What are social entrepreneurs?
The phrase 'social entrepreneurship' refers to a brand of entrepreneurship rooted in funding or implementing solutions to cultural, social, or environmental problems.
What problem do social entrepreneurs address?
Social entrepreneurs can be an alternative source of funding for solutions to support prevention of the onset of frailty in the pre-frail / mild frail population, hence increasing the likelihood of an individual living independently in their own home for longer. Health and social care services primarily serve the needs of those living with moderate or severe frailty, resulting in limited funding being available to support the provision of opportunities to promote and encourage prevention activities (a gap in service provision).
What do we do to address this opportunity for innovation?
During 2021 / 2022, Wessex AHSN Healthy Ageing and Insight team representatives worked collaboratively with UnLtd and key Portsmouth stakeholder partners, coordinating a design workshop and setting up a steering group and logic model working group. The aim of this collaborative working group was to develop and then evaluate an approach to promote finding, funding, and supporting social entrepeneurs in Portsmouth.
Given the growing pressures across health and social care, this project built on previous work carried out by UnLtd,Transform Ageing initiative, aiming to better understand the potential of social entrepreneurs in the prevention or slowing of the onset of frailty (in the fit, pre-frail, and mild frail population) in the South West of England.