Social Enterprise and Employment Development Service (SEEDS) is a microfinance project funded by The Royal Borough of Greenwich through the Drug and Alcohol and Mental Health Integrated Commissioning Team (DAMIC).
The project began in July 2014 and is designed to find innovative ways to enable clients in recovery from substance misuse to become self-employed through the creation of their own social enterprises. Social enterprises are businesses set up primarily with social objectives, and whose profits are principally reinvested for that purpose - in business or in the community, rather than being driven by a need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners.
The model provides the following elements:
- Educational training on social enterprises in the social care context
- Support in writing a business plan
- Student and community mentorships
- Ongoing support from the project
The programme can have a positive impact on service users, supporting both treatment system objectives, community resilience and personal empowerment to establish their own social enterprises that provide employment and also tackle a range of social and economic issues in Greenwich.
SEEDS is seen as “by far the Social Enterprise project in Greenwich which is leading on proactive joint working”- Centre for Public Innovation Inspector
Participants will gain the following from the SEEDS academy:
- Core enterprise skills
- A detailed business plan
- An opportunity for access to funding with an investment committee
- Ongoing support & business mentoring
To qualify for SEEDS, you must:
- Be 18+
- Be legally entitled to work in the UK
- Be free from dependency
- Be in stable recovery
- Be in stable housing
- Have a reference from a key worker
- Have literacy and numeracy skills