Coming up on 25 January 2016 at 2.00pm Whale Arts, Edinburgh
EDINBURGH Social Enterprise Network (ESEN) has decided to add some social enterprise sparkle with its Live the Good Stuff campaign and help beat the January blues.
Mondays in January are a time in the calendar seen as difficult for people to find that extra sparkle, so a number of Edinburgh’s social enterprises are gearing up to focus on health and wellbeing activities to re-invigorate this seasonal lull – as Christmas cheer is over, time and money may be tight and motivation low.
On Monday 25 January at 2.00pm, Doogie Goodstuff, ESEN’s mascot is staging a mega doodle colouring in session at Whale Arts to help people deal with the Blue Monday Blues.
Live the Good Stuff is a campaign to promote Edinburgh’s many health and wellbeing social enterprises, one of which is MHScot Workplace Wellbeing which focuses on stress prevention and early mental health intervention in the workplace.
Commenting on the return to work and routine after a long festive break, Catherine Eadie, workplace Wellbeing consultant, said: “There are many combined factors that make those January Mondays a difficult prospect – everything from health issues, work and financial stress, childcare and caring concerns whilst fitting in some time to keep fit.
“Finding some tranquil time in the mix is very often the last thing to think about and applies to everyone whether they are working or not.”
Catherine added: “It takes time to work out the best plan of action but an easy step is to find a pastime that is simple to set up and a welcome distraction which can make all the difference whether it is walking, bird-watching, reading or creative colouring.
Linsay Chalmers, network coordinator at Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network, added: “We have a growing number of social enterprises in Edinburgh supporting people in the city to improve their physical and mental wellbeing, from pregnancy care through to stress management and healthy eating.”
There are over 200 social enterprises trading in Edinburgh, from cafes and retail, to creative industries and leisure – generating income and reinvesting their profits into the community for social or environmental benefits.
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‘Buy the Good Stuff’ is a call to action to the general public to consider how they shop around the city and can really make a difference by purchasing from social enterprises. Over 200 social enterprises are trading in Edinburgh, from cafes and retail, to creative industries and leisure generating income and reinvesting their profits into the community for social or environmental benefits. ‘Live the Good Stuff’ is the theme focussing on healthy activities and wellbeing.
Edinburgh was the first place in Scotland to run a marketing campaign to raise awareness of social enterprise shopping with branding designed by BOLD design agency for ‘Buy the Good Stuff’ appearing on the side of eight Lothian Buses. The Buy the Good Stuff campaign is supported by the City of Edinburgh Council and delivered by Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network.
Whale Arts www.whalearts.co.uk is a community arts organisation based in Wester Hailes in Edinburgh. Established in 1992, as part of the community regeneration process, in 2000 moved in to the purpose-built WHALE Arts Centre. WHALE Arts provides access to supported, professionally led arts activities for enjoyment, skills development and growth of individuals and the community.
What is social enterprise? Social enterprise is a way of doing business that benefits the community, society or the environment. Social enterprises must reinvest all of their profits into their social or environmental aims and many also achieve their aims through the way that they run their business, for example by employing people who might otherwise find it difficult to find a job.
Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network uses the criteria for social enterprise set out in the Social Enterprise Code (www.se-code.net). The most common legal models for social enterprises are: Companies Ltd by Guarantee, Companies Ltd by Guarantee with Charitable Status, Charities and Community Interest Companies (CICs).
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