Social Enterprise

Creating and Maintaining Social Enterprises

Social enterprise is a key element in community regeneration. At its heart social enterprise is a sustainable enterprise. The social aspect, the community, is balanced with environmental and economic considerations. In order for their to be growth and regeneration all three elements of the sustainability model need to be in balance with each other. Christian entrepreneurship addresses this model and seeks to develop businesses within the community that provide more than just a service for a fee.

Social Enterprise is more readily associated with international projects such as Christian Aid in Bangladesh. Social enterprise is designed to offer long term positive solutions and to benefit the poorest members of society from a grassroots level. Material growth means that entrepreneurial development is the only way for charities to exist in the modern world. Eden Softplay is a social enterprise that caters to a need for families to have space for their toddlers recreation as well as access to reasonably priced meals.

Joining The War On Waste – Super Kitchen!

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In the last 2 years, since Eden Softplay opened in November 2013, we have always had our eye on the waste we produce. We’ve tried to do our bit, rising above the industry norms. We steer clear of disposable cups and plates, for a while we had chickens to eat the food left on plates (currently looking for a new outlet), we created two sizes for child meals to reduce food wasted (and money spent!), to name a few of our efforts.

It seems that the system of how we all get our food is broken though. Recently, there has been a lot of coverage in the media about the amount of food wasted by supermarkets. Apparently whenever a supermarket receives a stock delivery, a portion of that like likely to go straight into landfill! Even though it’s fresh from the suppliers! Crazy! France has responded by introducing a law that orders supermarkets to find a charitable output for this waste, so what about England?

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Our Story – Why We Set Up

Well this is our blog, up and running, in the hope that we can communicate a little bit about what Eden Soft Play is about, what we’re doing and why. This explanation is important because we aren’t just a Soft Play Café; we’re also a social enterprise, working for the good of the people of Nottingham.

Our first three blog posts are about the story of our family café, why we started, how it’s gone so far and the challenges we face as a charitable business.

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