CommonHealth at the Gathering

Aberdeen Foyer: An Impact Journey

The CommonHealth Programme team will be hosting a seminar Gathering 2018.  The seminar will provide a brief overview of the CommonHealth project, a project designed to evaluate the impact of social enterprises on health creation and health inequality reduction.  Consisting of 8 smaller projects covering a five year period we will focus on project 6, Aberdeen Foyer.  With funding evaporating and competition increasing, the third sector are under pressure to continually increase and further evidence their impact for funders, stakeholders, the community and clients.  In such a diverse and ever changing sector, that is also limited on time and resource, how can we ensure that we are evidencing everything asked of us while keeping the process client centred, achieving our outcomes and standing apart to win the next bid?  This seminar looks at research that has been ongoing for over a year and will discuss one of the most effective ways of defining outcomes and indicators and discussing effective measurement processes.

To sign up for our seminar, please register via the link below:

Common Good First

Common Good First will create a digital network to identify, showcase and connect social innovation projects in South Africa to each other and to universities around the world for research, student engagement and learning and teaching.

The research project partners recently met in Cape Town for a workshop.  Further details are available via the link  below:

Cape Town workshop – December 2017

£2.2 million project will explore how access to work could support migrant integration across Europe

Professor Simone Baglioni will lead the Sirius preoject

Professor Simone Baglioni will lead the Sirius project

GCU is to lead a £2.2million Europe-wide project exploring how joining the labour market could help migrants, refugees and asylum applicants integrate in their new host countries.

GCU will coordinate the research of 11 universities and migrant-support networks in nine countries in the EU Horizon 2020 Research Programme-supported SIRIUS project. It is hoped the project will help shape international policy on supporting access to quality work opportunities and working conditions.

SIRIUS – Skills and Integration of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Applicants in European Labour markets – will explore how countries support or block integration through access to work and how joining the labour market could break down barriers, especially for women and young people.

The project will develop innovative tools such as a “serious game” to teach language skills and how to prepare for work – including job interviews, dress codes, gender and communication issues and workplace etiquette – as well as hosting a film festival and job fairs in Greece’s refugee centres.

The project is being led by GCU’s Professor Simone Baglioni. He said: “European countries need to devise a constructive, sustainable strategy to tackle migration and asylum issues. The SIRIUS project believes it is in all our interests to integrate and that the fastest way to achieve that is through work. If people are working they are not only contributing to the economy but they are free to become ordinary, if you like, so they are more willing and more able to become part of the community. We have to help people into work and also help employers and society make the most of the wealth of skills refugees can bring.

“We’d hope to build a framework for an inclusive integration agenda that European countries and the EU can use to ensure that migrant integration policies and workforce development, training and employment programmes support new arrivals’ access to decent work opportunities and working conditions. We’ll be focusing on seven countries that have a range of degrees of exposure to the recent migration and refugee crisis and different institutional and socio-economic contexts.”

GCU will lead the project with partners the University of Geneva, the University of Florence, Denmarks’ Roskilde University, Italy’s European University Institute, Charles University in Czech Republic, Solidar in Belgium, Greece’s Solidarity Now, Finland’s University of Jyväskylä, Technical University of Athens and Multikulturní centrum Praha in Czech Republic.


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From Charity to Social Enterprise: The Marketization of Social Care

A paper on ‘From Charity to Social Enterprise: The Marketization of Social Care’ by F Henderson, C Reilly, D Moyes and G Whittam has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research


Please see abstract below:

Purpose: In Scotland, the Self-Directed Support (SDS) legislation is a catch-all payment system which brings challenges to local authorities, service delivery organisations, and the service users it is intended to empower. Set against a backdrop of cuts to local authorities and third sector funding, this policy presents third sector organisations with both the opportunities and challenges of commercialising their activities to become more sustainable. This paper provides evidence of the challenges faced one charity as engages in a process of hybridity to accommodate changes in its funding due to the introduction of SDS.

Design/methodology/approach: This qualitative case study of one charity presents the experiences of a purposive sample of managers, staff and parents advocating for their children. The challenges of gathering data and giving a voice to parents advocating for children with complex needs are discussed.

Research limitations/implications (if applicable): This study used a small purposive sample of individuals who were prepared to talk about the challenges of SDS in one national Scottish charity.

Practical implications (if applicable): Organically arising barriers to organisational transition from charity to social enterprise are presented, as staff and caregivers react to the prospect of SDS uptake affecting their organisation. Proactive attempts to embrace a hybrid approach by the organisation, are analysed.

Social implications (if applicable): Understanding how social care organisations and clients are reacting to the implementation of individual payments is crucial as the sector faces very real prospects of established organisations failing  and the market becoming dominated by fewer providers delivering cheaper, lower quality social care. Therefore a policy based on choice for the consumer risks removing choice through a loss of appropriate services in the marketplace, leaving vulnerable populations at risk.

Originality/value:  This paper makes a unique contribution to the fields of social enterprise and social care as no other research has been done exploring the transition to hybridity of charities serving children with complex needs in anticipation of SDS creating an open market. The paper further provides evidence of underlying issues which need to be addressed if SDS is to become a successful policy transforming vulnerable individuals’ lives. The paper further identifies that a specific challenge facing hybrid organisations, not articulated in the current literature, is the need to maintain the support of existing clients through the transformation of the organisation.