Ashley Community Housing (ACH) works to change the perception of refugees and help them integrate into communities in the West of England and the West Midlands. In 2014 they applied for Big Potential funding.
Moving On work with young people aged 16–25 across County Durham who are homeless or affected by homelessness. Whether they face relationship breakdown, financial difficulties or are fleeing domestic abuse, Moving On support young people to find accommodation, manage money and provide support to help them sustain their tenancy and live independent lives.
The Disability Resource Centre (DRC) is a disability charity which operates in Birmingham, Solihull and the wider West Midlands. Founded in 1992, its mission is to support the lives of disabled people and those with long-term health conditions, enabling them to seek out opportunities and achieve their full potential as individuals in mainstream society.
County Durham Furniture Help Scheme (CDFHS) is a charity which provides affordable furniture across County Durham and the North East.
Established in 2004, CDFHS’ goal is to link people with products they need, particularly furniture and domestic goods. New and second hand items are all sold at affordable prices and customer finance is available via the group’s partnership with a local credit union.
The Ecological Land Co-Operative was able to fulfil its objective and create affordable low-impact smallholdings in rural areas after receiving a capacity-building grant. Funding of £48,820 allowed the group to successfully launch a community shares venture.
FareShare has had its confidence knocked a number of times in pursuit of its social mission. But since taking on social investment it is gutsier than ever as it tackles the gargantuan issue of food waste in the UK.
Pioneers Post spoke to FareShare CEO Lindsay Boswell about how the organisation has changed for the better since it won social investment.
In the UK, an enormous amount of food gets wasted along the supply chain of the food industry. FareShare’s conservative estimate is that 400,000 tonnes of food goes to waste every year.
If social investment provided the answer to austerity, “that would be fantastic”. Jeremy Swain, CEO of London-based homelessness charity Thames Reach, talks pitching, building relationships with investors and making the case for social investment to board members.
Social investment is “disruptive” by it’s very nature says CEO of Thames Reach Jeremy Swain midway through a hectic Tuesday afternoon in the office.
Network, network, network – managing director of Chime Social Enterprise Jonathan Parsons shares the lessons he's learnt whilst at the helm of the only audiology NHS spin out on track to be considered social investment ready.