Place Category: Retail
Silver Stag of Scotland is what is known as a Community Interest Company or CIC for short. This means that we are a social enterprise and want to use our profits and assets for the public good. Our sole purpose is to help serve the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in society.
We support a charity, Stand International, which has a long history of providing help and support to those with fewer opportunities here in Scotland, and in more recent years to those in need in Belarus, Ukraine, Romania and Ghana.
In fact, our STAND tartan has been designed exclusively using colours that represent each of these countries. Every time you buy something from our website or when you visit our stall at a fair, you are supporting the wonderful work of STAND International and doing your bit to make the world or a more just and better place – for that we are incredibly grateful.
Social Impact Declaration: Social-Impact-Declaration_Silver-Stag.pdf
Social Impact Statements:
Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.
1) Providing funding for project to support the unemployed
We provided funding for the set up of a 10 acre rice farm in Jasiken in Ghana to be established which will employ 10-12 long term unemployed. The farm will then use the profits to fund 3 projects , establish a local school for orphans, establish a training center for disabled adults and women who have experienced abusive relationships with men to learn to sew using sewing machines.
They will then provide micro finance to allow the newly qualified learners to secure a loan to buy a sewing machine. The sewers will then be able to produce goods for market which will allow the families to send their children to school.
2) Funding a supported employment scheme
We have provided funding to establish a supported employment scheme for disabled adults in Belarus. Belarus has a poor understanding of disability and the project is challenging national stereotypes showing that disabled people have something to offer the community.
3) Providing training opportunities
We provide opportunities for young people in Scotland affected by homelessness and its related issues to make soap and candles which we then sell under our Silver Stag logo.
This benefits their self esteem and allows them to develop skills which can be transferred into a more regular work place.