SoberLink’s Return on Investment – SROI

And another Exeter Social Enterprise makes the Guardian News today

Exeter based SoberLink features with an article on their experience of undertaking a Social Return on Investment (SROI) evaluation. SoberLink offers a recovery mentoring service for alcoholics at the end of detoxification and statutory treatment services in Exeter and East Devon.  To find out more about their experience check out their website.


Branding for ESENCE! 26 April

The next meeting of Exeter Social Enterprise and Co-operative Enterprises will be on the 26 April at Exeter Real Food Cafe between 5.30pm and 7pm.  We are lucky to have as our guest speaker for the first of this series of 3 meetings, Jonathan Alder, from Alder and Alder.

Jonathan is a Director at Alder and Alder. He specialises in working with ambitious organisations to help them achieve their goals and objectives. The secret to this is helping them to communicate better, and turn their passion into success. Jonathan helps organisations to communicate more effectively by making better use of their brand. Alder and Alder are currently working with a number of non-profit organisations, including Hospiscare and YouGen. At our event Jonathan will distil 22 years’ experience into 30 minutes, to help you understand your brand, and how to unlock its value.

If you are an Exeter based co-op or social enterprise and wish to attend please email Debbie as we need to know numbers.


Plymouth SEN Recruiting Business Administration Apprentice

The key purpose of this role will be to will provide administrative and communications support to the Network Coordinator. This role will carry out day to day administration and general support including compiling, writing and circulating newsletters and social media development. They will assist in the coordination of network events.

This post will offer a variety of challenging roles with considerable of potential for gaining wider experience and personal development.

Business Adminstration Apprentice

Working Week:  9am – 5pm 1 hour for lunch. This includes time for training

Weekly Wage:  £ 91.00

This role will be based at Devonport Guildhall

For an application pack please or further information about the post please contact Gareth Hart on 07786 863206 or


Get Growing Workshops from ECI

Get Growing is a series of practical hands-on workshops, designed to give would-be Exeter growers on low incomes the skills and confidence to create and care for a vegetable garden. Participants will also have the opportunity to join a group of volunteers maintaining Harvest’s allotment plots and growing food for themselves.

The sessions will follow the growing cycle as we plan, prepare, plant and care for our allotment. Each session will be led by an expert grower. Sessions are held on Saturdays from 10am – 3pm at Cowick Lane Allotments, and cost £5. Some free places are available; please enquire to find out if you are eligible by ringing Andi Tobe on

Tel: 01392 205800 Ex 212

Workshop 3: Starting From Seed
Saturday 17th March, 10.00am – 3.00pm
Tutor: Greg Towning
Early sowing and planting out techniques for successful food growing. We’ll have the opportunity to get some hands-on experience of sowing seeds and pricking out techniques, as well as learning about what to start when and much more.

Workshop 4: Caring for your Garden
Saturday 12th May
Tutor: Greg Towning
What to do about pests and diseases, taking care of your plants, maintaining soil fertility, keeping everything healthy and growing well.

Workshop 5: Harvesting and Feasting
21st July 2012
Tutors: Andi Tobe and Ellie Parker
Last but not least – enjoying the fruits of your labour! How to bring in the harvest, how to know when it’s ready, and most importantly – what to do with it when it’s picked. We’ll be picking, preparing and cooking our own produce on the allotment.


Exeter Community Initiatives is looking to recruit:-

Chief Executive (Ref: CE)

Full-time (37hrs per week) – £30,851 – £33,661 per annum (pay review pending)

Office & Admin Manager (Ref: OAM)

28 hrs per week – £24,646 – £27,052 per annum pro rata

For application packs visit ECI

Closing date for both posts: 12 noon on Wednesday 14th March


A new way of helping people, Project Petrock Cooperative CIC

Mat Tandy, Project Petrock, new Social enterprise and cooperative in Exeter
Mat Tandy with liveried van for Project Petrock

Instead of applying for grants to help homeless people find work, St Petrock’s have established ‘Project Petrock’, a social enterprise business that really helps homeless people back into work.

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Exeter Social Enterprise and Co-ops Gathering

We were chuffed to bits when 30 people from 20 Exeter based Co-ops, Social Enterprises and Charities joined us at Exeter Library’s Music Room (Great Venue) for shared food and debate on whether there is a need for a network to support the sector in the City. We looked at what those present would want from such a network in order to make it worth their while and how it might be set up an run.

Many of those who came along had benefited from Exeter City Council’s contract which has meant we have been able to offer free advice on starting up a social enterprise or a trading arm of a charity or for existing social enterprises how to expand, diversify and survive in the current climate.

The verdict was a resounding yes so watch this space for further news.