Innovation Project

Programme of Activities

Event One on 20th May: “Understanding Social Enterprise”

Social Enterprise

This event is designed to support staff within Health and Social Care to develop a greater knowledge and understanding of social enterprise and enterprising third sector organisations and the role they could play in the future design and delivery of services to the people and communities of Dumfries and Galloway.

The event is facilitated by the Social Enterprise Academy who are a specialist learning and development provider. Over the past year they have delivered over 295 learning events to over 1200 learners across Scotland.


Event Two on 16th September: “Innovative Thinking! Innovative Action!”


Our Keynote speaker is Kevin Bond, Chief Executive of NAViGO.

NAViGO Community Interest Company is a unique not-for-profit social enterprise that emerged from the NHS, to run all local mental health (MH) and associated services in North East Lincolnshire.

They have all the services you would expect of a MH provider including acute facilities, but also specialist services such as systemic family therapy, DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) team, highly developed employment and training services running their own and other peoples ancillary services (catering, cleaning, maintenance etc) creating jobs and training for people with MH problems, eating disorder and many more. They designed the services in conjunction with people who use them and as such many are bespoke.

They are national top scorers for many indicators thanks to their innovative design of not just their physical buildings, but the ways in which their services work fluidly around them.

Against a background of national service cuts, by working smarter, reducing waste, ensuring everyone relates directly to those who use the services and are therefore more efficient, having less managers and bureaucracy, they have managed (in their first year as a social enterprise) to not only save significant sums required of them, but also generate a surplus to reinvest back into their services.


Study Visit One (Date to be rescheduled for the Autumn)

wellbeing enterprises

Wellbeing Enterprises Community Interest Company is an award winning social enterprise and a leading light in community-led preventative healthcare.

Their mission is to support individuals and communities to achieve better health and wellbeing. They do this by educating the general public; unlocking the assets within our communities and working collaboratively with our partners to tackle the underlying causes of poor health.

They understand that unprecedented challenges lie ahead for our healthcare system. As an established provider they play their part in addressing these challenges by delivering innovative, evidence based healthcare solutions. They empower people to take back control of their health and live happier, longer lives. Working together they unlock the true potential of people and communities.

In 2012 they secured a major contract with Halton Clinical Commissioning Group to design and deliver the fully integrated Community Wellbeing Practices programme and in 2014 that Initiative won the NAPC (National Association of Primary Care) Best Practice Health and Wellbeing Innovation of the Year award.


Study visit two (Date to be confirmed)


The McSence Group is an award winning Social Enterprise comprising five operating companies providing a wide range of professional services to businesses and individuals including Managed Workspace, Property Maintenance and Cleaning

Services, Conference Centre Facilities, Training Services and Home Help services. McSence is owned by the Community in which it is based and is governed by an unpaid board of volunteer Directors.

We will be specifically visiting their Home Help Services, which offer all aspects of a professional Home Help service directly to the clients door. Most of us want to live independently in our homes as long as we can, however as we get older we often need support and assistance and McSence Home Help has been established to provide this support to directly benefit people in need in our communities.