Social Enterprise Day is celebrated around the world on the third Thursday of November. What do you know about the sphere? Social enterprises are engaged in many issues: public catering, cultural organizations, educational institutions, provision of the disadvantaged, public services … One thing is clear – the direction plays an important role for the material and spiritual needs of a person.
The holiday became popular a few decades ago, but the very concept of organizations is a thing of the past. Its forms and accompanying moments changed, but the goals and spirit remained unchanged. The first social worker was Florence Nightingale. She was also a sister of mercy and a public figure in Great Britain. She developed nursing practices that people still use today and opened a nursing school.
Most people believe that such institutions are non-profit, but the lion’s share of them strive for self-sufficiency. Agree, the work will be much more efficient if it does not depend on the support of the state and sponsors. Everything goes on as usual, but a lot depends on people who are ready to join the ranks of good.
Fascinating moments from the life of Florence Nightingale:
- belonged to the upper class, had an excellent education, was fluent in several languages;
- Since childhood, she has been fascinated by science, especially mathematics. However, she studied charity and statistics more. Parents did not approve of the direction too much, believing that the daughter would easily achieve more;
- took part in the Crimean War, spent time in hospitals, cared for the wounded. She was nicknamed “the lady with the lamp” due to the fact that she made rounds with a lamp at night, checking the condition of the sick;
- in 1859, she issued recommendations for the care of patients, changing the standard of work for the better.
How to celebrate
Learn more about the profession – meet like-minded people, attend lectures and events. Become a volunteer in an organization you like, look at the matter “from the inside”. Support institutions in word and deed. Spread the word!
When is Social Enterprise Day celebrated in 2022?
Social Enterprise Day is observed on the third Thursday in November each year.