My definition of ‘Third Sector’ in laymans terms is: An organisation that does not fit into the ‘Public Sector’ or ‘Private Sector’ categories because the purpose of activity is to serve society on a ‘non-Governmental’ and ‘not-for-profit’ basis.
Make sense? Well, charities, social enterprises, voluntary & community groups et al are all ‘Third Sector’ organisations.
‘Not-for-profit’!? But “Why?” you may ask?
5 years ago, the thought of doing good for society was a romantic notion that made me feel good about myself as a “some day I am going to” moment. But at the time I was stuck in a ‘proper job’ getting paid an enviable salary because I loved money (and spending it) too much to even think that charitable work was something I really planned to do.
However, it was the pursuit of money that led me to open my eyes about the real world and the importance of giving in order to receive. When I say ‘give to receive’ I don’t even mean in monetary terms. By using the skills I learnt from the ‘Private Sector’ (whilst being miserable) I would be able to help disadvantaged groups/people whilst making a social impact. In return, I am now on a path to living a fulfilled and much happier life.
After the birth of my son in early 2009, I made the decision to start a social enterprise called Enterprise Start-Up & Development Association (www.esuda.co.uk). As the name suggests, we help businesses to start and grow with advice and support services – mainly for free. My passion is to help women and charitable groups/social enterprises. This allows me to make a difference for the likes of disabled children, the elderly, animals and even individuals that just need some guidance. The best part is that I get to take my son to most of my appointments.
At the end of the day I get to go home guilt free with no pressure of ‘targets’ knowing I have made a difference. This is my wonderful world of the ‘Third Sector’