Beckton entrepreneur offering social enterprise workshops

Adeola Osunbade (left) with Neneh Jalloh, Maria Sabadini and Arte Faci from The 5es at Beckton Globe

Adeola Osunbade (left) with Neneh Jalloh, Maria Sabadini and Arte Faci from The 5es at Beckton Globe Library's Winter festival - Credit: Archant

A social entrepreneur who helps train unemployed parents is offering others the chance to learn more about starting up their own social enterprise.

Mum-of-three Adeola Osunbade, 46, launched The5es two years ago, financing the teaching she offers to ex-offenders, migrants and non-English speakers with a mobile crèche and mobile juice car services.

Now through her new venture, Space4Me, she will offer support for anyone interested in social enterprise through monthly workshops, starting on Saturday, February 27, at Mansfield House, in Avenons Road, Plaistow.

“With a social enterprise you’re supporting other people, and they can actually see the benefits of what you’re doing,” she said.

“It’s all about putting your profits back into the business model.”

Adeola, who lives in Beckton, started out as project manager for East Thames housing association, before becoming a parent coach with homeless charity Crisis.

Now running weekly coaching sessions at Beckton Globe Library, in Kingsford Way, and the Newham African Caribbean Resource Centre, in Barking Road, Plaistow, she also coordinates the Newham Foodbank.

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“If you want to help the children, you’ve got to help the parents,” she added. “I call it ‘aspire to inspire.’

“If the parents aren’t happy, then neither will their children, so by equipping them with skills for work, it will only benefit their children.”

For more information email info@the5es.org or call 07957767347.

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