Ann Johnson from Shropshire is the latest recipient of the national Spark Award scheme to support people with a track record of making a difference in their communities.
UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, have partnered withSantanderto launch a new initiative to create a network of support for social enterprises in theUK.
The Spark campaign aims to create support networks for social entrepreneurs looking to address community needs. The two-year campaign will work with experienced social entrepreneurs to encourage the ‘passing on’ of advice and support to a new wave of social enterprise start-ups.
The scheme is being run by UnLtd and Santander to support people like Ann to pass on their knowledge, skills and experience to others – in the hope that more people will take a lead role in making their communities a better place to live.
Ann will be using the money to develop a peer to peer support group called The Junction Box for people with disabilities in Shropshire to build skills to become self-employed, with many people now being seen as fit to work Ann said ‘ I want this to be mean something valuable in people’s lives and with a higher percentage of people with disabilities taking up self-employment against those without a disability then this funding will provide the right environment for people to come together to make this happen’ This initiative aims to stimulate other potential leaders in the area and will benefit not just people with disabilities but those who provide care and support to them and with people turning interests into community businesses then the community will benefit as well.
Sheralee Morris ofSantandersays “UnLtd’s extensive network of social entrepreneurs will help to champion the Spark award scheme and give practical guidance to communities looking to tackle issues in their neighbourhoods through enterprise. By working with experienced entrepreneurs we’re hoping to help local communities create sustainable, practical enterprises that address social needs.”
Social entrepreneurs looking to engage with other entrepreneurs across their own networks or regions are able to apply for up to £500 to launch their initiative.
If you would like further information about this project The Junction Box please contact Ann Johnson of Wave-length CIC either on 01952 270404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes to Editor:
UnLtd is the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK and offers the largest such network in the world. UnLtd resources hundreds of individuals each year through its core Awards programme. UnLtd operates a unique model by investing directly in individuals and offering a complete package of resources; from Awards of funding, to on-going advice, networking and practical support.