Social and community enterprise
The OpenFields library holds resources about social and community enterprise and its growing part in the land-based business sector.
Social enterprise often enables businesses to add value to their activities through, for example, marketing co-operatives and farmers markets. They may also promote enterprise creation and diversification by running managed workspaces, providing training or creating new sources of finance through community development finance institutions.
Some rural social enterprises respond to decreases in local service provision and causes of rural social exclusion, for example community transport schemes, community-owned village shops, home care for the elderly, childcare or housing.
There are also examples of social enterprises that help to increase IT knowledge and use, arts access or education and training provision. Yet others create jobs for socially excluded people, whether the long-term unemployed or people with disabilities and mental health problems.
They are, therefore, a key part of long-term solutions to inclusive economic development in rural areas.
OpenFields brings together authoritative social and community enterprise information from universities, colleges and the industry.
A sample of Items held in the Social and community enterprise category
- 1646: Farm ecobuild
- 1660: Illegal diversification in the farming community?
- Rural female entrepreneurs: rational choices and socio-economic development
- 1555: Rural young people – education, employment and training
- The Rural Review of Public Services
- Get Your Hands Dirty - Information sheet: Funding and fundraising
- 1371: Collaborative and Innovative Delivery of Rural Services
- 1734: Neighbourhood planning experience
- 1199: Big Society and enhancing our natural value
- Care farming – practice and future
There are currently no subcategories in the Social and community enterprise section.
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The OpenFields Library is a free online library contains items of interest to practitioners and researchers in the agricultural and landbased industries.