Workshops for disability-focused community organisations announced

24 February 2017

Social Investment Business is teaming up with Disability Rights UK to host ‘Big Potential & Social Investment Explained’ events for disability-focused charities and social enterprises.

With further local authority cuts on the horizon in 2017, many disability-focused organisations are looking to prepare themselves for the challenging times ahead.

The workshops will explore how social investment can help charities and social enterprises in a challenging business environment through improving their sustainability and helping them grow their impact.

Funded by Big Lottery Fund, Big Potential offers bespoke support and grants of between £20,000 and £150,000 to help organisations become ready to take on investment. The £20m fund has recently been extended until the end of 2017, giving more charities and social enterprises the opportunity to apply for a grant.

The link to register for each event is below:

Many disability-focused organisations have already taken advantage of Big Potential grant funding such as Disability Resource Centre (DRC), a Birmingham-based charity that provides services and employability training for disabled people.

DRC received a grant of £26,420 to help them develop their ‘Help at Home’ service model and scale up to the point where they could obtain a £100,000 loan.

Disability Rights UK spokesman, Tony Stevens, said:

“We encourage all our members and the wider community of disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) to come along and find out if social investment is right for them. The day should offer a great opportunity to increase your awareness and meet with other leaders facing similar situations”.