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Work packages

Work package 1

This work package (WP) forms the first phase of the project. All partners will come together to
1. bring together existing approaches and their experiences in involving the social economy in managing & developing green & blue infrastructure;
2. identify existing good practices & approaches, drawing upon lessons learnt through previous European projects as appropriate;
3. jointly elaborate the pilot actions to be carried out within the project.

Work package 2

This Work package (WP) investigates ways of stimulating and securing the on-going sustainability of not-for-profit structures in managing green & blue infrastructure. The objectives of this WP relate to drawing together the emerging results from the pilot actions. Objectives are to:

1. promote the development of social enterprises and social entrepreneurship in relation to green & blue infrastructure. This will include consideration of the role of the public sector in promoting opportunities;
2. bring together stakeholders (green infrastructure management organisations, community & special interest groups, social actors, beneficiary organisations etc.) to generate new ideas for public service delivery, efficiency improvements and new business concepts;
3. develop entrepreneurship & business models arising from this engagement;
4. investigate potential barriers to enterprise development, including finance, procurement and legal structures / contracts;
5. investigate innovative approaches to secure the long-term financial viability of the structures created, possibly through involvement of the private sector or by the use of volunteers.

Work package 3

This work package (WP) will concentrate on the aim of delivering social outcomes through the involvement of the social economy in managing the green & blue infrastructure. The WP will draw together the emerging results from Action 2 & 3. Since social outcomes will also be delivered through the other pilot actions, input will be drawn from these as appropriate. Objectives are to:

1. investigate the needs & requirements of the specific beneficiary groups involved in the pilot actions - long-term unemployed, unemployed young people, ex- offenders, young people with special needs, volunteers (who are often older citizens);
2. investigate the training & skills needs of these groups and how they might be delivered;
3. develop appropriate structures / arrangements within the social delivery organisations and/or public authorities for managing the beneficiaries, including skills training;
4. investigate opportunities for community & special interest groups to become directly involved in the management of the infrastructure e.g. through volunteering;
5. develop appropriate measures to assess the social impact of actions through evaluation of the pilots;
6. identify innovative practices from the pilots.

Work package 4

The initial objective of this work package is to evaluate the results of the pilot actions undertaken. The evaluation will be undertaken by independent experts.
The main objective will then be to develop a strategic framework for growing the role of the social economy in managing & developing green & blue infrastructure within the region.
The final objectives of this WP relate to
1. refining and promoting the methodology for assessing outputs & outcomes of projects seeking to marry the cost-effective management of the infrastructure with social outcomes;
2. investigating (& developing if possible) opportunities for promoting the mobility of both beneficiaries and social entrepreneurs between countries.
3. identifying & promoting innovation by social entrepreneurs;
4. creating an on-going structure for taking action in this field forward after the end of the project, based on the virtual Social Enterprise Zone concept.