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Council part of project focused on social entrepreneurship and digital opportunities

01 December 2021
Derry City and Strabane District Council are taking part in a new European project focused on horizontal policies to support social entrepreneurship and digital opportunities.
'The Horizontal Policies and Practices for Inclusive Societies in Europe' project, also known as HOPE, is funded by the European Commission's COSME Programme and is working on the development of horizontal policies to support social economy at local and regional level.
These good practices will help to decrease isolation and enhance inclusivity and entrepreneurial activities.
The new priorities of the European Commission 2019-2024 indicate shifting towards a more sustainable and entrepreneurial economy within the European Green Deal as one of the main goals. Fostering social innovation at local, regional, and inter-regional level will be crucial to support green transition and stimulate cohesion and inclusiveness.
The project is led by the City of Seinäjoki in Finland, and other partners alongside Derry City and Strabane District Council include the City of Maribor in Slovenia and the EU wide network, ERNACT.
Maribor hosted the second virtual session of the project, entitled 'Good practices on Inclusive Societies through Social Entrepreneurship and Digital Opportunities' on the 4th and 5th of October. During the workshop, several best practices implemented in the partner countries were identified which, in Northern Ireland, included Ruby's Fitness App; Reimagine, Remake, Replay; Kippie; The Nerve Centre; and the Social Enterprise Hub.
You can find out more about HOPE project good practices at https://hopeproject-cosme.eu/GoodPractices