Today I’m sitting at a table at The Pod Enterprise Centre in the afternoon sun, watching the local pedestrians and traffic go by. It’s a fabulous way to help me think!
I’m back at work after a lengthy absence of nine months (no, not for that! I’m way past the baby stage)! My name is Sue Dixon and I’m one of the directors of Bubble Enterprises and I’m really glad to say my new base is at The Pod here in Moss Side.
I’ve been working for over eight years to support people in starting up their own enterprises, businesses and community projects with an emphasis on addressing social concerns.
As a person with a mental health problem myself, I know first hand what it can be like to face ignorance and prejudice, discrimination and lack of opportunity in the workplace. I’m more convinced than ever that enterprise offers fantastic opportunities to those people – not everyone certainly – who want to try it as an alternative to getting a job.
People with additional barriers to work such as longer-term unemployed, young people with lack of work experience and others with health issues, face enough difficulty getting a job let alone one that has enough paid hours, is suited to personal interests and fits around personal needs or those of the family. Enterprise can be a solution if you have the motivation, appropriate support and information: that’s why we’re here and that’s what we do – we help people explore getting started!
And now we have hot desks in the sunshine too (okay, daylight then) – Spring is on the way!
After an overwhelming demand, we will soon be running our Bubble Enterprise Engagement Programme which is funded by Manchester City Council. The course will be held at The Pod and we will be sending out more information on this in the next couple of weeks. If you would like to receive more information on the course or add your name to the waiting list, please email your name, contact phone number, email address, address and postcode to firstname.lastname@example.org.