We were at West Ham’s ground in east London on Tuesday afternoon for an event that saw 45 local older people come together to talk about their shared history of the club. Everyone there had some great stories to tell about squeezing under turnstiles to sneak in the chicken run, or how two great cup … Continue reading Footballing stories that keep us all connected
Posted: February 25, 2015
The Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) http://www.coast2capital.org.uk is one of 39 partnerships established across the UK by Government to determine regional economic priorities, while making investments and delivering activities to drive growth and job creation. The LEP is the holder of funds that can help stimulate local economies; therefore social value is an … Continue reading Social Value – a definition for Coast to Capital LEP
Today we hosted a table for some of Brighton’s elderly residents to celebrate Christmas with some good food and drink. It is part of our commitment as Future Proof to give something back to the communities in which we work. For some time now we have been working with Friends of the Elderly on their … Continue reading Introducing old to new – how society is about relationships
Posted: December 17, 2014
The role that sport can play in strengthening communities and supporting individuals is well documented. We’ve recently been working closely with Sussex County Cricket Club over the past couple of months as they produced and launched their new Cricket in the Community programme. We’ve helped them define a community programme that looks ahead to 2020. With … Continue reading Sport and the community
We’ve been watching with interest as the debate around CSR reporting has developed over the past few years. Especially as the new EU legislation approved earlier in the year brought this into a much sharper focus. What we found particularly interesting was the shift in thinking that this represents. Previously CSR has almost been exclusive to bigger business … Continue reading More than 500 employees? A CSR report could be closer than you think.
We were extremely excited to be at Downing Street last week for the launch of Friends of the Elderly’s Be a Friend campaign. Through Be a Friend they want to change the future of loneliness. Already in the UK around 5 million older people live with frequent feelings of loneliness – this figure will increase by 40% by 2030. Loneliness … Continue reading #beafriendtoday launches at Downing Street
We’ve been hearing lots about the recent ‘Social Saturday’ concept. As a social enterprise ourselves it’s a topic close to our hearts. The trouble is we can’t decide if the idea of Social Saturday is helpful or not? Over the past couple of years we’ve been constantly trying to show that a social enterprise isn’t … Continue reading Social Saturday – harmful or beneficial to social enterpise?
Posted: September 18, 2014
There is currently a renewed focus on understanding the needs of the elderly and how society can respond to these needs. In 2007 the World Health Organisation (WHO) published a checklist of the criteria that make up an ‘age friendly city’, almost as a list of aspirations that society could respond to. Taking a snapshot … Continue reading Age is more than just a number – social issues affecting the elderly
Posted: September 15, 2014
BSUH is soon to begin its substantial development programme which will seal the hospital’s position as a major provider of quality health care. The benefits this £460m+ programme will be felt in Brighton and across the entire region; this is a good thing. With the significant mixed-use development going ahead in Brighton Marina it all … Continue reading BSUH – strengthening the community commitments?
There is a new term floating around the development community and this word is resilience. It seems to have found definition in the recent (and on-going) floods; building resilient communities, creating resilient systems, structural resilience in our infrastructure. And as resilience raises its profile in the rhetorical lexicon of our politicians it seems that its … Continue reading Resilience – what is it all about?
Posted: February 17, 2014