Visit to Finland 6th - 9th September 2010


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Slides for report on visit to Syfo Helsinki, Finland September 2010 by COSMIC, RISE and SEM Co

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Visit to Finland 6th - 9th September 2010

  1. 2. <ul><li>SOCIAL ENTERPRISE LEADERSHIP PARTNERSHIP (SELP) </li></ul><ul><li>COSMIC – Pioneer Programme - Lively Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>RISE – Social Enterprise Mark </li></ul><ul><li>CEMVO – BME engagement & training, technical input </li></ul><ul><li>SEW – benchmarking and technical input </li></ul><ul><li>SYFO – transnational partner (Finland social enterprise) </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>Visit objectives – </li></ul><ul><li>S hare learning from Pioneer and Lively leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Develop proposal for Social Enterprise Mark to be licensed for use in Finland </li></ul><ul><li>Meet with potential future partners in taking transnational links further - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SYFO </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helsinki Metropolitan Entrepreneurs Academy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helsinki University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ASPA Housing Services Foundation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helsinki Deaconess Institute </li></ul></ul>
  3. 6. <ul><li>SYFO </li></ul><ul><li>The Forum for Social Entrepreneurship </li></ul><ul><li>“ Promotes growth in the number of social enterprises and their success in Finland. SYFo consists of experts from business and industry, organisational activity, research and social policy who have joined forces to support social entrepreneurship in Finland” </li></ul><ul><li>Jaana Merenmies </li></ul><ul><li>Elina Vanhapiha </li></ul>
  4. 7. <ul><li>SYFo’s mission to improve working life and to build a bridge between social and economic life 
SYFo’s vision </li></ul><ul><li>as many disabled and long-term unemployed people as possible will find jobs and integrate into working life </li></ul><ul><li>all companies will be better able to employ disabled and long-term unemployed people </li></ul><ul><li>the size of the workforce in the labour market will grow – a social enterprise is one means </li></ul><ul><li>Finland will have more social enterprises – a social enterprise is a feasible option for an increasing the number of entrepreneurs or for those planning to become entrepreneurs </li></ul><ul><li>when choosing between two equally good products or services, an increasing number of customers will opt for the one produced by a social enterprise. </li></ul>
  5. 10. <ul><li>Helsinki Metropolitan Entrepreneurship Academy </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>COSMIC and my involvement </li></ul><ul><li>D evelopment of social objectives alongside business objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership and social enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>Workshop – COSMIC for Finland? </li></ul><ul><li>Social Enterprise Mark </li></ul>
  6. 16. <ul><li>Context of social enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>Population 5 million (1 million living in and around Helsinki) </li></ul><ul><li>High taxes and high levels of public sector involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Low levels of charity/charitable organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Broad acceptance of good business alongside social objectives </li></ul><ul><li>G overnment Supports - Social Enterprise but specifically - work-integration, social employment, 30% staff difficult to employ, wage support </li></ul>
  7. 17. <ul><li>Context of digital inclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Finnish government legislation making broadband connection a legal right (1 Mb) </li></ul><ul><li>Fibre network ( 100Mb) to 99% of people by end of 2015 </li></ul><ul><li>Large rural areas (forests, lakes, daylight, cold) </li></ul><ul><li>Developing focus on ICT business and universities – especially around cities of Helsinki, Turku, Oulu & Jyväskylä </li></ul><ul><li>Ageing population especially in rural areas – need to help grow confidence and skills for communication and inclusion </li></ul>
  8. 18. <ul><li>ASPA – Housing Services Foundation, Vesa Salmi </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>ASPA Housing Services Foundation was founded in 1995 by 13 organisations for the disabled. The foundation is national in scope and also engages in international co-operation. </li></ul><ul><li>The mission of the foundation is to promote opportunities for disabled persons and recovering mental health patients to lead independent lives in ordinary living environments. </li></ul>
  9. 20. <ul><li>ASPA – </li></ul><ul><li>A cquires housing units in two different ways: by purchasing existing ones and by commissioning new housing.  The apartments are rented to persons with disabilities and recovering mental health patients who need assisted living services </li></ul><ul><li>Applies annually for funds from the Finnish Slot Machine Association to aid with purchase of housing </li></ul><ul><li>Developing new quality standard for use by members – keen to know how this could work alongside Social Enterprise Mark </li></ul>
  10. 28. <ul><li>Helsinki University </li></ul><ul><li>Wider programme development in social enterprise and leadership linked to a multi-disciplinary programme – to include social entrepreneurship and leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Keen to link to Plymouth University – academic & research </li></ul><ul><li>Need to establish better contacts and take discussions forwards </li></ul><ul><li>Heli Kaatrakoski, Leena Käyhkö CRADLE, Center for Research on Activity, Development, and Learning, Institute of Behavioural Sciences </li></ul>
  11. 29. <ul><li>Helsinki Deaconess Institute </li></ul><ul><li>Riitta-Leena Rossi, Chief Executive </li></ul><ul><li>Founded 1867 – Aurora Karamzin </li></ul><ul><li>A ‘Social Group’ </li></ul><ul><li>Mission – the right to be a human being for everyone </li></ul><ul><li>Christian ethics – Church on site </li></ul><ul><li>Turnover 2009 – EUR 116 million </li></ul><ul><li>Full-time staff 1,600 </li></ul><ul><li>Services - h ealth, care, social housing, education, real estate </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual Care and Counselling </li></ul>
  12. 33. Social Enterprise Mark <ul><li>Agreement in principle for license to Syfo </li></ul><ul><li>Ministerial interest and involvement through Syfo </li></ul><ul><li>Need for immediate assistance with legal, translation and financial </li></ul><ul><li>4 immediate (Champion) applications for SEM including Syfo </li></ul><ul><li>Potential to link SEM holders in UK with Finland – mentoring, learning, exchanges </li></ul><ul><li>Decisions about national requirements and support needed </li></ul>