Case Studies

Health & Social Care Sector

Case Study Date: 19/05/2006

Overview: The study focuses on the health and social care sector by examining two social economy organisations, the Praxis Care Group and the Community Development Health Network.

West Belfast/Greater Shankill Job Assist Programme

Case Study Date: 19/05/2006

Overview: The Job Assist programme is a pilot project and is delivered in West Belfast and Greater Shankill by social economy organisations. It is one of a number of targeted initiatives aimed at enabling the long term unemployed and economically inactive in receipt of incapacity benefit and income support to become economically active and move into employment.

Whiterock Children’s Centre

Case Study Date: 19/05/2006

Overview: The Whiterock Children’s Centre (WCC) was established in 1988 in conjunction with the Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education (BIFHE) to provide a childcare service for students attending the city’s various institutions. The childcare component of the WCC is the organisation’s anchor project and has a highly visible presence in the local area of Whiterock and Upper Springfield and in West Belfast generally as a key childcare provider.

John Lewis Partnership

Case Study Date: 24/08/2005

Overview: The John Lewis Partnership is one of the UK’s top ten retail businesses with 27 John Lewis department stores and 167 Waitrose supermarkets. It is also the country’s largest example of worker co-ownership. All 63,000 permanent staff are Partners in the business. The commitment of Partners to the business is a unique source of competitive advantage which has fuelled 75 years of profitable growth and a reputation amongst customers and suppliers unparalleled in the UK retail industry. The Partnership plans to open its first store in Northern Ireland in the near future.

Advance Ards

Case Study Date: 16/06/2005

Overview: In 2003, Ards Business Centre Ltd received funding from Ards Local Strategy Partnership to deliver a social economy enterprise programme within the Ards Borough Council Area. Advance Ards is actively building the social economy in Ards through the development of an enterprise culture within local and community groups. Here we profile PACT and Play A Way, two of Advance Ards success stories.

Churchtown Community Association

Case Study Date: 14/04/2005

Overview: Churchtown Community Association was established in 1986 with the primary aim of improving and updating the quality of life of disadvantaged groups in the Castlederg Community, namely, the elderly, disabled, women, single parents, youth and the long term unemployed. The association since is formation has established a commendable reputation for its involvement in, and the delivery of, a wide range of activities which have not only benefited those disadvantaged members of the local community but has also provided employment and valuable work experience to a substantial cross section of its target groups.

Community Evaluation Northern Ireland (CENI)

Case Study Date: 14/01/2005

Overview: CENI is an independent not for profit organisation providing a range of evaluation services to the voluntary, community and statutory sectors. CENI’s mission is to enhance the effectiveness of the voluntary and community sector through a better understanding and use of evaluation.

Footprints Women’s Centre

Case Study Date: 25/11/2004

Overview: Footprints Women’s Centre was first established in 1991. The centre was set up in Poleglass to take care of the needs of women who had moved from inner Belfast to the outskirts of the city in search of a better lifestyle. The geographical area is characterised by big housing estates, poor social infrastructure and few resources. The women’s centre was set up to draw those women together and to give them a place of contact.

Triodos Bank

Case Study Date: 16/11/2004

Overview: Triodos Bank is a different kind of bank, which exists to support organisations that benefit people and the environment – from social enterprises to sustainable energy.

Bryson House Recycling Ltd

Case Study Date: 01/09/2004

Overview: Bryson House Recycling Ltd is a joint venture between the trading arm of the Belfast based charity Bryson House and the London based social enterprises ECT. The company provides jerbside recycling services and collection services to schools and businesses in the Belfast area.

Oaklee Housing Association

Case Study Date: 09/07/2004

Overview: Social Housing Provider to over 3,500 tenants and community role through schemes

NPO Community Support Centre

Case Study Date: 04/07/2004

Overview: NPO (Non-profit Organisation) Community Support Centre is a social economy organisation providing financial, training, consultancy and administrative support to social economy enterprises and community & voluntary organisations in Hokkaido Japan.

Scrabo Catering Enterprises

Case Study Date: 21/05/2004

Overview: Scrabo Catering Enterprises was established in January 1999 to develop a community business, which would provide employment and training opportunities for marginalized social groups including people with mental ill health and learning disability. In June 2000 it opened Daisies, café/catering establishment located in the Old Ards Hospital Site. The business provides a café service for patients, workers and visitors to the hospital, as well as to the general public.

Acceptable Enterprises

Case Study Date: 20/05/2004

Overview: AEL offer a comprehensive range of print finish operations including machine shrink-wrapping, manual banding, labelling, stringing and folding. The company packs individual items and specified packs for the DIY, aerospace, and medical and other industries and provides a mail shot/mail merge service. They have completed contracts on behalf of garden centres, auction houses and the travel industry.

Creggan Enterprises Limited

Case Study Date: 20/05/2004

Overview: Creggan Enterprises Limited in partnership with the International Fund for Ireland (IFI) and the Department of the Environment (DoE) has developed the £3.2m Ráth Mór Centre, £340,000 Community Service Units and an £800,000 Enterprise Park providing employment for the Social Economy Enterprise itself while also creating opportunities for employment in retail, manufacturing, IT and community services for the area. CEL also helped secure a further £3m to develop a new sheltered housing scheme in partnership with North and West Housing, another successful local Social Economy Enterprise.

Guildhall Press

Case Study Date: 20/05/2004

Overview: Guildhall Press has been operating as a community business since June 1999 and offers the following services: book publishing; graphic design, internet/web development; photographic archive/agency which provides photographs for publication and academic/research purposes; desk top publishing and computer consultancy service, utilising existing equipment and contacts to produce a wide range of printed materials for local businesses and community groups; a freelance employment register of workers with related skills such as designers, photographers, copy-editors etc and a research utility/news agency to provide a local contact and information source for visiting media.