The history of housing associations is rooted in supporting the most vulnerable in society. As their reach has expanded, the challenge has been to stay connected to the communities they serve. Social enterprise and entrepreneurship offers a route for housing associations to strengthen the relationship with these communities; creating new enterprises, providing jobs for the local community and helping housing associations deliver their services.
Metropolitan, The Young Foundation, and Olmec began working together in March 2012 to support migrant social entrepreneurs in London and Nottingham. We provided support to over 60 migrant social entrepreneurs and enterprises through two distinct programmes: First Steps in Social Enterprise and CLIMB (Community Level Investment for Migrant Businesses).
In this brief document, we share the lessons learned from our partnership programme.