Published: 17 September 2012 at 14:22
Invest in Impact scheme offers chance to access Anglia Ruskin course at half price
Managers from Essex-based charities and social enterprises have an opportunity to access an accredited university course at half price, thanks to sponsorship from local businesses.
Britvic Soft Drinks and Central Essex Community Services CIC are backing Anglia Ruskin University’s Invest in Impact scheme, which sees sponsors paying half of the £4,500 fee for the Charity and Social Enterprise Management course. Organisers of the two year course hope this will encourage smaller local charities to join this September’s intake.
The course, which now has over 100 students enrolled following its launch last year, offers students the chance to study six modules via distance learning and gain a Certificate in Higher Education in Charity and Social Enterprise Management.
The topics covered include leadership, finance, marketing and social impact assessment, and the flexible learning delivery has proved popular with students who are looking to develop their careers in the voluntary sector and social enterprise.
Suzanne Harris, from the Rural Community Council of Essex, said the course was attractive to her because of its specific focus on charities and social enterprises. She said:
Helen Robinson, who works for the Salvation Army and is a trustee of Chelmsford YMCA, added:
The sponsors for Invest in Impact, which allows applicants from Essex to apply for a bursary of up to 50% off the course fees, were attracted by the opportunity to make a difference.
John Niland, Chief Executive of Central Essex Community Services CIC, a social enterprise providing health and social care services in Essex, Waltham Forest, Redbridge and Cambridgeshire, explained:
Lauretta Lamont, from Britvic Soft Drinks, added: