Social enterprises are revenue generating businesses that use most of their profits to create social impact. They improve opportunities and access for disadvantaged groups within the community, apply and foster a culture of social responsibility and inclusion, and develop dynamic enterprises.
Social entrepreneurship plays an important role in building a sustainable and prosperous local economy.
The TWICH Women's Sewing Collective, Directors Touna and Abuk
What is Council doing to support social enterprises?
Council provides opportunities for social enterprises to maintain and increase the capability of social enterprises in Greater Dandenong through networking, learning from peers and high quality tailored workshops.
Greater Dandenong social enterprises participated in a number of programs and events. Below are examples of past programs supported by Council.
School for Social Enterprises (SSE)
In 2014, the School for Social Enterprises (SSE) delivered their best practice social enterprises Accelerator program to two local social enterprises. Greater Dandenong Council partly funded the program for Springvale Community Aid and Advise Bureau (SCAAB) and The Twich Community Association Women's Group.
Pilot Social Enterprises Mentoring Program
The City of Greater Dandenong Pilot Social Enterprises Mentoring Program was launched in 2013. It was jointly funded by Greater Dandenong Council and the then Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
The program engaged six local social enterprises over a period of 10 months and involved four group workshops and 10 one-on-one business mentoring sessions.
Read about the businesses involved in this program: