March has been a very busy month for SCRT. Our membership numbers continue to grow as does Anchor Account Holders (you can read about new Anchor Account holder CRNS below). We attended and gave a lecture at the ISB Certificate course in Socially Responsible Finance in Cologne last week and on Sunday we will be speaking at the EVH Members event and AGM in Glasgow and we hope that our message about ethical and mutual finance will strike a chord with the audience.
Launch of ACCESS-The foundation for Social Investment
Last week's launch of ACCESS a new foundation for Social Investment is a clear acknowledgement that in the 15 years since the establishment of the Social Investment Task Force the scale, size and type of social investment money avilable is at odds with the needs and capacity of the sector...more
CDFA - Annual Conference 2015
The CDFA held its annual conference in London early this month. The Conference started with the Chair of the Financial Inclusion Commission, outlining some of their recent report recommendations...more
Why we've got it wrong on Social Investment
Former MP Les Huckfield asks if the strategy on Social Investment since the establishment of Social Investment Taskforce in 2000 is flawed and wonders why it continues to remain so. Huckfield believes that there is a fundamental mismatch between those who are pushing social investment and what those organisations on the ground actually need...more
The Institute for Social Banking (ISB)
SCRT has been connecting with the ISB and in particular its educational programmes since last summer. The ISB promotes a concept of finance and banking that specifically orients itself towards a perception of and responsibility for the development of both people and planet..more
New Crowdfunding Pilot for Social Enterprises launched by UK Government
As SCRT is in the process of formalising a relationship with Buzzbnk - a Crowdfunding platform that specialises in Third Sector campaigns, comes the news that the UK government recognises the role that Crowdfunding can play for the sector. The statement from the government states that £58k is the median amount of finance required by organisations...more
Social Impact Bonds - How the powerful stand to profit from the poor.
Since the first SIB at Peterborough in 2010 there are now 16 across the UK. A recent blog from the Social Action and Research Foundation & Manchester Metropolitan University about SIB's argues that the Third Sector should be looking more critically at SIB's....read more
The Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS) is Scotland’s membership network for community reuse and recycling organisations. CRNS is 10 years old and supports over 100 active members that deliver recycling, reuse, composting, waste reduction and waste education activities.
CRNS is pleased to have taken out SCRT membership and to have opened an Anchor Deposit Account with Airdrie Savings Bank.
“CRNS is pleased to demonstrate our support for the SCRT and the work they are doing to strengthen the financial capability of the third sector in Scotland. We have opened an Anchor Deposit Account and we will be encouraging our members to do likewise.”
Mary McLuskey, CRNS CEO.
JOIN US.. If you are interested in our work then there are two main ways to show your support. Organisations can take out free membershipof SCRT. And organisations and individuals working in the sector can open an Anchor Deposit Account.