Rooted is a new practical guide to support social entrepreneurship in later life.
Created by Nesta in partnership with UnLtd, the Rooted guide provides clear, step-by-step practical advice and resources for people considering starting up their own social or community-run venture.
People retiring from the workplace often feel that their views are no longer heard, or that they have been placed on the scrap heap. However, we know that individuals want to continue to earn, learn and use their skills and expertise in new creative and enterprising ways.
That's why we have created this resource, to support people who have the passion and seed of a good idea, but are unsure where to start.
This free guide will help you clarify your thinking and communicate your ideas effectively, through: assessing your personal skills, knowledge and values; exploring the viability of the idea by defining what it is you want to do and why; then finally investigating how to ensure your idea becomes a sustainable social venture, rooted in your community.
The guide is available online and covers the following sections and topics. If you would like a complimentary paperback copy/copies posted to you, please do get in touch with your postal address, by emailing email@example.com or telephoning: 01382 229521.
Your Inspired Journey: Being an Agent of Change
Why a Social Venture?
Knowing Yourself: Skills, Likes and Concerns
Knowing Yourself: Values and Motivations
Defining Your Social Opportunity: What, Why, Who, How?
Exploring and Evaluating Your Ideas
Visioning and Testing Your Ideas
Embracing the Challenge: The Business of Social Business
Making It Happen
Basic Financial Planning
Maintaining Focus: Into the Future
How to Develop and Sustain Your Venture
What Type of Social Venture?
Over to You
Once you have worked through the guide you can read a further 15 extra supplementary sections on UnLtd's website, giving you extra support on your journey.
Rooted builds on the learning from two successful practical programmes in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Nesta's Age Unlimited Scotland programme in partnership with the Scottish Government, supported 27 novice older social entrepreneurs in their 50s and 60s to help turn their good ideas for improving their communities into a reality. Through group training, support, peer mentoring and micro finance, the programme reached and supported novice social innovators across Scotland to play a central role in the design, development and delivery of sustainable new community ventures.
UnLtd's Ignite programme has supported 120 people aged over 50 years, to start up and scale up social ventures in Northern Ireland. For more information on the support UnLtd provide, please visit: www.unltd.org.uk
If you have any questions, or would like extra copies of this resource, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about the Age Unlimited Scotland programme
This key findings report sets out the Age Unlimited Scotland programme objectives, learning, impacts and includes case studies of the innovators behind these ventures. If you would like hard copies of this report, please contact Scotland@nesta.org.uk.
Download the report