Based in Salford, England, Social adVentures is a social enterprise (and registered community benefit company) that centers on happiness and assisting locals in living healthily.
Of course, happiness and health are words that we use all the time, but what exactly do they mean? Social adVentures defines happiness "as enjoyment of a full and meaningful life" and health "as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being." And with over 10 years of experience, you know that they've seen some success.
Social adVentures uses three main initiatives to support its grand mission of happiness: The Angel Centre, Garden Needs and The Creative Media Centre. A range of courses are offered at these hubs like cooking, water sports, biking, media education and gardening. All of these programs are designed so that participators gain knowledge, improve their confidence and self-esteem, and of course, generally feel happy within their daily lives.
In true social business fashion, Social adVentures funds its innovative courses and entire program through income that comes from its own business initiatives. Since definitions can be so fluid (especially within the social enterprise realm), it is often beneficial to look at the definition(s) that the social business itself outlines.
For Social adVentures, a social enterprise is the following: "a business whose objectives are primarily social, and whose profits are reinvested back into its services or the community." And further, "With no financial commitments to shareholders or owners, social enterprises are free to use their surplus income to invest in their operations to make them as efficient and effective as possible."
It's through fun and engaging learning opportunities that Social adVentures leverages its social enterprise business methods to impact back to the community in a meaningful and fulfilling way.
Social adVentures website
The Angel Centre on Facebook
Healthy Happiness Hubs
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'Social adVentures' Supports the Community Through Enjoyment
Published: Dec 21, 2011 • References: socialadventures.org.uk