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Pilot themes

The Social Enterprise Zone was developed so as to provide a meaningful resource for aspiring social enterprises to learn from. Scottish Canals oversaw the work and development of the cluster of enterprises at the Helix and every project is now in the SEZ with both a summary and detailed description of the work they carry out and ‘lessons’ for other fledgling social enterprises.

This area hosts information about good practices, case studies, and success stories that partners and others outside of the project can learn from. We have put each of our pilot projects into one or more of the following themes. If you are planning a project you may find it helpful to start by viewing the theme which most closely relates to your own.

Work experience

Improving soft skills; attitude through and towards employment, education or training. Improving hard skills or technical knowledge through and towards employment, education or training. Increasing awareness of work opportunities and career possibilities.

Community involvement

Engaging all members of the community. Creating awareness, pride and a sense of ownership of the local environment. Developing community cohesion.

Social enterprises

Creation of new social enterprises. Improved support for existing social enterprises. Growth of social enterprises and their impact.


Improved understanding and awareness of importance of natural environment and heritage. Improved access and enjoyment of natural environment and heritage. Reduction of impact on the natural environment. Creation of a more sustainable environment.

Helix Social Enterprise Zone

The Helix Social Enterprise Zone encompasses a range of projects in the Falkirk area of Scotland and is managed by the Helix Social Enterprise Zone Partnership.