JOINING SSEN

Proud to Be Part of the SSEN

PROUD TO BE PART OF THE SSEN

Membership of SSEN is open to anyone who falls within the defined groups, namely Sheffield-based social enterprises, social entrepreneurs or those involved in supporting them. It is also open to anyone interested in or supportive of the social enterprise sector, even if not currently working for a social enterprise.

From the SSEN's Guiding Principles: "The membership of The Network must consist primarily of those individuals either working within a social enterprise, or who are actively considering establishing one, YET must also be open to those who are engaged in supporting those individuals, as their participation is also welcomed wholeheartedly." 

REQUIREMENTS

Location and Governance Rules

Member enterprises or organisations must be located within S1 to S14 postcodes. Please also see the constitution for more detailed governance rules.

Guiding Principles

Members must be willing to abide by the Guiding Principles:

We, the members of the SSEN, being Sheffield-based social enterprises, social entrepreneurs or those involved in supporting them, believe in - and commit to uphold - the following principles:

1) That we are stronger through our active participation in The Network, the stated purposes of which we are supporting, through our membership.

2) That we will be open and honest in sharing our experiences, challenges and successes with each other.

3) That we will respect and value the diversity of interests, and forms of working, that exist within The Network.

4) That we will both celebrate, and raise awareness of, the value and impact of social enterprise, particularly in the city of Sheffield.

5) That The Network’s affairs and activities shall be arranged such that they are responsive to the needs, desires and strategic interests of the membership.

6) That The Network should provide and maintain appropriate mechanisms for the dissemination and exchange of pertinent information between members.

7) That The Network should seek members opinions and should use our collective voice – where one exists – to influence changes in the external environment.

8) That The Network will be flexible in the nature of the activities it facilitates and provides – we desire The Network to be fun, informal and sociable, as well as more structured and formal, when the occasion demands.

9) We recognise that The Network will at times need to acquire financial or other resources in order to operate effectively and in the continued pursuance of its purposes. However, we also hold it vital that such resources (or the pursuit of them) must not cause The Network to act in contradiction of any of these Guiding Principles, or its founding purposes.

10) That, in order to remain true to its purposes, the membership of The Network must consist primarily of those individuals either working within a social enterprise, or who are actively considering establishing one, YET must also be open to those who are engaged in supporting those individuals, as their participation is also welcomed wholeheartedly.