Double your Money!

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6th May 2015

Corporate social responsibility and social enterprise are often seen as different ends of a spectrum – ranging from what the good corporations can do alongside their business to the impact at the core of social enterprises’ trading activities. But what if you could double your money? Getting more for your investment is always seen as a good thing – work with Calman Trust and see this happen for your organisation.

Calman Trust is busy building businesses that can support their training and charitable activitites with young people, both by providing opportunities for them and by generating income. We do this because we see these young people as future contributors to society rather than numbers to be “got into work or full time education”.

Our businesses can provide services to your organisation – when you use our Artysans’ catering for your event you get CSR benefits with no extra cost to your organisation. We have the ability to make bespoke promotional goods locally enabling you to be part of the creative process and the community. Then Ness Soaps can provide you with environmentally friendly soap products – in a way you can “wash” your brand with great impact in supporting young people and the environment. Finally Café Artysans is well positioned for a meal or quick coffee in the town centre. All these services help Calman Trust help young people and do not cost you extra budget – leaving the corporate social responsibility money to be used in other ways. Perhaps sponsoring a “Top Apprentice” award at Calman?

As a business based in the Highlands, your organisation cares about the strength of the local community. A stronger community provides you with better employees, more customers and future business. Working with Calman Trust enables you to build a stronger community and get a great return on your budget without spending extra.

See what is right, not what is wrong

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27th April 2015

Often visitors to our organisation ask what is wrong with the young people we work with. What an upside down view! We see each person as able to actively contribute to our society and make a difference – we genuinely believe community is about being better together.

 

As a social enterprise, it is easy to be dismissed as having a “fluffy” view of the world but Calman Trust operates in a very unfluffy space. In order to survive our organisation needs to be commercially rigorous and we need to constantly balance this with ensuring that our work with young people is core to our business.

 

We believe that the focus on moving young people off benefits is missing the point. What is much more important is that the capability and enthusiasm of young people in the Highlands should not be wasted but that they become active contributors to society. If they simply sit and do nothing there is a cost to society that is more than the cost of benefits, it is the cost of lost opportunities for everyone.

 

It is important to support young people because the whole community is stronger when everyone participates. There is a benefit to everybody to utllise the entire resource of the community.

 

Practically we don’t just provide training for the young people we work with. We help them learn how to work, we give them real work experiences and we support them to become able to live independently. We see all their fabulous skills and potential, not what is wrong with them.