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Social Enterprise Workshops Ready To Roll

East Gippsland Shire Council is set to host RCV’s first Understanding Social Enterprise workshops this September. Facilitated by the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE), the Social Enterprise workshop is a practical two day experience that introduces leaders from government, community, education and business to the latest approaches in building economic and social capital in rural communities.

The workshop explores the social enterprise concept and a number of operating models, the challenges and opportunities inherent in the model, and what the future holds for this growing movement.

WHO IS ACRE?
The Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE) is a for-purpose organisation that exists to build thriving rural communities through igniting entrepreneurship in young people and their communities. ACRE is informed by international best practice in rural community rejuvenation and has been applying these principles and programs in Victoria since 2013.

WHAT IS RCV’S PARTNERSHIP WITH ACRE AIMING TO ACHIEVE?
Over the next three years ACRE is working in partnership with Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) to deliver cross sector learning workshops across the 38 RCV member councils. These facilitated workshops deliberately bring together your cross-sector leaders from government, community, education and business to learn about social enterprise. Building social and economic capital simultaneously has been a key to community re-generation in the northern hemisphere.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE WORKSHOPS?
The ‘Understanding Social Enterprise’ learning workshops are a practical two-day program that introduces participants to the objectives, purpose, theories and practice of social enterprise. The outcome of the workshop is to get your cross-sector leaders on the same page about the potential of using social enterprise as a vehicle to support economic and community development. Importantly, at the same time, starting the journey towards developing an enabling environment to support the ideas of the next generation.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE WORKSHOPS?
Local community, business leaders, education leaders, councilors and cross departmental council staff (Community, Economic Development & Youth).

WHO DECIDES WHO SHOULD BE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WORKSHOPS?
Each council will decide on participants for the workshop with a maximum number of 25 people.

WHO COORDINATES AND FACILITATES THE WORKSHOPS?
ACRE will be responsible for facilitating the two-day program on behalf of RCV and will coordinate the registration process. Your council will be responsible for distributing invitations to the participants that you would like involved in the workshop.

WHEN WILL THE WORKSHOPS BE DELIVERED AND WHAT IS THE COST?
These workshops will be delivered over the next three years with eight workshops to be delivered across the State during 2017. The aim is to work with two member councils in each region in 2017 (more can be delivered if the demand is high). Delivery dates of workshops will be coordinated with ACRE staff and councils to ensure we meet their individual requirements. Each council will be required to contribute $1,000 and assist with the venue hire and catering.

HOW ARE COUNCILS CHOSEN?

The sessions can be organised for all RCV member councils. Participating Councils are chosen on a first-come-first serve basis. ACRE will work with Councils to select appropriate dates, suggest ideal participants and oversee the registration process. To secure your ideal dates it’s recommended that Councils contact ACRE as soon as possible.

HOW DO I EXPRESS INTEREST AND SIGN UP?
Contact ACRE directly:
(t) 0357 282 916
(e) info@acre.org.au

You can also contact the RCV Secretariat
(t) (02) 6071 5100
(e) secretariat@ruralcouncilsvictoria.org.au

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Understanding Social Enterprise Workshop Factsheet

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