iSE | SocEnt Safari and #SEWF2018 Announcement

Our Birmingham ‘Social Enterprise Safari’ on Monday 10th September 2018 is the perfect social enterprise stop-off on your way to the Social Enterprise World Forum 2018, taking place in Edinburgh between 12th and 14th September 2018.

The Social Enterprise Safari will be BY FOOT and begin at iSE, Avoca Court, 23 Moseley Road, Digbeth, Birmingham B12 0HJ, from 11.00am until 2.30pm and will include lunch.

Our morning will begin with a welcome and introductions at iSE in the Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter (DSEQ) – a nationally recognised Social Enterprise Place with over 70 social enterprises within a square mile.

From there we will walk to The Arches Project an amazing social enterprise working to support creative industries in Birmingham through arts and crafts sales, exhibition space and workshops and an online shop.

Our second visit will be to Changes UK, a large social enterprise providing support for former addicts that uses a range of social entrepreneurial approaches to fund its activities.

Pat Benson Boxing Academy is our third visit gives the group an interesting opportunity to hear about how the club has developed social enterprise solutions to business growth and development.

From there we will visit The Custard Factory to meet Citizen Coaching CIC and hear about its plethora of social businesses and their approach to business growth and social value.

We will then make our way to lunch made at an urban coffee shop called Evolve, located at an iconic music venue (previously home to Black Sabbath and other famous Birmingham bands). Evolve will also provide us with an ethically sourced packed lunch and there we will be joined by other local social enterprises based in the DSEQ.

Click icon white spaceTo take part in the Social Enterprise Safari, please book your place here.

Ticket price: £60 plus VAT.

A bit more about the #SocEnt Safari

The venue is a short 7 minute bus/taxi journey or a 20 minute walk from Birmingham New Street Station. We have checked that there is a direct line between London Euston Station and Edinburgh stopping at Birmingham New Street and at no extra cost its possible to stop in Birmingham New Street and get back on the train to Edinburgh if you state you are travelling via Birmingham New Street.

The Arches Project 2THE ARCHES PROJECT

The Arches Project is a social enterprise that has been providing a platform for artistic talents, emerging and established artists of all disciplines to showcase their work for over seven years, helping to sustain a community of artists whilst investing in their future for the next generation.

The Arches Project unites artists and creatives together in their space, helping to break down barriers, build confidence, raising their profiles and exposure worldwide while hosting events, co-ordinate projects and display the array of talents on offer. They sell beautiful products on line and at exhibitions made by the artists which are quite beautiful.   


Changes UK are a social enterprise based in Digbeth that runs a multi-phase bespoke program of support to people out of addiction, Their 6 stage support program takes people through residential detox and a detailed program of support. To help people achieve a state of mental, physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing, Changes UK provide group therapy, motivational interviewing, 12-step mutual self-help, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, anger management and debt management.

Changes UK also offer complimentary therapies, including the therapeutic application of mindfulness and engagement with the arts to create an atmosphere of learning and self-reflection. Beyond this Changes UK operate a number of different social enterprises to support service users back into work as well as offering options for supported housing.


The Irish Foresters began the Small Heath Amateur Boxing Club in the 1930’s, this successful club oversaw the heights of not just Birmingham but British boxing for over 70 years, following a tragic fire destroying their original boxing club in 2004.

In 2011 Small Heath Amateur Boxing Club became Pat Benson’s Boxing Academy, renamed after the clubs most successful trainer. A stone’s throw away from Birmingham City Centre Pat Benson’s Boxing supports fighting champions to fighting freshman its educational component have developed a sports science program to help young people understand the effects of diet, anatomy and physiology, amongst other issues as well.


Citizen Coaching was established as a community interest company in 2010. Up to 80% of its income comes from selling counselling, coaching and digital marketing services to a diverse customer base of individuals, third sector organisations, private business and statutory bodies.

Its CEO is an amazing social entrepreneur and has developed a very interesting social enterprise model with the organisation has gone from strength to strength and has now developed 3 social enterprise arms…

Birmingham Counselling Services– an independent counselling and psychotherapy practice with a choice of over twenty trained practitioners who work with people experiencing difficulties and distress in their lives to bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.

Citizen Click – a digital marketing service ‘making digital media that little bit easier’ for businesses and charities through social media training, web design and video production.

Anger UK – a package of ‘train the practitioner’ anger management workshops, weekly classes, online training, DVDs, CDs and books for counsellors looking to expand the range of services offered to clients.