The City of Wodonga hosted a 2 day ‘Understanding Social Enterprise’ workshop on the 14th and 15th September 2015. The program was designed for individuals and organisations interested in developing their knowledge of social enterprise and the potential benefits it may have in their work and community.

Learning Outcomes From the Workshop

  • Defined the values and purpose of a social enterprise to better understand where it sits in relation to the corporate and voluntary sector.
  • Explored the challenges of managing a triple bottom line to understand what issues you might face in developing and managing a social enterprise.
  • Examined the range of organisational and legal structure available to social enterprises to comprehend the variety of types of social enterprise.
  • Identified finance and support available to social enterprise to enable you to access further information for your own needs.
  • Discussed real life examples of social enterprise to deepen your understanding of the realities of setting up and running a social enterprise.
  • Planned for the development of your role in the sector to enable follow on from the learning program.

Participant feedback on their experience of the workshop

 “I understand the reasons of social enterprise and benefits within community. Provided learning of the different success of social enterprise.”

“I feel I understand more in regard to the potential of developing large and successful business. Also, how small enterprise can be just as meaningful and relevant.”

“I had a very base level understanding of social enterprise, but now feel as though this has been fleshed out and expanded on. Seeing practical examples has really improved my understanding of Social Enterprise.”

“I have a deeper understanding of what SE (Social Enterprise) is, how it can be applied to the organisation I represent, plus gaining practical insights into SE structure, the do’s and don’ts.”

Workshop Evaluation Results Summarised

Expectations – 21% exceeded (100% fully met or exceeded);

Experience – 36% excellent experience, 93% great or excellent

Recommendation) – 100%