Kennedy St CiO
Our mission is to make recovery visible, transformation accessible and relevant to everyone’s lives. Our purpose is to help those choosing recovery and transformation, to achieve their GREATEST potential.
Kennedy St CiO is a not for profit organisation based in Hove, but operating throughout East Sussex. It is open to anyone who is interested in any aspect of recovery; alcohol, drugs or any other addiction problem. We have developed a range of support networks to help individuals maintain their recovery, as well as organised community based opportunities such as: volunteering, enterprises, training and our successful Community Connections, which helps reduce the stigma attached to those affected by addiction.
Who is a social entrepreneur?
“A person who establishes an enterprise with the aim of solving social problems or effecting social change.”
Social enterprises are businesses that have a social or environmental mission and generate income through trading goods and services. Rather than profits going to shareholders, they reinvest their profits into furthering their mission. The Big Issue, the Eden Project, Jamie Oliver’s restaurant Fifteen and Divine Chocolate are all successful examples.
Our belief is that everyone can become a ‘Change Maker’; to shine their light on someone else’s path. For many of us, substance misuse and mental health issues have had a significant impact on our lives, others have been overwhelmed with life’s challenges.
Whatever road they have been walking down, ultimately, they have now decided to engage on a journey of recovery & transformation.
The Kennedy St CiO Community Connections programme
Kennedy St CiO is proud to present a carefully designed ‘Community Connections’ programme; a training programme for our future social entrepreneurs and a starting point for learning to live a bold, new life.
The programme helps individuals develop their ideas & plans into a sustainable social enterprise concept, with a clear vision for creating social impact.
Our learning framework does not require academic studies or essay writing; we believe in learning from people’s experiences.
Guest speaker social entrepreneurs will offer their own experience, guidance, discuss their reasons for choosing this career path, & the perks, pitfalls and gifts of becoming a ‘Change Maker’.
We also offer 1-2-1 coaching & mentoring through our network of support peers; experienced professionals who can guide attendees through their social enterprise start up journey.
- What it takes to get a social enterprise idea up and running, learn more about the various legal structures
- Find out how to make money and develop a business model
- Start work on a business plan
- Develop a vision, impact and purpose
- Develop presenting, pitching and leadership skills
- Build networks and understand the importance of networking
- Marketing the business and utilising social media effectively
- Manage personal mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing & work/life balance
Kennedy St’s 5-week rolling program dates, times and venue are to be confirmed via Eventbrite. To secure a place, advanced booking is essential.
The course is a transformational experience that will motivate, challenge and support attendees. It will ensure they have the confidence and skills to create the impact they’re aiming for.
It is imperative they are willing to engage with a journey of recovery & transformation and attend the course sober and substance free (if the course facilitators suspects any substance misuse or witness addictive, dysfunctional behaviours, then individuals will be asked to leave the program).
Please contact Clare Kennedy to secure a place on this program.