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Student Social Entrepreneurs reach National Competition for Local Projects
(5 April 2019)
Enactus Durham, a student organisation which works within the community to develop social enterprise projects, has been successful at the regional Enactus competition, qualifying for the National competition which will take place on 8-9 April in London.
What is Enactus?
Enactus is a global organisation which supports the use of entrepreneurial action in the pursuit of creating a better world. Students are tasked with carrying out needs assessments for community problems and to then identify business solutions for these. Through working alongside the community and transferring skills, they are able implement financially sustainable solutions.
Communities benefit from fresh ideas and students are able to gain valuable experience in enterprise and social action.
Enactus Durham is supported by the University’s Careers and Enterprise team, as well as a network of local businesses and community groups. The group has gone from strength to strength this year, growing from nine to 52 dedicated members, who are working across four distinct projects.
What local projects have Enactus Durham been working on?
Community group, Space4, in Houghton-le-Spring provides a safe space and support for those who face a range of life’s challenges.
Students have been running sessions at the centre, building relationships and gaining the trust of members of the group. Each week they introduce new activities to the community. So far these have included calligraphy and Tai-Chi. 87% of participants have said that they have really enjoyed their time and were happy to take part in future sessions.
Our students are supporting a pantomime production which will build confidence, increase skills and generate revenue for the group.
Read this blog post to find out more.
BASE (Bishop Auckland Schools Exchange)
Partnering with three colleges in Bishop Auckland, Enactus will support students to develop journalism skills, networks and corporate funding; enabling the colleges to create a student-run digital newspaper.
Alongside these local projects, the Enactus Durham is also involved in two diverse international projects. Pink Speak is a project based in rural Hyderabad, India, which supports female enterprise. The Agou Initiative project which is run alongside a community in Togo to develop a sustainable forestry business.
What’s next for Enactus Durham?
We are keeping our fingers crossed for their success next week!
If you are involved in a community project and interested in working with Enactus Durham, please do get in touch.