Objectives of the event
Attendees of the Unpacking Social Enterprise event were asked to complete an evaluation of seven questions based on the objectives above, rating their answers on a scale of 5, where 1 = A Little and 5 = A Lot.
The attendees were also asked to rate each speaker, again on a scale of 5, where 1 = Nothing New and 5 = Inspirational.
26 evaluation forms were returned from 37 attendees (including 6 speakers), from which the following graphs summarise the feedback given.
These numbers are very similar to our first Unpacking Social Enterprise event run in March 2018 in Winchester. What the figures show is that there is still a long way to go to build awareness of Social Enterprise, both within communities, in Rotary and a Social Enterprise network. Feedback said that the event helped those running Social Enterprises deepen their knowledge of other enterprises and that there is a need for Social Enterprise networking, especially as in a recent report by the Middlesex University they found that there were 2,294 Social Enterprises in Hampshire alone.
There is more surety about how, as individuals, they can help build the market place compared to our March event. There is now over half, compared to a fifth in March, very confident that they are able to do this. However, taking into account the 2,294 number mentioned above, which is an underestimate, there is a real need to map where these Social Enterprises are and encourage closer collaboration and mutual support.
21 of the 26 evaluation forms returned gave us their emails to receive details on any other events like this that we run and to work with us to help build the market place for Social Enterprises. In response to this we have other events planned for 2019:
As mentioned at the workshop, please sign up to our directory at https://rotarysocialinnovation.co.uk/social-enterprise-directory/
At our March event we had a specific speaker talking about diversity, accessibility and inclusion, so it had a key focus. At this latest event the subject was an intrinsic part of each speakers’ presentation, giving such issues to be an important part of how Social Enterprises develop. We need to reflect, is there a need for a specific presentation to highlight such issues or whether we achieved our goal by the latest approach.
An evaluation of the Speaker ratings is included on the pie chart to the right, but in addition to the summary it is worth noting that 22 out of 26 evaluations rated all the speakers as 5 or 4. Of the remaining 4 forms, some 3s were given, but in some cases with a note that it was because they had heard the speaker recently. General feedback received on the day was that they liked the fact that each speaker were at a different stage of their development. What was apparent was that all the speakers generated passion for helping and caring in the community, a good sign of this was the networking at the end and various comments not recorded in this
Other areas that attendees noted they would like to learn more about are:
Other comments were:-
“I really enjoyed the event and was very encouraged by the enthusiasm and genuine willingness to work together and share the vision of a world run by social entrepreneurs!! We are seeing in Portsmouth (and elsewhere) a new wave of social entrepreneurs who are energetic and willing to work together to achieve greater impact in their communities. I believe this is a challenge to the existing sector, which maybe has been influenced in the same way that charities have by the competition for funding, which has put them in competition with each other. This group of new and aspiring social entrepreneurs understand the value of collaboration and so are far more committed to working together to achieve social and environmental change. They create energy and a ‘can do’ attitude and support each other in way that is inspirational.”
Sandie Davis, School of Social Enterprise
“I thought it was a great event, informal but professional, and an interested engaged crowd. There did seem like a real positive vibe in the room and lots of questions and discussion. Great to raise the profile of social enterprise and what is going on locally in the attendees community.
I had to rush off at 1pm, so not sure how it all panned out, but people were definitely talking to each other when I left, so that’s a good sign.
Well done to everyone involved, great vision, great event.”
Alice McGarvie, From the Harp
Appendix: Further Action for Rotary