Tree Shepherd’s Colin Crooks is going cycling around Northern Ireland this May to raise money for Save The Children’s work in Syria, a cause very close to his heart. Colin is very much looking forward to the ride, which will take in the following route:
Day 1 (Fri 3rd May): Knock to Bundoran – approx 60 miles
Day 2 (Sat 4th May) Bundoran to London/Derry – approx 85 miles (with quite a few hills)
Day 3 (Sun 5th May) London/Derry to Portstewart – approx 50 miles
Day 4 (Bank Holiday Mon 6th May) Portstewart to Ballycastle – approx 32 miles
Day 5 (Tues 7th May) Ballycastle to Belfast – approx 70 miles
If you would like to sponsor Colin or find out more about Save The Children’s work in Syria, click here to get to Colin’s Just Giving page.
“I’ve been inspired to pursue my ambition”
So said one student after the first day of Lambeth’s brand new “Start your own business” course. The course is being delivered by Colin Crooks of Tree Shepherd, a passionate and experienced social entrepreneur. Colin firmly believes that great business ideas can be found everywhere and that people from across the community have the potential to be entrepreneurial and do something that will benefit both them and their community.
The course is funded by Lambeth Adult Education Services and people from across the borough and from all walks of life came through the doors of High Trees Community Centre in Tulse Hill. Many are currently unemployed, more than half had not run a business before, and the age range spanned the generations.
Colin was delighted with the attendance. He said “I’m really pleased that so many people have come today and I’m especially pleased that the course has appealed to people from such varied backgrounds. I believe diversity, both of ideas and of experience, is the key to making a course like this successful. Without a high level of diversity it’s easy to make lazy assumptions about things like markets and motivation.”
And as people’s stories and ideas were revealed through the day the depth and breadth of the entrepreneurial spirit was startling – indeed one student, Rishin Paonaskar said “It was particularly uplifting to see people who initially seemed reserved and unsure of themselves open up and express some truly unique ideas by the end of the morning session.”
It’s early days yet but the down to earth teaching style seems to have struck a chord with the students – “It tells me how I need to focus” said one after the first day and another said “it provided the best way to start up and succeed.”
The Start up business course is now full but Colin is working on setting up new courses elsewhere in Lambeth – watch this space!
Free Green Enterprise Training for residents of Hounslow – 9th, 16th & 30th May 2013
Do you think you have what it takes to become a social entrepreneur?
Do you want to gain new skills while improving your community?
We are looking for creative individuals, groups and organisations to take part in an exciting new training programme focused on the recovery, reuse and sale of ‘waste’ materials with the aim of helping your community develop new skills, generate income and employment opportunity.
Through a series of specially designed training sessions participants will explore and develop social enterprises around either high value metals or textiles depending on your skills, preference and interest.
The training will help you to:
- Build and develop the skills, confidence and knowledge to set up, run and market your own community-based enterprise
- Target the recovery of ‘waste’ items effectively diverting them from landfill
- Generate income and employment opportunity in your local community
The three training sessions will be 9th, 16th and 30th May 2013, location TBC.
For more information or to register interest please contact Ben Hudson at LSx by phone on 020 7234 9405 or by email at email@example.com.
Places are limited so please get in touch as soon as possible if interested.
Please note this opportunity is available to Hounslow residents only.
This programme is being delivered by London Sustainability Exchange in partnership with London Community Resource Network and Tree Shepherd for the London Borough of Hounslow.
Do you want to start your own business?
Got an idea or something you love doing that you would like to develop?
Tree Shepherd has teamed up with High Trees Community Development Trust to offer a free course which will show you how.
You will work with experienced social entrepreneurs and learn about:
- business planning
- sales and marketing
- generating income
- people management
- protecting your business
The course will take place at:
St Martins Learning Centre, 220 Upper Tulse Hill, London SW2 2NS
We start on Wednesday 24th April and the course runs until Wednesday 26th June. There are no sessions on 8th May and 29th May.
Please note this opportunity is available to Lambeth residents only.
To find our more and to sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Alan on 020 8671 3132.
