More and more consumers and businesses are looking for ways in which they can do good in their community, and for society as a whole. There have been a growing number of social enterprises popping up all over the country, and now some of the best in Wales have been recognised.
The Social Business Wales Awards provide recognition for the social benefits these types of businesses and cooperatives have. Some of those honoured at the ceremony at the end of September were from North Wales, Welsh Business News reported.
Splash Community Trust was one of the big winners on the night. The Wrexham-based community leisure centre received the Welsh Social Enterprise of the Year award.
The news provider noted that due to the trust’s work “the thriving centre has improved the health of local residents, and created over 40 jobs and training opportunities in one of the most deprived areas of North Wales”.
Splash Community Trust was established in 2014 after the local council announced that it was closing the local pool and leisure centre. They succeeded in gaining support in the community and have reopened the centre and made it into a thriving community hub.
The other North Wales organisation to pick up an award at this year’s event was Antur Waunfawr. It won the Health and Social Care social enterprise of the year category, because of its work providing work and training opportunities for adults with learning disabilities.
Services manager at the organisation Stephen Goodwin commented: “The regular programme of activities has really made a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of the individuals.”
He added that they are looking forward to starting a new project at Porth yr Aur, Caernarfon to build on their work.
For the winners, there’s another opportunity to receive even wider recognition, as they will now go forward into the UK Social Business Awards, with the ceremony for this being held in London in November, Welsh Business News explained.
Speaking to the news provider, Wales Co-Operative Centre CEO Derek Walker said that the calibre of the entrants this year had been very high.
“A lot of the categories were very competitive and judges had a challenge choosing the winners. The social impact made by these businesses is outstanding,” he asserted.
There are plenty of opportunities to support any social enterprises in your local area. Wales Co-Operative Centre is running a campaign in October that’s designed to get more people to do exactly this.
Named Social Saturday, it’s encouraging people to take a look at what’s going on in their area and to find out more about their local social enterprises, which will be running events and opening their doors to raise awareness of their activities.
This is all due to take place on Saturday 13 October, so it’s worth taking a look at what will be happening in your town - or if you’re already involved in a social enterprise, now is the time to think about how you can get involved in the Social Saturday campaign.
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