Organisations: Images & Responses

Prior to the Workshop participants were asked to complete and questionnaire & also present an image.

The written answers have been ‘laced’ with the images provided as an answer to question 2 “a picture/image that describes your organisation”

1. The varieties of socially related enterprise

Please list between 3 & 5 examples of different types of socially related enterprise that occur in your location/region. These can include those that have been involved in existing research interviews.

It is fair to say that the region of Greater Poland (with its centre in Poznań) is bustling with activity related to social enterprise – according to the Regional Centre of Social Policies there are 190 social enterprises in our region as well as 28 centres of social integration, 26 clubs of social integration and 89 workshops of occupational therapy.

heritage, housing, community development, food, health, leisure

the UtilDeco – a social entreprise developped from an existing NGO and aiming to insert in the workforce people with disabilities the Cuib bistro – a social entreprise developped as a different kind of business, sustaining social economy, local producers, slow cooking and social local involvement of people

1. Sheltered employment for disabled people looking for a job (Util Deco); 2. Employment services for young people from vulnerable groups who are looking for a job (Util Deco); 3. Promoting sustainable consumption of goods as an important method of each individual to contribute to the common good (CUIB); 4. Promoting the purchase of local products to increase positive social impact and reduce the negative impact of human activity on nature (CUIB) 5. Creative transformation of textile waste by collecting, refurbishing and their use by community members (REDU)


Newtown Textile Museum – Heritage TrosGynnal Plant – social Dial a ride – community transport

Centro Astalli, Agricoltura Nuova, Agricoltura Sociale

Artimas menas (Relative Art); Maltos ordino pagalbos tarnyba (Order of Malta Relief Organization in Lithuania); Salotų baras: Mano guru (Salad bar: My guru); Trys seserys (Three sisters).

Welshpool Light Rlwy (heritage) Cwm Harry & associates (environment) Bishops Castle Arts Fest (culture)


2. Organisations: A TASK

Please create & send a picture/image that describes your organisation


3. Organisations: Creating a Structure

Please outline (in brief) an organisational structure that you consider to be appropriate for the new SpArC organisation.

Tough questions! Regarding the structure, in my opinion the flatter the better! Volunteers will be naturally more engaged if they feel they have a real say about the organisation – hierarchies tend to make people passive and disinterested, or at least they do in my country. Promote the idea in local secondary schools and get the youth to contribute. Easier said than done, sure.

There would be a need to consider governance, enterprise, marketing and management of resources that are not paid employees

in cooperation with youth organisations/senior organisations (including tertiary educational providers) who will promote volunteers – handling the voluntary and the marketing part in cooperation with business people who will manage and organise the business

Flat. Representatives of users and local area reps (councillors), volunteer assistants. Consider engaging a wide cross-section But have a comparatively small management group that includes any employed staff. There would be a central core ‘team’ – & a series of satellite groups representing differing aspects (sometimes called ‘committees’ – but that sounds dreary & a ‘satellite’ approach can encourage engagement as the function of such is more than just managerial) (Annual) forum for anyone in a defined area (cross-border). Attempt at balancing wide impact/engagement & managerial efficiency As charitable status is likely such elements will probably be included Try & maintain the informality that has operated in the campaign! Are there enough volunteers to fill the roles?

Paid management – flat structure – reporting to volunteer trustees Volunteers offered training Incentives for community support – using facilities. Supporting and promoting local artists celebrations

Volunteer organization with participation of private company that support SpArC with a weekly working day of some employees to work in collaboration with volunteers.

Organization should have collaborative structure. Leaders in this type of organization should have the most important role. They should motivate volunteers in non financial rewards. Organization also should provide trainings for the volunteers as a reward for good work. Also volunteers should have clearly objective and tasks. Very important that volunteers could feel to obtain ”self-realization” and organization values should match volunteers values because in other way volunteers will not be productive.

The organizational structure should include the following key positions: – general manager – coordinator of fundraising activities and fund management – volunteer coordinato – activities coordinator,



Corporate volunteering as a recipe to support SpArc in Bishop Castel.

In Italy grows corporate volunteering

More and more companies that marry this social responsibility strategy, by giving employees the opportunity to spend

an average of three days in the community and territory and gain new skills. But the road is still long …

That the Italian companies are focusing in recent years on the social responsibility is a fact.

The numbers also show the latest report devoted to this sector and drafted by the Observatory

of Socialis Errepì communication with the institution IXE.

In the cauldron of many initiatives gathered under this hat is the relationship with the territory (married since 42% of companies)

among other channels through volunteer organizations. It is basically divided initiatives in two areas:

on the one hand the company promotes voluntary actions in which involve their employees, 

on the other it organizes even during business hours.

The remarkable aspect, and often overlooked, is how these experiences can make luggage, and provide professional development and advancement.

Not surprisingly, since volunteering has quickly passed its certification.

In Italy there are different realities, such as the Attitude project in Milan, designed by the Polytechnic, Afol South, Fondazione Don Gnocchi and Ciessevi.

You go by your animator road in playroom. But the central point is “reinforcing transversal skills: development and modeling of learning paths non-formal, informal, certifiable”. In short, the corporate volunteering in Italy is slowly becoming an important element in the development of so-called soft skills, emotional and social skills of an individual worker also exercised in his robes.