Social and community enterprise

Social Enterprise is a process by which a business model is applied to meet a social need or aspiration. Social Enterprises are designed to be self-funding or recover costs associated with meeting  community, cultural, economic and environmental outcomes.

Through the use of social enterprise models, communities and individuals become empowered to create the change they want to see in their world, more effectively deliver community outcomes and meet urgent social priorities while at the same time generating sustainability in social programs and reducing their dependence on external funding.

Wyong Shire Council is implementing a range of programs to deliver on the Central Coast Regional Social Enterprise Strategy - to promote economic sustainability in the social sector, increase the social and community outcomes generated by  local enterprises and support the development of innovative new enterprise models within the region.

Social Enterprise Program

 Do you have a great idea to:

  • Create your own business or charitable venture?
  • Make a difference in your community?
  • Get paid to do what you love?

Then its time to do something about it. Turn your ideas and dreams into reality and develop the skills you need to develop a business model and  plan, get grant ready or get your new venture off the ground with our FREE  Social Enterprise Development Program for aspiring social entrepreneurs starting in 2016.

Partnership with Village Central Wyong - calling for EOIs to occupy retail space

Are you ready to take your venture to the next level?

Council has partnered with Village central Wyong to provide incubation space for Social Enterprise Projects.

This is a great chance to maximise your exposure and build your venture in one of the region's leading retail environments.

For more information contact our Community Enterprise Officer - Adele.Johns@wyong.nsw.gov.au

Social Entrepreneur Network

If you're an entrepreneur involved with a community group or business person and committed to making a difference in our community why not also check out our regular Peer to Peer Network events particularly our new program of Breakfast Seminars to start early 2016, where you will find out about the latest development in the sector and the resources and support available for our local social enterprises.

Take a look at our events page to for more details on what's coming up.

Social Enterprise Regional Strategy

There has been a growing interest around social enterprise on the Central Coast over the last three years. The Social Enterprise Strategy Document for the Central Coast in 2011, was developed with input from a variety of local, state and federal government departments, non-government organisations, the business and community sectors. Contact Regional Development Australia, Central Coast on 4349 4949 for more details.

Social Procurement

By purchasing quality goods or services that also produce positive social outcomes, we can strengthen local economic development, open new opportunities for employment or enhance local skill development.

Social Procurement in NSW: a Guide to Achieving Social Value through Public Sector Procurement is the culmination of a 12 month partnership of local, state and federal government, from the Central Coast, Sydney and the Illawarra, working together to promote social procurement in NSW.

Examples:

Social enterprise's operate to fulfill a broad range of community needs, priorities and aspirations in every industry sector. Some examples include:

Job Creation and Economic Growth:

Environment:

Equality:

Education:

Transport:

Arts and Culture:

Health & Wellbeing:

Sport and Recreation:

Place Activation:

“What is Social Entrepreneurship?  Whenever society is stuck, it needs an entrepreneur to see the opportunity and then to turn that vision into a realistic idea and then a reality and then, indeed, the new pattern across society. This is the work of social entrepreneurs” 

Bill Drayton