Integration for social enterprise

Posted on April 17, 2009. Filed under: Social enterprise | Tags: , |

Care Services Improvement Partnership

Foreword

Social enterprise together with personalisation, integration and choice are concepts being embraced and implemented ever more widely. Many community groups, as well as offering flexibility and diversity in provision, will be uniquely placed to better support the hard-to-engage and disadvantaged groups within a community.

As this briefing notes: ‘Where there is personalisation there must be diversity of provision to support choice. Where there is choice and a mixed economy of provision it is important to obtain efficient practice.’

It goes on to illustrate that markets can challenge inefficiency – but the ‘m’ word raises fears of commercialisation and profit in services funded by the taxpayer for some of society’s most vulnerable people.

A community business that reinvests its surplus largely or entirely back into the business (and therefore the community) overcomes many such qualms. 

This briefing provides valuable insight into the various forms of social enterprise that public bodies and community groups can consider – and the many issues and challenges they must analyse and resolve before going down this route.

Julia Thompson

Network Manager

Integrated Care Network

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