Social Capital – the difference that makes the difference?

Social capital is a measure of the quality and quantity of relationships in a community.  The better these relationships, the greater the social capital, the easier it is for all sorts of resources to flow through the community to where they are most needed – knowledge and skills, under-used tools and even cash.  In communities with low social capital, often characterised by mistrust, greed and fear, people tend to hold what they have instead of making it available for others to use.

The deliberate development of social capital, connecting people, building trust, helping and being helped is perhaps the single most powerful, cost-effective and worthwhile thing that can be done to encourage economic, social and cultural development.  Simply put, social capital reduces the effort and cost of getting things done.  The more social capital, the better.

Elsie is an investment in social capital.

It provides a process and structure where people can come together and get the help flowing to where people can really use it to do good work.

If you would like to get involved and help the help to flow then here is how.

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Helping Elsie…

Leeds Community Enterprise (Elsie for short) is an enterprise accelerator.  It is run by a group of trained volunteers drawn from all walks of Leeds life that meet for 2 hours every month to brainstorm advice, guidance and support for anyone in Leeds who is looking to advance a particular project but needs help.

Elsie not only offers practical and technical advice, but will also act as point of contact into other Leeds support networks.  She provides a source of wisdom, advice and practical support that can be used by anyone in Leeds who is undertaking any kind of enterprise.  It may be a business, a campaign, community group or any other project.  Elsie helps anyone who is looking to make progress, but needs a bit of a boost.

Elsie provides a service that is confidential, competent and caring.

Elsie meetings are fun, fast moving, practically focussed and above all helpful – and not just for the people who are seeking support.

Want to get involved?

All that is required is that you attend a 2 hour training session.  After this you will be invited to attend our monthly panels.  You are under no obligation to attend, but we intend to make them events that you will not choose to miss.  If you think you may wish to use Elsie to help people that you are working with then you should attend advocate training.  Otherwise member training is the thing for you.

Member training site – http://elsiemember.eventbrite.com/

Advocate training site – http://elsieadvocate.eventbrite.com/

 What will you get from helping Elsie?

  • membership of a creative and resourceful network focussed on helping people with worthwhile projects
  • access to some really influential and well connected people
  • real tine information on the issues that block progress in our city
  • insights into the resources available in the city and how they are accessed
  • the buzz of being part of a team that provides practical and powerful help to move the city forward

The first rounds of training take place in Leeds City Centre on July 6th and 7th. There is no charge to attend, so please do sign up, come along and find out more.

Also please invite anyone who you think may find the project interesting to have a look and get involved.

Introducing Elsie – Briefing Note

An Update from Elsie

Been an interesting couple of weeks working on Elsie.  Lots of very positive reaction and people coming forward to help which is great.

Currently looking to schedule training for Elsie members and coaches in the first week of July – so watch this space, and or your inbox for details.  The training content is coming along nicely covering the basics of helping, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, creativity and a few other bits and pieces.  TRAINING DATES NOW SET

Please try to think of others who could usefully contribute to the project and invite them to have a look or get in touch.

Have been fielding some questions about Elsie as we go , and have put the answers on the FAQ page.  If you have further questions please do get in touch!

Introducing Elsie

Leeds Community Enterprise (Elsie for short) is an enterprise accelerator.  A source of wisdom, advice and practical support that can be used by anyone in Leeds who is undertaking any kind of enterprise.  It may be a business, a campaign, community group or any other project.  It is for anyone who is looking to make progress, but needs a bit of a boost.

Elsie provides a service that is confidential, competent and caring.

With Business Link disappearing, and the boundaries between business, community and social impact becoming more blurred we need to put together new, low cost and sustainable ways of helping people in our community who are trying to make things happen.  This is my best stab at what that could be like.

Elsie is a group of trained volunteers drawn from all walks of Leeds life who meet for 2 hours every month to brainstorm advice, guidance and support for anyone in Leeds who is looking to advance a particular project but needs help.  Elsie not only offers practical and technical advice, but will also act as point of contact into other Leeds support networks.

Elsie does not work directly with the people who are seeking support, but with their advocates, who may be a friend, relative, coach or advisor.  We train these advocates so that they can get the most out of their time with Elsie and get maximum benefit from the process.  By working with those who are already providing help and support in the community we are able to keep our costs down and our reach up.

Elsie meetings are fun, fast moving, practically focussed and above all helpful – and not just for the people who are seeking support.