21st July: free visit to community-funded hydro scheme in Derbyshire

This trip has been organised by SMART Social Enterprise as part of their programme of support to community sustainability projects…

*SMART Social Enterprise visit*

The next SMART Social Enterprise visit is to:

WHERE: *Torrs Hydro*

ADDRESS: *90 Market Street**, New Mills, High Peak, Derbyshire SK22 4AA*

WHEN: *Wednesday 21st July 2010 from 11:00am – 2:00pm*

Cost: *FREE* (includes a networking lunch)

Delivered by: Richard Body, co-founder

SMART SE visits are open to anyone in the East Midlands with an interest in social enterprise.

Torrs Hydro is the UK’s first community-owned and funded hydropower scheme and a great example of the power of communities to take action and begin to address the challenges that climate change presents to us all.

It was founded in 2007 and incorporated as an industrial and provident society. Its corporate objectives are:

· Help regenerate the community and environmental sustainability of the New Mills area

· Advance education, particularly concerning asset-based community development and enterprises with a community or environmental focus

· Provide an opportunity for public-spirited people and organisations to contribute financially to the community, with the expectation of a social dividend, rather than personal financial reward.

For more information visit www.torrshydro.org <http://www.torrshydro.org/>. For a location map visit www.torrshydro.org/TorrsHydro/Visit-Us.html <http://www.torrshydro.org/TorrsHydro/Visit-Us.html>

To book your place on the visit please contact Fergus Brazel on 0115 875 8828 or e-mail fergus AT emsse.org.uk. Places are limited and on a strictly first-come, first-served basis, so you are advised to book early. For more information about the SMART SE project visit www.smartse.org.uk <http://www.smartse.org.uk/>.

Participants will develop a greater understanding of:

· the Industrial and Provident Society company structure and how it was the best fit for Torrs Hydro

· how the project came about and actually happened

· what is needed to build and maintain a community-owned renewable energy scheme

SMART SE is one of four projects recently commissioned by Social Enterprise East Midlands that will provide a significant boost to the support and training available to social enterprise in the region. Funded through Capacitybuilders, these projects address gaps in provision identified by the sector and are being delivered by organisations with a track record in supporting social enterprise in the region. SMART SE is delivered by East Midlands School for Social Entrepreneurs in partnership with the Development Trusts Association.

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