The forum, held at Macclesfield Town Football Club, was initiated by Enterprising Macclesfield and Canalside the Thread to provide a forum and a voice for the many Social Enterprises and Charities in the Macclesfield area, creating an opportunity for participants to share best practice, work with other organisations and discuss action plans for the future.
Tim Shercliff, chairman of Enterprising Macclesfield, facilitated the discussion among the group and shared examples of how Enterprising Macclesfield can support social enterprises through a combination of coaching, access to Macclesfield based advisory partners and help with funding.
He said: “It is inspiring to hear the incredible work that these social enterprises are doing locally.”
“What we have learned through this event is that many of them are wrestling with similar challenges around recruiting volunteers, building awareness of their service, finding premises and funding their enterprise’’.
“By working together we are confident that Enterprising Macclesfield can address these challenges so they can focus on delivering valuable services to the local community”.
Nick Wright, from Canalside the Thread, addressed some of the issues raised the social enterprises on the night.
He said: “We are very fortunate in Macclesfield to have a community radio station and we are really keen to work with Charities and Social Enterprises to help give them a stronger voice, through the radio and our online channels we can raise awareness of their work and increase engagement with the Macclesfield community, that’s what we are here for”.
Macclesfield MP David Rutley is also supporting the event.
He said: “These organisations and their volunteers are doing great work which is making a real difference in our local community”.
“It is so important that these groups are supported and encouraged to continue and expand their services to reach more people. It is equally important that they are aware of the valuable support available to them and tap into it”.