Hume Social Enterprise Network (HSEN) is a network run by and for social enterprises and their champions to connect, support, and promote social enterprises across the twelve LGAs of Victoria's Hume Region.
As well as offering a local social enterprise community for those in Goulburn and Northeast Victoria, we’re also one of five Social Enterprise Network Victoria (SENVIC) regional leads, making us part of a greater ‘network of networks’ amplifying the voice and influence of the social enterprise community across Victoria and throughout Australia.
What we do
In a series of events held in 2020 and 2021 we asked existing and prospective social enterprises across the Hume region what they wanted from a network. They told us they wanted a community for local social enterprises that helped connect and support local social enterprise practitioners, and to promote the social enterprise business model.
We’re here to connect the founders, businesses, community groups, government, funders and other champions that make up the Hume Region social enterprise ecosystem.
We bring people together through online and in-person events and gatherings, tell you about opportunities and events from our partners, and offer connection points such as our LinkedIn and Facebook pages to those working locally to achieve social benefit through business.
Setting up and running a social enterprise can be as tough as it is rewarding, but you are not alone! Whether it's mentoring, a community of practice, or structured learning and development programs, we can help you find the resources you need.
We'll promote the social enterprise business model, encourage social procurement, and showcase the positive impact social enterprises are having in our local community.
If you are a social enterprise with a great service or product to share, let us know and we’ll do our best to promote you!
Who we are
Supported by the Upper Murray Regional Neighbourhood House Network (UMRNHN) and SENVIC, HSEN employs a part-time coordinator, Sophie, and has an active Advisory Group made up of experienced Social Enterprise founders and enablers to guide the network's development.
Current advisory group members are:
Pete Sacco, General manager, Social Enterprise Academy Australia, ACRE
Rebecca Crawley, Director, Dumu Balcony Café
Geoff Lodge, CEO, GV Community Energy Pty Ltd
Bev Hoffman, CEO, North East Local Learning and Employment Network
Ilena Young, Managing Director, Startup Shakeup
Sara Jenkins, Coordinator, Upper Murray Community Garage, Upper Murray Community Bakery and Corryong Neighbourhood Centre
Trish Curtis, Coordinator, Upper Murray Regional Neighbourhood House Network
Interested in joining us?
That would be great! We meet over Zoom every six weeks or so. Contact Sophie to find out more about it.
Connect with us!
We'd love to hear from you!
Contact Sophie to find out more about the network and to join our mailing list.
Sophie Rhys, HSEN Coordinator:
Page updated: 1 March 2023