DYW WH Presents the Awards at the Social Enterprise Awards for Schools!

Event Background

Every year, numerous pupils from different Highlands and Islands based schools make their way to the annual Marketplace and Awards Ceremony at Eden Court, Inverness. The event is organised by the fantastic Social Enterprise Academy and allows pupils to showcase their individual projects to different stakeholders before each winning school is presented with an award after being recognised for the strength, skill and confidence needed to start a unique, social enterprise project in their schools.

The Benefits of Social Enterprise Projects in Schools

The creation of social enterprise projects in schools is highly beneficial as pupils in primary and secondary schools learn how to become “business savvy” as they develop effective team working behaviour as well as creative thinking, problem solving, finance and customer service skills.
Pupils learn how to create effective business plans and projects that can be beneficial to both the school and the wider community as social enterprise initiatives can include, for example, setting up community cafes, stationary shops, projects that tackle mental health and bullying issues, healthy eating promotion or recycling. Social Enterprise Academy firmly believe that social enterprise projects in schools can help make young people “Successful Learners, Effective Contributors, Confident Individuals and Responsible Citizens” which are also the four desirable capacities of Curriculum for Excellence.

Marketplace and Awards Ceremony 2018

This year at the Marketplace and Awards Ceremony 2018, DYW WH’s Colleen MacLean had the pleasure of talking about DYW and the benefits of social enterprise projects, before presenting attending schools with an award. Winning schools included Dornoch Academy for their chocolate production project, Kinlochleven High School for their successful Kinlochlovin’ project, Dingwall Academy for their Sunflower Café and Crown Primary School for their efforts in raising money for The Highland Hospice. Names of other winning schools included Kilchuimen Academy, Tain Royal Academy, Inverness High School, Crown Primary, Milton of Leys Primary School, Invergordon Academy, Culloden Academy, Drakies Primary School and Kinlochbervie Academy.

DYW WH Colleen MacLean said: “We were delighted to be asked to present the awards at the Highlands and Islands Social Enterprise in Schools Awards Ceremony. The event recognised the inspiring and enterprising work of so many young individuals in the Highlands.”

Rachel Farmer, School Programme Coordinator said: “All the young people here today have been involved in planning and setting up a sustainable business with a social purpose, from tackling social isolation to caring for wildlife to providing a community defibrillator and first-aid training. We’ve seen some really inspiring ideas from our young social entrepreneurs this year and we are excited to see more schools becoming involved next session.”

Winning schools also enjoyed the morning Marketplace opportunity which involved setting up stalls and showcasing their individual social enterprise produce to event visitors. The morning event also allowed pupils to demonstrate their exceptional team working, peer support and customer service skills. Winning projects were selected for their unique properties which included sustainability, clear trading activity and social issue profits. A massive congratulations go to all 12 schools for their individual creativity and hard work.


For further information about social enterprise in schools, please contact the Social Enterprise Academy by emailing [email protected] 

For information regarding how to get involved with DYW WH, please phone us on: 01397 705765 or pop in and see us at: Lochaber Chamber of Commerce, 15 High Street, Fort William, PH33 6DH. Alternatively, you can email us on: [email protected]