Creating Social Value: The Social Enterprise Case
Net Impact London Professional
Central London (venue tbc)
Wednesday 8th May 6:30pm
On Wednesday 8th May, Colin Crooks will be joined by Nick Temple of Social Enterprise UK and others to lead a roundtable discussion on the issues and challenges of getting social enterprises into corporate supply chains. We will be looking at the impact of the Social Value Act and initiatives such as SEUK’s Buy Social campaign.
The general admission price is £10, which includes a glass of wine, but if you email email@example.com letting her know you heard about the event through Tree Shepherd, you will get a £5 discount code!
Once you have the discount code, sign up here:
Watch this space for more details….
Brixton Green Employment Workshop
Lambeth Voluntary Centre
35 Brixton Station Road
7:00pm Tuesday 9th April
Tree Shepherd’s Colin Crooks will be one of the speakers tonight at a workshop hosted by Brixton Green and run by Social Life, a social enterprise which aims to work in partnership with the community to transform Somerleyton Road. This will be an action planning workshop on employment training and local businesses.
For more information about Brixton Green and the workshops, please visit www.brixtongreen.org.
And to attend this evening’s workshop, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Brad on 020 7183 5838.
There’s no sign of a let-up in the ‘How to Make a Million Jobs’ book tour! The book has received glowing reviews and its author, Colin Crooks, has been speaking to enthusiastic audiences up and down the country since the book was published last September.
Here are a few snippets from reviews of the book:
“Colin has crafted a compelling argument for a radical change in our approach to tackling long term worklessness.”
“Reading Colin’s new book has been inspiring.”
“This book honestly turned all my previous thinking about unemployment on its head.”
“Colin Crooks has truly gone to the coal face and found a very precious gem.”
Colin has been a social entrepreneur for many years and these events are a chance for him to share his experiences of the negative impact worklessness has on those unfortunate enough to find themselves unemployed for a long stretch of time, and the positive impact work has on those same people when it finally comes along.
Colin will be speaking as a guest of Save The Children this Thursday, 4th April, and he will be giving a masterclass at University of East Anglia’s London branch on 15th April. Guest speaker invitations are always welcome, so don’t hesitate to get in touch at email@example.com if you would like Colin to speak at your event!
And if you haven’t read the book yet, it is available to buy on Amazon.
Friends of West Norwood Library AGM
Saturday April 20th, 11:30am
Old Library, 16 Knights Hill SE27 0HY
Tree Shepherd’s Colin Crooks has been invited to be guest speaker at the upcoming Annual General Meeting of the Friends of West Norwood Library. Colin will be presenting key findings from his book ‘How to Make a Million Jobs: A Charter for Social Enterprise’ and will be leading a debate on how the issues of worklessness and deprivation can be tackled in the West Norwood area.
This event is open to all, regardless of whether you are a member of the Friends of West Norwood Library.
Come along and join the debate!
Tree Shepherd CEO Colin Crooks has been invited to give evidence at a city commission hearing on 23rd April 2013 assessing the ways in which cooperative approaches can help in ensuring everyone in Salford has the skills they need for creative, meaningful and rewarding work. The Salford Cooperative City Commission was set up by the City Mayor in August 2012, and the 23rd April hearing will focus on the issue of skills.
The Commission has decided to focus initially on three key issues:
(1) every household in Salford should have the opportunity to lower their energy costs and reduce their carbon emissions;
(2) everyone living in Salford should have the skills they need for creative, meaningful and rewarding work; and
(3) every family in Salford living with a long-term health condition should have maximum control to manage these conditions in partnership with health and social care professionals.
Colin will be there to share his experiences and views, and we will be sure to report back afterwards, so watch this space.
Colin Crooks – listening and learning
Last autumn, Tree Shepherd and the Guardian Social Enterprise Network launched a competition to find the best jobs creator in the UK. The quest was to find a social business that had developed innovative solutions to creating employment in challenging circumstances. The winner was the TABS training school, a small organisation with a tiny budget based in a run-down school in the heart of the Rhondda Valley in Wales, where the workless rate is above 22%.
Founder Paul Nagle outside TABS
TABS was set up by Paul Nagle in 2000, and Tree Shepherd CEO Colin Crooks visited TABS to see for himself how they have helped people to set up businesses and create employment.
In case you missed it, the full story, posted by Colin on the Guardian SEN website, is here.
Jess – excited by running her own business