The WEA came together with Northumbria University and Building Futures East (a training organisation based in Walker) to research and create learning resources that show people how to start a social enterprise. Walker is home to many people who have challenges in their lives, which means that accessing education and employment isn’t easy. Despite these challenges, the community spirit and desire to make life better for each other is tangible. The Walker Social Enterprise project called on the spirit and support individuals to make their ideas a reality. Northumbria University students took a central role in the project’s research, interviewing successful entrepreneurs across the North East.
This research was then used to create a learning programme about developing social enterprise and community initiatives. WEA volunteers drew upon the personal experiences of numerous people and organisations in Walker and further afield to create accompanying resources for the course. Special thanks go out to Danny Gregson whose tremendous skills and effort have resulted in a series of videos which bring the topic to life. Our social enterprise course was piloted by residents and organisers in a community project within Walker.