Expanding support to social enterprises

The number of employment projects supported by SVA significantly increased in 2010, a rise which looks set to continue into 2011. SVA is currently supporting and investing in 16 social enterprises, through three projects:

  • the Supporting Social Enterprises Project (SSEP) funded by the Australian Government, which creates employment for those excluded from the labour market,
  • the Queensland Inclusive Social Enterprises Project (QISEP) funded by the Queensland Government, Department of Communities, which creates employment options for people who experience long-term unemployment due to mental health issues, and
  • the Youth Enterprises Partnership Project (YEP), also funded by the Queensland Government, Department of Communities, which supports social enterprises in Brisbane and Townsville that specifically target young people aged between 15 and 18 who have either recently entered the youth justice system and are at risk of reoffending or are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless.

Each of the 16 social enterprises offer long-term employment opportunities to people previously excluded from the labour market. These people include ex-offenders, people with a disability or mental illness, refugees, Indigenous people or vulnerable young people.

Two innovative social enterprises which have been supported are North Queensland Green Solutions and lowercase. Looking at new ways of doing old things differently, North Queensland Green Solutions employs people with a disability to work at a community recycling venture in Townsville, while lowercase is a Brisbane based media agency that trains and employs young people at risk of being marginalised in society.

SVA has invested a total of $2,552,320 in these 16 social enterprises. In turn, the enterprises are expected to create a total of 234 jobs, with 100 created to date.

North Queensland Green Services staff
North Queensland Green Services staff