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Social enterprise graduates look to the future

Published: Fri, 7 Sep 2018
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Graduates pictured with South Down Area Manager outside the former police station
Two social entrepreneurs in Downpatrick are moving closer to achieving their visions after completing a specialist qualification, thanks to support from us.
Dan McEvoy and Macartan Digney of Downpatrick Community Collective were among nine graduates of the Advanced Diploma in Social Enterprise course at the Ulster University Business School in July this year.
They received funding from our Social Housing Enterprise Investment programme to complete their studies, as well as financial support from the Flax Trust who work with the School for Social Enterprise Ireland to deliver the course.
Dan McEvoy said:
“Completing the Advanced Diploma has enabled me to learn more about what is involved in social enterprise, and both myself and Macartan are looking forward to putting what we’ve learned into practice. Our vision is to transform a former police station into a 30 bedroom hotel and community hub, with profits being reinvested back into community projects. We are very grateful to the Housing Executive for supporting us in our studies.”
Loma Wilson, our South Down Area Manager, said:
“We are delighted to have supported Dan, Macartan and the others who completed the Social Enterprise Diploma, as they can now use what they’ve learned to make a real difference to the communities in which they live. Social enterprises have huge benefits to the local economy and helps regenerate communities by providing important services, delivering projects and providing training and employment. We wish all the graduates of the programme every success in the future.”
More information about the Advanced Diploma in Social Enterprise which is part of the new ‘Transform’ programme at Ulster University can be found on the website
To find out more about the our Social Enterprise programme email