Here Wins Social Enterprise Of The Year 2017

Here, a progressive social enterprise based in Brighton, has scooped Social Enterprise of the Year at the UK Social Enterprise Awards, held at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London.

Here has been recognised for its innovative, person-centred healthcare services that touch the lives of millions of people across the UK. Working with partners to design healthcare and wellbeing solutions around the real needs of people, Here is transforming the focus of care from ‘what’s the matter?’ to ‘what matters to you?’ – helping individuals and their families in living the best lives they can and feeling in charge and control of their healthcare decisions.

Zoe Nicholson, Here CEO and Co-founder said: “We are so excited to win this award, and it’s testament to the hard work of all the people who work with citizens to help them live well. It’s also a reflection of the great work of all those organisations we partner with locally.

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“Our partners include citizens, GPs and local healthcare practitioners, commissioners, NHS Trusts and healthcare companies, third sector providers, social enterprises, and community groups. They’re all dedicated to doing what matters for the people we serve. This award is as much a reflection of their achievements as of Here’s.

“At Here we recognise that our national and local healthcare systems are under massive pressure. Like many organisations we have been trying to tackle this pressure through integration, the sharing of resources and skills, co-location, collaboration and better communication. And still the pressures on our systems seem to mount with ever growing intensity.

“So our strategy reflects this. We understand that we have a duty to deliver on our promises in the context of the existing services we lead and help to provide for people in our community. But we see our purpose as doing much more than this. We’re asking questions about how we know we’re making a difference to citizens, how we understand what matters to them, and how a radical redesign of existing systems might help us deliver more care.”

Proud of its social enterprise roots, Here seeks ways to support social enterprises locally, building a community of like-minded organisations that can learn from each other and build collective momentum to develop happy, healthy communities.

The national Awards, organised by Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) recognises excellence and outstanding achievements by social enterprises – businesses set up to for a social purpose that reinvest or donate the majority of their profits to meet their mission. There are now nearly 80,000 social enterprises in the UK, contributing £24 billion to the economy each year.

Peter Holbrook, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK said: “The UK Social Enterprise Awards are a real testament to the dynamism and diversity of the UK social enterprise sector.

“This year’s winners have included a social enterprise employing IT consultants who bring together the unique talents of people living with autism, coffee carts transforming the lives of those without a home, a film company opening up the creative industries to young people and even a social enterprise dental service working in some of the UK’s most challenging neighbourhoods.

“Social enterprises are continuing to prove that they’re a force to be reckoned with, they’re creating solutions to some of the biggest challenges we face and showing how business can and should be done.”

Find out more about Here: http://www.hereweare.org.uk/

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