Many people believe that it’s just our garden centre or cafes that are the social enterprise parts of NAViGO.
But actually, the whole of NAViGO is classed as a not-for-profit social enterprise.
That’s not that unusual. Lots of organisations that have emerged from primary care trusts and other public sector organisations have established themselves as independent social enterprises.
So while we’ve emerged from the NHS to run all local mental health and associated services in North East Lincolnshire, we’ve also developed income-generating, commercially viable businesses that provide training, education and employment opportunities including Grimsby Garden Centre and three cafes.
We also have a voting membership, giving service users and carers equal rights to staff.
Social enterprises are critical to parts of the NHS delivering one third of community services and two out of three out-of-hours services.
If you’ve visited Grimsby Garden Centre or any of our cafes, you may have seen the ‘Buy Social’ symbol.
What does it mean? Well, Buy Social is Social Enterprise UK’s flagship campaign.
It challenges all of us to think about where we buy our goods and services from and the social impact of our purchasing decisions.
Buying social is about using your money to create a positive impact on the world we live in. So, when you buy from a social enterprise like NAViGO, you are choosing to spend your money with a business that is giving something back and reinvesting their profits to address the most pressing issues.
With us that’s putting money back into local mental health services while providing employment and training opportunities to local people.