I guess this started at least 4 years ago and discoveries over time has lead to us creating a social franchise model for TeX . I guess the reasons of doing this come from a mixture of frustration, demand, desire added to the actual need to address climate issues and the situation of our communities. This discovery has led us to places like Portugal and Italy to seek out regional Co-ops and how they work together to make change. To festivals like Stir to Action promoted as the play ground for the new economy and to the discoveries in our communities and of the barriers, the frustration of inactivity to address the things the care about and what matters.
Our Social Franchises early roots stem from 6 equal partners that are travelling a very similar path and alongside very similar problems. Our model goes some way to help both and smooth out some of the shared problems.
Its nothing new what we are trying to do in some way but it is all very new to us. You probably know other Social Franchises without actually realise you know. Think Foodbank- Think social franchise as an example.
For us it is different though, a different causes a different structure and a different way of doing things. Ours comes from a combination of deep rooted grass root orgs who over time have listened to the communities they serve and want to act in their best interest. They want to break down the barriers to inclusion while come away from the funding that is often restrictive, hard to reach and very competitive. Our Social Franchise will help tackle this problem through the creation micro industries working on circular economy activities that will support the ongoing community engagement events and activities.
The idea of giving away what we built up over the last few years as so we can keep it is again nothing new. Others have done it, are still doing it and we hope it may continue with our inclusion. Our aim is to put in place no barriers that will exclude anyone from following our model and taking what we have built and therefore there will be no costs, take what you need, as you need and when you need. We simply want to encourage others to take actions, follow or combined tried and tested ways of community actions and ways that will address the climate emergency.
For us, there is no time to sit and talk some more about what we can do. For us, it’s time to take action. For us, we know we are stronger together, our reach is further and our voices louder and for us, to sit back and do nothing is not an option.
We have all worked together in support of each other over the years and it just seemed natural for us to take the next steps. We dig what we do and the ones we work with and its a lived experience and a way of life. Each franchise brings something different to the table and this is what makes us work well. We have town councillors, community leaders, anarchists and Christians all working side by side in harmony. Change makers in action.
Over the next few weeks we will feature the individual early franchisees and also create ways where others can join in, find out more and maybe create your own where you are. Our aim is to create a social franchise Blueprint / Manual that we give away to help others take their next steps either along our path or to help them create their own. If you have ideas that may help then please contact us and let us know. Do you run a social franchise? Tell us about it !! Want to run one ??? Tell us about it !!!
We at Cultivate Cornwall and TeX ended the year on a real high.
We took on a new recruit who`s main aim is to help us get mobile! As we grow as a company, a team and with activities we have found a big need from participants to have a further reach into the community. Here in Cornwall social isolation and poor transport services means it is often a difficult task for potential participants to join in on events that many people would simply love to do. The help we have just received from #SembleUK and #Carling means that Danny can join the team and help us provide solutions to the community problems. TeX gets Mobile and now we can go to communities rather than them having to struggle or miss out as often has happened.
Danny is one of our youngest members of staff but already he has been deep in action and has signed up for so many activities and events we have planned for this year. The first and biggest task this month will be the Wadebridge Swish on the 25th where we are expecting over 100 people to attend and we can do this now due to the help from Semble, the Carling Fund and now with Danny.
Did I mention Danny is a Vito ? Danny the Vito can seat 6 people, it can carry more than we need at this moment and is so welcome to the team.
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