapers and online media channels.The placement will give students opportunities to develop their marketing and branding skills, effective use of social media to build online audiences, pitching articles for newspaper and online news outlets, and developing their sales strategy in online marketing. Their placement will contribute significantly to the public image of Citizen Songwriters, which in turn will improve the organisation's profile, pitch for commissioned work as well as securing funding for future projects.There will also be opportunities to support the Citizen Songwriters team in developing a network of music practitioners from asylum seeker and refugee backgrounds in the North East of England through supporting developing an effective communications strategy alongside the Training Coordinator and Development Officer.

For more details, and to apply, follow this link:https://careers.dur.ac.uk/leap/jobSearch.html?id=160237&service=Careers+Centre

Social Enterprise Acumen CIC

Placement Details
Social Enterprise Acumen CIC supports social entrepreneurs and social enterprises to start, grow and scale their social impact using business models to address social issues. It delivers training, coaching, mentoring, advice and consultancy services across the UK and internationally with a focus on North East England. Our strategic aims are:

  • to increase the number of social enterprise startups in the North East
  • to help organisations to become more socially enterprising
  • to improve the ecosystem of support for social enterprise in North East England

The Project

This project has two elements:

Objective 1

Develop a social enterprise directory for North East Social Enterprises with a B2B offer.

This fits with our Buy Social project where we are aiming to work with 100 social enterprises and at least 3 major companies to increase social enterprise in the supply chain for the companies. We are arranging two meet the buyer events in autumn 2020 and want to identify potential and build capacity in the social enterprise sector in preparation for this.

The project involves research and data analysis from charity and Community Interest Company databases, contacting the organisations and developing the directory of social enterprise suppliers.

Objective 2

Social Enterprise Acumen runs a network for social enterprises in North East England which has been in existence for 5 years in a range of formats. We want to review the network, consult with social entrepreneurs and social enterprises who fall into all categories ie

  • have been committed members
  • occasional attendees
  • never attended

The project involves consultation to help us relaunch the network in a format that meets the needs and aspirations of social entrepreneurs and social enterprises. The outcome of the project should be a report recommending the way forward for the network.

Working hours and location can be flexible for these projects (students may work remotely, and either on a part time, term time basis, or full time hours, during vacations).

For more detail, and to apply, follow this link: https://careers.dur.ac.uk/leap/jobs.html?id=160241&service=Careers+Centre

For further details on the programme visit https://www.dur.ac.uk/careers/students/jobs/workexperience/events/selp/

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

Resources