Support for Social Enterprise

COVID-19 Update on Supports

Social Enterprise Supports - we continue:

  • Working with 16 social enterprises across the County to develop continuity planning for the future
  •  Liaising with Pobal in relation to emerging needs and solutions to these needs
  • Supporting Social Enterprises that need to change their service provision in this time and adapt to new service provision
  • Maintaining ongoing contact with social enterprise groups and offering mentoring; guidance and advice in relation to staffing; HR; Finance and Governance during this time.

OLDC supports voluntary groups all across Offaly who are running, or who are thinking of setting up a social enterprise. A social nnterprise is a business run by a group of volunteers who charge for a product or service, where all traded income is reinvested in sustaining and developing the business, and where the product or service provided is a response to a local relevant social need. 

OLDC recognise the potential that social enterprises can offer, and across Offaly we have very successful, profitable, social enterprises managing services and facilities that are strengthening the local economy, supporting local jobs, giving vital training experiences, and providing varied opportunities at affordable prices in their local community. Examples include Birr Swimming Pool, Birr Theatre and Arts Centre, and Clara Swimming Pool. 

We support these enterprises, or any new communities considering creating an enterprise, at whatever stage they are at in this process. This involves providing relevant training and mentoring in these communities along the social enterprise journey from idea identification, through business planning, legal compliance, funding options, to ongoing corporate governance and daily operational structures. 
If your group has an idea or has identified a relevant need, please feel free to contact us to  discuss how we can help you on this journey

For further information contact:
Sarah Kennedy on 087-6312676.