How to join

A social firm is one form of social enterprise, and subscribes to the three values of Enterprise, Employment and Empowerment.

Social Firm principles are mainly adopted by social enterprises which create a job, or jobs, work-based training, and volunteering opportunities for people who face significant challenges when seeking and retaining employment whether a sole trader/self-employed, partnership, company, charity or CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation).

Social Firms Wales offers support and guidance for people who are traditionally discriminated against in terms of gaining employment, including:

  • People from Ethnic minorities
  • People from the LGBTQ+ communities
  • People living with a Learning, physical, and sensory disability
  • People managing mental health issues
  • People leaving prison  
  • People with experience of homelessness
  • People managing recovery of substance misuse

There is no cost for membership - The value of our membership is not in the £’s but our members themselves

Social Firms Wales offer 4 categories of Membership:

Full Membership

  • Open for anyone creating a business for people who have been traditionally discriminated against.  
  • Open for anyone becoming self-employed who have been traditionally discriminated against.

Supported Business Membership

  • Open for supported businesses where 50% or more of their workforce have a disability who have been traditionally discriminated against. (Source: www.base-uk.org)

Associate Membership

  • Open for those with an interest in Social Firm development.

Public Sector Membership

  • Open for Public Sector bodies with an interest in Social Firm development.

 

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