Description of the goods or services required
Southside Partnership (SSP) DLR is the independent local development organisation for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. Its mission is to address disadvantage, social exclusion and inequality through a range of innovative and responsive strategies and actions.
As part of a joint application to the Dorman Accounts Fund, supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development, Southside Partnership DLR, in cooperation with Bray Area Partnership, has secured funding to pilot a training and mentoring supports project for social enterprises across both Partnership areas. The Social Enterprise Expansion & Development (SEED) Project will run from January 2020 to June 2020 with the following aims and objectives:
•To deliver tailored training to new and existing social enterprises to enable growth and improve sustainability and to increase social, societal and environmental impact
•To provide one-to-one mentoring and coaching to social enterprises to enable growth and improve sustainability
•To provide learning opportunities for social enterprises operating in disadvantaged areas and with disadvantaged groups
•To raise awareness of social enterprise locally
This training measure follows the publication in 2019 of the first National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland 2019 – 2022.
Southside Partnership DLR now wishes to invite tenders from suitably qualified mentors for the provision of the mentor services to SEED project recipients up to the end of June 2020. It is envisaged that the panel will be created and operate for the SEED project from Feb – end June 2020. The mentor panel will be kept in place beyond the SEED project until June 2021 should there be future funding that allows us to engage mentors for our social entrepreneurs and social enterprises. Programme participants will be matched with suitable mentors from this panel. Please note that inclusion on the panel does not guarantee involvement as this will be based on the needs of the participants. All successful candidates placed on the panel will be required to attend a short SEED Project briefing session prior to engaging.
SEED mentors must understand social enterprise and the needs of social entrepreneurs as they may work with individuals and organisations at various developmental stages to provide founder and project (including business) support / advice to assist them to achieve organisational goals. Mentors will provide independent, informed observation and advice to assist with decision making.
We are seeking experienced mentors in a wide variety of areas including:
•Developing a business plan / business strategy
•Developing a product / service
•Marketing and promotion (Digital & Traditional)
•Website planning and design
•Funding and funding applications
•Creating a CLG / Business structures guidance
•Developing a Board of Management
•Owner development, including self-motivation, confidence and addressing key personal challenges, for example being overwhelmed, isolation, loneliness, being time-poor etc.