The post of patron will involve promoting the fund by engaging with policy makers, professional bodies and enterprise-support organisations.
“We are delighted the Department of Health is continuing to promote the benefits of social enterprise,” said Ceri Jones, senior policy officer at enterprise-support organisatiton the Social Enterprise Coalition. “It’s vital that social enterprises get access to investment to operate effectively and deliver improved services for the benefit of both employees and patients.”
Health minister Ivan Lewis said: “Social enterprise has a strong track record of revolutionising services in other sectors and has the potential to transform the way services are delivered in health and social care.
“The Social Enterprise Investment Fund demonstrates our real commitment to supporting social enterprise in health and social care.”
Applications will be assessed by a panel and the final appointment made by Lewis. The patron will be an honorary role, although there will be an allowance for expenses.