Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Social Saturday: 13 Septmeber

Did you know about Social Saturday?  September 13th is Social Saturday, a day to celebrate and buy from social enterprises - businesses that put people and planet first.

Every purchase we make has an impact on the world we live in. Social enterprises trade to tackle some of the greatest challenges we face, like unemployment and food waste. The aim of Social Saturday is to get the public to get behind some of the over 70,000 social enterprises in the country, of which GO4 Enterprises is one of.

About GO4 Enterprises
Go4 was born out of Frontier Youth Trusts Out4Good project and is a response to the number of young people locally who are not in work, training or education and perhaps through a disadvantaged background have little prospect of gaining work. Currently there are 300 NEETs in Colchester (5.2% of young people aged 16 to 19).

The experience of organisations like Frontier Youth Trust, a charity that has engaged with marginalised young people for many years, shows that opportunities for young people not in education, employment or training have been significantly reduced, resulting in the likelihood that some disaffected young people will get involved in substance abuse, and even, criminal activity.

In the present economic climate, 975,000 young people aged 16-24 are unemployed and not in training or education,13.5% of people in this age group. 80% of young adult offenders re-offend within 2-3 years of release from prison, and most of those will cite the lack of employment as a major reason for offending.

The Weekend
Falling on the same weekend as National Heritage weekend means that GO4 Market Cafe will be be doubly celebrating- firstly celebrating the heritage of our beautiful location the deconsecrated Holy Trinity Church and secondly celebrating the achievements and work of GO4 Enterprises.  We are planning a full weekend of information, activities and more to celebrate both of these events, so please come down to GO4 MArket Cafe and help us celebrate and support us.

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