Social Enterprise Champions
The HCT Social Enterprise Champions Programme began in 2011. The Champions are HCT Group staff from across the organisation – they could be drivers, passenger assistants or administrators. Their role is to help their colleagues learn about social enterprise and why it’s a good idea.
In April 2015, HCT Group launched our 3rd programme and over the course of several months, took thirteen frontline staff to Bristol and Leeds where they visited groups supported by HCT and Social Enterprises with interesting ideas or approaches.
In Bristol, they visited the Severn Project, a social enterprise urban farm, Young Bristol, National Trust property Tyntesfield Estate, and finally the South Asian Daycare Centre, one of BCT’s longest running partners.
In Leeds, they visited a local day care centre Caring Together, debated waste and hunger with a radical food enterprise The Real Junk Food Project, found how Social Enterprise can help the homeless at Emmaus and experienced travel training with HCT's own Independent Travel Trainers.
In London, the Champions visited Hackney City Farm offering an amazing range of services and the Aquatics Centre and CopperBox Arena at the QEP to understand scaling and how social enterprise has a role in the Olympic legacy. Finally, they attended the HCT Social Impact report launch and shared their thoughts and ideas from the Champions programme.
The 2015 Social Enterprise Champions, from back to front
Back row: Georgi Monev (Guernsey), Tony Trimby, Mo Saddique (both Bristol), Jon Cawthray (Leeds), Peter Herridge and Sam O’Neill (both Jersey).
Front row: Ferhin Master (Ash Grove), Enkh Sergelen (Brixton), Tracey Vickers (HCT Chief Executive’s team), Rakshaben Thakore (Ash Grove), Martin McKinney (Leeds), Viktor Onakah (Ash Grove) and Cheryl Paul (Brixton).
Khizar Iqbal (Wakefield) and Ronnie Hughes (group leader) not shown.