Social enterprise

Social Enterprise
Through your activities on the Fruit Full Communities project, you may spot an opportunity to create a social enterprise. Here is an introduction to social enterprise, some initial guidance and tips to help you explore the idea, and links to support and resources.

For YMCA sites in the Fruit Full Communities project
You may want to carry on the fruit tree based activities as a project rather than an independent social enterprise.

If establishing an enterprise, will it be a wholly owned subsidiary or do you want to support others to create an independent enterprise that you can partner with or co-create an enterprise that you play a part in as one of a number of participants?

For individuals involved in the Fruit Full Communities project
Do you want to establish a business or get a job working for someone else?
Do you want to establish a business that will share the benefits and responsibilities with other people or establish a private business for your sole benefit/carry on as a sole trader?

Click here to learn about social enterprise.


How to host a community event at YMCA/Foyer sites on and offsite locations

Hosting events at YMCA and Foyer centres can pose a variety of challenges as can organising events off site and in the community.  In this helpful resource, The Orchard Project shares its wide experience and offers top tips for budgeting, health & safety, promotion etc to help your event go smoothly.

The resource features an example risk assessment for an orchard apple day - very popular in the autumn months.

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How to get the local community involved in your event

By making your orchard accessible and welcoming to others by coordinating seasonal events, you will help to ensure its long term sustainability; the more people invested in the space, the more chance the orchard will be cared for and valued for the long term.

This resource is packed with useful & fun suggestions from FFC partner The Orchard Project who have huge experience in community participation.  From wassailing to summer picnics, there are plenty of ideas to get your event going!

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Case study Year 2: Supporting young people in their YMCA community

A case study that highlights the support given to a bereaved young couple during the development of an orchard at YMCA North Staffordshire.  Hard work and community spirit helped to alleviate the sense of loss felt by all connected to YMCANS.

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London Orchard Project - Fruit in Motion

Watch the London Orchard Project's new video, documenting their work to promote orchards and fruit trees across the city. Working with Londoners to plant and harvest apple, pear and plum trees, the video provides inspiration for helping us all to rediscover the pleasure of eating home-grown fruit.

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