Social Media use in Social Enterprises

01274 234440

Dear Social Enterprise Employee

I am a PhD researcher Bradford University, inviting you to take part in a survey entitled “Knowledge sharing and social enterprises: the impact of social media on the creation of social value”.   The research aims to increase our understanding of the impact social media has in helping social enterprises deliver social provision and how the technology can be used to improve operations and social provision.

The survey relates to general social media use, takes approximately 12-15 minutes to complete and is for staff aware of the organisations social media use and how these relate to the organisations activities. 

The survey link is:

Your participation in the study is voluntary and will be treated in the strictest confidence. Your responses will be anonymised, however you can, if you wish, leave your email address if you would like a summary of the findings.  These may help inform your usage of social media and may also be useful in seeing how other social enterprises use social media to identify new provision opportunities. The data will be stored in a secure location with access restricted only to the researcher involved in the study and will be destroyed 36 months after the collection date.  The data and findings will be presented in an aggregated and anonymous form for publication purposes.

I would be grateful if you could complete the survey if you are in a position to do so, or pass it to someone in a more appropriate position in your social enterprise, if you are not.  If you have any questions or would like any further details, you can contact me on the following:

Email :,  Telephone: 01274 234440

Thank you very much for you time.




Gulrez Akhtar


Charity Sector Research


Your opportunity to have your say on leadership and reputation is the charitable sector.

There is a lack of research specifically for the charitable sector carried out at MBA level. Selina Wagstaff, an MBA programme member at Henley Business School, is seeking survey respondents to feed into her research on charity leadership and reputation. It takes just a few minutes and is completely anonymous. The link to the survey is:

Selina is happy to share her findings on completion and would like to say a big thank you for your help.


Charity Property Matters Survey 2018 - Your opinion on of the role of property in non-profit work


The Charity Property Matters Survey 2018 asks voluntary organisations in England and Wales about their property issues. By completing it you will be helping shape our sector’s understanding of the role of property in your work @EPF4charities


University of Bristol Study on Talking Therapies for Domestic Violence Survivors

07970 683 238

A group of researchers at the University of Bristol want to explore professional perspectives on talking therapies for women with post-traumatic stress disorder: specifically, interpersonal trauma such as domestic violence.


They would like to invite professionals who fund, manage or deliver psychological interventions to this population to participate in a one-off interview about their experiences and views. The interview can be arranged in person or over the telephone/Skype at a time and place convenient for you.  Travel expenses paid + £20 shopping voucher for your time.


The study is confidential so that you cannot be identified. Further details are on the enclosed Participant Information Sheet.


Your participation is entirely voluntary. If you are interested in taking part or finding out more, please contact the coMforT study team via:


Phone: 07970 683 238

Post: coMforT study, Canynge Hall, Bristol, BS8 2PS


Running the London Marathon for Brigstowe


Amanda is running the London Marathon for Brisgstowe, please follow this link: ( or copy and paste in to your browser) to 

i) hear from Deputy Mayor Cllr Asher Craig, why this grass roots organisation is so important to local communities many of which BAME women and

ii) to donate

Thank you for giving generously






Supported Lodgings Providers Required



Branchout Providers needed!

Branchout Supported Lodgings Scheme was developed in response to an identified need to provide an alternative type of accommodation to both Care Leavers and Vulnerable Young homeless people in Bristol.

These young people have often not had the life experience which would give them the knowledge and skills necessary to cope on their own. By renting a room to a young person and providing support you can help a young person gain these skills that will enable them to manage a tenancy successfully.

Branchout will offer the period of stability necessary for young people to acquire the right skills, build support networks in their local community and experiment safely with increasing freedom and changing status while still having involvement with, and support from an interested adult.


How does it work?

Branchout Providers rent a room in their home to a young person and give them the support, encouragement and guidance to develop the practical skills and confidence to manage a tenancy and live a successful adult life.  The young person renting the room becomes part of the household and shares the facilities.

Providers work in partnership with the young person, a support worker and the Branchout Coordinator to provide a programme of support that meets the young person’s individual needs.  Some will need help with practical tasks such as cooking, budgeting or shopping economically.  Others will need more emotional support.  Many will need both.  The idea is that the young person gradually takes on more responsibility for looking after themselves until they reach the point where they feel confident about their ability to manage tasks on their own.  Each lodging placement will be subject to a written license agreement between the Provider, the Lodger and the Support Worker, which includes the rights, responsibilities and expectations of all parties.


Providers do not have parental responsibility for, or charge and control of the young person.  However, the Provider is expected to take an interest in the young person's welfare and progress, reporting any concerns to the young person's support worker or Branchout Coordinator.


How long will the young person stay?

