Social Economy

Footprints Social Enterprise developed because of a need to find new and innovative solutions to social and economic issues facing the women users in the Colin Area of Outer West Belfast and the charity that is Footprints Women’s Centre.

Social Economy Enterprise – Local Economic Development

It is acknowledged that by using solutions to achieve not-for-profit aims, the social economy has a distinct and valuable role to play in helping create a strong, sustainable, prosperous and inclusive society. Successful social economy organisations can play an important role in helping deliver many key governmental policy objectives by:

  • helping to drive up productivity and competitiveness;
  • contributing to socially inclusive wealth creation;
  • enabling individuals and communities to work towards regenerating their local neighbourhoods;
  • showing new ways to deliver public services; and
  • Helping to develop an inclusive society and active citizenship.

Trading History

Footprints Women’s Centre has a long history in trading, going back as far as 1997 when Footprints formed a catering company in order to create jobs and generate a profit that could be used to deliver much needed services for women and children in the Colin area of Outer West Belfast.

We have come a long way since then and in 2003 we combined our trading activities, which are mainly catering and private day care, to create Footprints Trading Ltd. Today we employ a total of 38 staff across the two companies, Footprints Women’s Centre and Footprints Trading Ltd, with 16 of these staff sustained through the social enterprise organisation. We provide 34 full time day care places to support working parents in the area and also place children in our facility through a service level agreement with the local Health Services Trust. We are developing a strong and loyal customer base for both the on-site cafe and the function catering service

The Future

Footprints Women’s Centre continues to search for trading opportunities and this is confirmed by the steadily increasing turnover that provides profits which are covenanted to the charitable arm of the Women’s Centre and help to improve the lives of women and children in the Colin Area.