Local social enterprise solutions through Reset and Recovery
In 2020, as COVID restrictions hit the globe, Queensland’s economic recovery was in need of impact businesses. As a result, QSEC received funding from Queensland State Government to assist social enterprises (SE) in three regional areas: FNQ, Central Qld and Darling Downs.
We developed a series of resources to respond to emerging conditions.
Resources were delivered to help pivot SE businesses to emerge from the COVID-19 period with job opportunities, new markets and connected communities using an "Action Lab" approach.
The RESET toolkit is available for use. We thank QSEC Associate Member Social Scaffolding for their assistance in crafting the tool kit for theReset project.
The RESET project was held through the months of September - December in 2020 in three locations: Cairns (FNQ), Rockhampton (CQ) and Toowoomba (DD) with local activators to assist with design, communication and events management.
A set of Digital Toolkits were developed for each area to help businesses reset after a challenging year. These toolkits were provided to all participants in the reset program. Elements of the programs are now available to QSEC members and associates in the QSEC online learning centre.
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Report from the programs
In 2021 Central Queensland University ran a series of Design Thinking workshops to help social enterprises build from inspiration to IDEATION.
There were four successful projects and the ideation sessions were hosted in the three targeted regional areas, concluding in May 2021.
Sandi Taylor: An innovative housing project for aboriginal people, by aboriginal people in Far North Qld.
Base Services: A long-term homelessness education and supported living program in Darling Downs.
Upcycle CQ: An upcycle project for disengaged young people in Central Qld.
Stronger Communities: A collaborative impact business and social enterprise community hub for Gladstone.
QSEC will be following their journey and assist their development where possible. A fifth project was selected for additional support through the Rockhampton Regional Council.
The Yunus Centre (Griffith University) has evaluated the outcomes and produced a report to evidence the success of the project.
During the RESET program in Central Qld, the Rockhampton Regional Council submitted an Expression of Interest to work more explicitly with QSEC and the CQ Uni's Social Innovation Team, Steve Williams and Ashley Clarke.
In 2021 Rockhampton Regional Council developed a proposal for an Upcycle Village to be investigated to assist local business and social enterprises in the circular economy space in the region to identify the opportunities for waste stream education and community activities to generate socially responsible businesses and social enterprise linkages.
The Queensland Government supported this innovation of the project.
QSEC would like to thank delivery partners:
Thank you to the Queensland Government for their support of the Reset and Recovery with Impact Project.