This will vary according to the needs and abilities of each young person and on an assessment of their readiness to move on to more independent accommodation.  For some this may be a few months, while others will require support for longer.  The maximum period a young person can stay with a Branchout Provider is two years.  (Branchout Lodgings are not intended as permanent accommodation.)  It should form part of a planned route for a young person toward independent living.  We aim to ensure that moving on from Branchout is a positive and planned process. 


Who can be a Provider?

We need people from all walks of life and from all kinds of cultural and ethnic backgrounds to become Providers.  After all, the young people also come from diverse backgrounds and it is important that this is reflected in the lodgings that are available.  As a Provider you could be:

A home owner or rent your house

  • Parents or Grandparents 
  • From any racial, cultural or ethnic background
  • Single – male or female, aged over 21
  • Couples of the same or different sex
  • In full time, part time work or retired
  • Running a household
  • A person with disabilities



Providers need:

  • A spare room

  • An understanding and respect for young people

  • An ability to interact with young people fairly, honestly, openly and objectively
  • A calm, relaxed and friendly attitude
  • A good sense of humour
  • An ability to work with Social Workers/ Personal Advisors as part of a team
  • To be able to keep information concerning a young person confidential
  • To believe in equalities of opportunity, regardless of difference
  • To be committed to ongoing training and development provided by the Department


If you think this could be you, we would love to hear from you.


Why become a Provider?

Supporting young people in this way is an exciting and rewarding experience in itself, but we will, of course, pay you for your services.  In return for providing accommodation and support to a young person, you will receive an allowance to cover rent and support. Depending on the young person’s age and circumstances this could include Local Housing Allowance from the benefits agency and a contribution from the young person to help with their budgeting skills.


Training and Support

In addition to a financial package, you will also be given regular training and support to help you learn about and deal with some of the issues facing young people leaving care or faced with homelessness.


Branchout recognises that training and support must be made available to Providers if they are to fulfil their role. 

Being a Provider may be challenging at times.  While you may have the support of family and friends, it is important to have access to professional support, too.  The Branchout Coordinator is responsible for supporting Providers and will be able to help you to identify and address your support and training needs.  The Coordinator will meet with you on a bi-monthly basis when a young person is resident with you. 




If you are interested in becoming a Branchout Lodgings Provider, please contact the Branchout Coordinator to arrange your first home visit.



Public Health campaign to boost bowel cancer screenings in Bristol


‘Bristol Public Health is currently trying to raise awareness of the importance of bowel cancer screening, which is a national programme for those aged between 60-74.  In Bristol the rates of return stand at around 54% which is below the national average.  We want to increase the number of bowel cancer screening kits (BOF kits) that are completed and returned and also want to promote the benefits of a healthier lifestyle in order to reduce the risks of developing bowel cancer.

Bowel cancer is the 4th most common cancer in the UK after breast, lung and prostate cancers and the risk increases with age,  if diagnosed and treated early more than 9 in 10 people will survive the disease for more than 5 years. 

Bristol Public Health has developed a very short presentation for your staff members to encourage your groups to take part in screening.

Screening really does save lives so if your staff would like some training, so please do not hesitate to email: 


Seeking Community Focus Group Participants


As part of a research project involving a number of universities in the South West, the Media and Criminal Justice Studies network is seeking volunteers to take part in a series of focus groups where we will be speaking to members of the community about the issues relating to filming and broadcasting court cases.


Since 2013 the government has allowed some amount of filming in appeal courts and they are currently considering expanding this permission to cover trial courts. In fact in the last few months a number of crown courts around the country have been part of a trial of filming sentencing remarks as they are delivered by judges. What we're really interested in here is what members of the community think about filming and broadcasting of trials and more particularly the way that it is currently done.


This is where the you could really help us out. The focus group session would last about an hour and a half and would take place in early November in Bristol. We would be looking at a selection of footage from a variety of courts and then discussing what people think of the way in which it has been filmed and how the court proceedings have been presented. Overall the sessions will be quite straightforward and we believe that anyone who choses to attend should find it informative and interesting. Refreshments will of course be provided.


As allowing filming in trial courts would be something that is carried out to inform the public, we believe that getting some sense of what the community thinks currently is essential and assistance of your members in this would be invaluable to us. Should you have any questions about the project or the focus group please do not hesitate to ask.


For additional information about the project and the network please see the following pages:


Do you have a baby due in October 2016?


I am a student on an MA course run by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and am studying early infant relational development. As part of this study, I am required to observe an infant in their ordinary family environment. I am interested to learn about and observe how an infant builds its first relationships, develops communication skills and forms attachments with its caregivers in normal development. If you have a baby due in October or early November 2016 and would be interested I considering being a part of this study, please contact me!




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