ACRE advocates for the business model of social enterprise as a means of rejuvenating communities across Australia. We’re proud to be a founding member of SENVIC, a practitioner-led network with a clear purpose – to establish a thriving social enterprise sector in Victoria.
This week a lively group of 15 SENVIC members from East Gippsland, Shepparton, Venus Bay, and Port Phillip joined an ‘understanding social enterprise’ workshop hosted by Social Enterprise Academy Australia.
Drawn from many sectors – community development, Neighbourhood Houses, local government, education, food production and retail – participants explored the fundamentals of social enterprise, looking at ways to incorporate social enterprise models into existing for-purpose organisations, or formalise a social purpose as a key driver for a traditional business.
The workshop was hosted by SENVIC regional manager, Peter Ekstedt, and Social Enterprise Academy Australia facilitator, Rebecca Iliffe who received great feedback:
“…what a wonderful day. An amazing amount of positive energy and shared information, it was one of the most impactful sessions I have attended…..”
Kaylene Cossar – President Charlton Neighbourhood House
SENVIC creates a unique place where social enterprises can learn their craft and become stronger together. The Network includes five Local Leads who connect, enable and provide leadership for the social enterprise sector.
- Barwon Southwest: Impact Evaluation
- Gippsland: SENVIC Gippsland Consortium (Wellington Shire, The Centre for Rural Communities, Traralgon Neighbourhood Learning House and Venus Bay Community Centre)
- Grampians: The Centre for Participation
- Hume: Upper Murray Regional Neighbourhood House Network
- Loddon/Mallee: The Christie Centre.
SENVIC is free to join. As a member, you’ll be part of a statewide practitioner-led network, with access to incredible learning and development programs