Media Release – SENVIC Launched
Victoria receives a brand new network for the social enterprise sector
SENVIC (Social Enterprise Network Victoria) has been officially launched by Victorian Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade, the Hon Martin Pakula, at the Social Traders’ State of Social Enterprise Conference on 20th August 2019.
The nine founding members of SENVIC are delighted to see the launch of the practitioner-led network, which was first established in early 2018 with support from Equity Trustees. With a vision to work toward a just, inclusive, and sustainable world, the founding members are some of Victoria’s longest-standing and most influential social enterprises: ACRE, CERES, The Community Grocer, GAME Traffic and Contracting, Good Cycles, Green Collect, 100 Story Building, STREAT and Social Traders.
Financial support from the Victorian Government will enable SENVIC to coordinate network activities across both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. An online presence will enable information sharing and connection across the State.
SENVIC will work closely with other similar network initiatives across Australia, such as the Queensland Social Enterprise Council and the South Australian Social Enterprise Council, and networks overseas, to ensure practitioners have access to broader collaboration opportunities.
SENVIC Chair, Cinnamon Evans says: “The establishment of the network is an important step forward for the social enterprise sector and we are thrilled to be working in partnership with government, Social Traders, the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship, the other founding members and all social enterprises across Victoria. We’re looking forward to seeing practitioners join the movement, access learning and development opportunities, and be part of a collective voice for social enterprise in Victoria”.
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