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Rooted: A Guide to Growing Your Own Social Venture

A new practical guide providing clear, step-by-step practical advice and resources to support social entrepreneurship in later life.

A new practical guide providing clear, step-by-step practical advice and resources to support social entrepreneurship in later life.

Key findings:

  • This free guide will help you clarify your thinking and communicate your ideas effectively
  • Assessing your personal skills, knowledge and values
  • Exploring the viability of the idea by defining what it is you want to do and why
  • Investigating how to ensure your idea becomes a sustainable social venture, rooted in your community.

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. 

 

If you would like a complimentary paperback copy/copies posted to you, please get in touch with your postal address, by emailing [email protected] or telephoning: 01382 229521.

 

Once you have worked through the guide you can read 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: [email protected]

 

Authors

Nesta and UnLtd