Introduction to the CATALYSE project

CATALYSE (Community Action to Activate Learning your Social Enterprise) is an adult education initiative designed to empower and equip social entrepreneurs with the skills and confidence to respond to community and business opportunity.

Latest European figures indicate that there are up to 160 million people who are members of social economy enterprises and social economy enterprises contribute to the EU’s employment, social cohesion, regional and rural development, environmental protection, consumer protection, agricultural, third countries development, and social security policies.

Social enterprises and the communities they reside in are challenged to invent, develop, and manage innovative solutions to address the most pressing societal issues faced. Social enterprise impact on critical social issues is critical: they are constantly trying to create jobs, tackle disadvantage and support community development. It is evident what commercial entrepreneurs contribute to economic development, however, the potential of entrepreneurship in the social sector remains largely underdeveloped.

CATALYSE has been formulated to assist existing and future entrepreneurs & adult learners in social enterprise with the capacity to sit within their own communities, large not-for-profit organisations such as charities and voluntary organisations making a further impact often in more than one area e.g. towns and rural areas.

Target participants of Catalyse are social entrepreneurs, future social entrepreneurs, social start-ups; adult learners, community workers unemployed, early school leavers, disadvantaged minorities and migrants; and many more!

The objectives of CATALYSE are to provide social enterprises, their communities and adult education with the resources that will help them add to the social and economic fabric of their communities by way of social impact, to assist existing and future entrepreneurs to gain the skills they need to support community development and develop new and existing innovative solutions to address the entrenched social and environmental challenges they face and to scale and replicate and to build healthier, competitive more inclusive communities.