It’s really easy when you have a great idea to give up because of the obstacles you face. It can be disheartening, frustrating and depressing that people don’t share your vision or it takes so long to get it up and running.
The good news for social enterprise is that the traditional approaches to delivering social change and care are inadequate.
Our time is now.
My message is simple – remain passionate, determined and resolute and eventually you will succeed. If people keep telling you “what a great idea” then you are on to something. Society needs our “entrepreneurial flair” to resolve the major issues facing communities. Our raison d’etre is to make a positive contribution to society by developing innovative products and services that transform lives.
We must keep challenging traditional approaches – don’t get me wrong there’s some great work being done out there in health & social care. However, services are creaking under the strain put on them by budget cuts and disillusioned carers.
This is where our entrepreneurial spirit can make a difference. Smarter, more customer-centric products and services delivered by compassionate and professional teams is the future of primary care. We are at the forefront of this, no matter what the industry professionals tell us.
Keep believing and you will prevail!!!
In Life we take risks every day. How many of us have considered taking risks that contribute to a better life for others? Some of the most inspirational risk-takers do just that. They are commonly known as “Social Entrepreneurs”. They look for innovative, creative solutions to the problems facing society. They combine their business acumen and entrepreneurial flair with their passion and desire to make a positive contribution to Society.
Their inspiration is often born from personal tragedy and loss, leaving them asking “there has to be a better way”. They harness this frustration, desire and determination and use it to “fuel their creative fire” that burns within them.
They approach critical issues in a different way and look for new ways to resolve them. Whether it’s addressing an Ageing Population, Loneliness, Mental Health, Social Cohesion, Obesity or Dementia, there are hundreds of Social Entrepreneurs creating innovative products and services that will help tackle the “social time bombs” we face.
The biggest hurdle they face is getting their services adopted. It can be a long, tiresome and demoralising journey and many “give up” as many traditional stakeholders create too many barriers and hurdles that become insurmountable. In the private sector new ideas are “fast tracked” to market to maximise their potential. In the public and social sectors this approach is sadly lacking. The strange thing is that we need “early adoption” and “rapid scaling” more than ever if we are to address our critical social issues.
We continually read that our Health & Social care services are stretched to breaking point and are not “fit for purpose”. They cannot cope with the existing demand society is placing on them, let alone the forecast increase. It’s a simple supply and demand scenario that we are not addressing quickly enough. That’s why it’s crucial we support Social Entrepreneurs who’s flair can help create a healthier society and happier communities.
These are the people who are leading the way in social change – taking risks on behalf of others – with a clear vision of improving people’s lives.
Now that’s what you call making a difference!
How serious are we about this very important statement? My view is that our political leaders are not. Demand for care services is forecast to grow significantly – Budgets are being slashed – Resources are already stretched to breaking point – and we’re facing the integration of health and social services into one delivery model (a disaster waiting to happen).
If you really mean it Mr Minister – Let’s start doing something about it before it’s too late and more vulnerable people are left socially isolated and at risk of harm or death.
Let’s avert the disaster – Let’s stop burying our heads in the sand – Let’s stop relying on volunteers and let’s start putting more professionally managed and properly funded services in place to serve the vulnerable and disadvantaged in our communities. Now that’s a Big Society vision!!
Did you know that every time you play a round of golf you;
- burn over 900 calories,
- stretch over 1000 times,
- make over 500 decisions
- socialise with at least three people
- Walk in excess of 3 miles
- Breath in fresh air for at least 3 hours
- Enjoy beautiful landscapes & scenery
These are just a handful of the benefits of playing golf.
People living with Dementia require physical exercise, mental stimulation and social engagement. When these three elements are combined in one activity the results can be life-changing. I’m amazed that very few people have recognised golf as the perfect sport to deliver this perfect mix of stimulants!
Golf can help delay the onset of Dementia and slow the progress of the disease. Golf clubs provide a safe, secure and supportive environment where Dementia sufferers can enjoy a full and active life for as long as they wish.
Dementia is touching more people’s lives each year – and it will become as topical as cancer in years to come. If golf can be promoted more effectively as a “prefered Dementia activity” then it could transform the fortunes of the industry – and make a huge contribution to the Healthy Ageing Agenda.
Consider this – Enjoying moderate exercise for 15 minutes a day can extend your life by THREE years. Imagine the social and economic benefits of encouraging more people in their 40’s to consider golf?
This is our mission.
It’s estimated that 850,000 are living with Dementia in the UK. This is set to DOUBLE in the next 30 years. There could be up to a further 40% with the disease as diagnosis remains disappointingly low.
Dementia starts affecting us from our late 40’s onwards. Initially the symptoms are mild and don’t affect our quality of life too much. Gradually the disease becomes more debilitating, especially if it goes undiagnosed for too long. As there is no cure for Dementia, it will eventually kill you.
When you consider that the average age of golf members is 54, with 71% being aged 45+, it’s easy to see why the golf industry should be concerned about the disproportionate impact Dementia will have on golf membership and participation.
Some might view this as a terminal risk for golf. However, I view it as the single biggest opportunity to grow the game we’ve had in years. It needs to be grasped with both hands.
An ageing population with more of our elderly citizens suffering with chronic disease, combined with health and care services at breaking point means we face a massive social time bomb.
Read my article tomorrow on how golf can help improve the lives of people living with Dementia.