Croydon Council to host ‘Social Saturday’ on 10th October

By - Wednesday 7th October, 2015

On Saturday 10th October Croydon town centre’s RISE art gallery will host  a day of networking and events to celebrate social enterprise.

Photo by RISE gallery, used with permission.

Release begins: Croydon will be leading a nationwide day of events and activities to promote and celebrate social enterprise, which are businesses that trade to tackle social or environmental issues for the benefit of the community.

“Social Saturday”, a networking event with guest speakers, takes place at RISE Gallery in St George’s Walk from 11am to 12.30pm on 10 October and is aimed at social entrepreneurs.

The event is being organised in partnership with the council, national campaign body Social Enterprise UK (SE UK) and RISE.

Croydon was officially awarded social enterprise status by SE UK in May – the first in London – in recognition of the number of businesses in the borough.

There are currently 14 towns and cities across the country with social enterprise place status.

The founder of RISE, Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison, says he wants to harness the positive social potential of art to benefit his home town of Croydon.

Kevin said: “The gallery itself is a commercial operation, but one of RISE’s big recurring themes is ‘inclusion’. We believe in the life-enhancing value of art and that art itself can act as a catalyst for positive change. This can be for an individual, a group of people or a community as art transcends all ages, ethnicities and cultures.”

Councillor Tony Newman, leader of the council and one of the guest speakers on Social Saturday, said: “Social enterprises are redefining how business gets done.

“When you buy from a social enterprise, society profits. What’s more they are outperforming regular businesses on growth and impact.

“Social Saturday is all about celebrating the number of businesses in Croydon that reinvest their profits in making a difference by tackling social issues such as improving communities and the environment.”

To attend book your free ticket here.

Release ends.

Release sender: Croydon Council.



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