Social edge programme to boost innovation in the voluntary sector

| 19th Nov 14

The Scottish Government has partnered with businesses and third sector bodies to create an innovation programme for Scotland’s voluntary sector, where charities can access funds and support to accelerate their enterprising ideas.

The Social EDGE is designed to create a more enterprising culture within charities. It creates an opportunity to ‘pitch’ for significant investment while developing ‘intrapreneurship’ – the enterprising skills people need while working within an organisation.  Social Edge will create a hub for innovation and accelerate the growth of projects and services to help important causes.

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth John Swinney said: “Through Scotland CAN DO we are working collectively across the public, private and third sectors towards becoming a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation. The Social EDGE is a first class example of a collaboration that combines the resources of Team Scotland for both the social and economic benefits of Scotland’s communities and is the very epitome of the CAN DO approach. I am delighted to see the voluntary sector grasping the challenge of Scotland CAN DO and look forward to seeing the positive outcomes that will no doubt flow from this endeavour.”

Speaking on behalf of the Scottish Grant-Making Trusts group, Kenneth Ferguson, Vice Convener said:  “Nimbleness and innovation within the voluntary sector is critically important and we must continue to fund great services against a backdrop of less resource in the voluntary and public sectors.   In the same way we strive for entrepreneurship in business, Third Sector organisations need inspiration and support to the grasp the opportunities that exist to bring about social change.  The Social EDGE programme will provide not only inspiration, but the practical skills and on-going support required to calculate and to cope confidently with risk-taking, in the name of service improvement.”

The details of the Social Edge programme and the investment available will be unveiled in the spring of 2015.