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My journey with Poached Creative

Pic: Tobias. Yousif Farrah outside the Poached Creative offices at Bootstrap.

Pic: Tobias. Yousif Farrah outside the Poached Creative offices at Bootstrap.

By Yousif Farrah

Poached Creative is a social enterprise communications agency, that puts creative jobs in reach for disadvantaged people. As their Volunteer Press Officer I can speak firsthand of how they make a positive impact on people’s lives.

Two years ago I was made homeless and had to drop out of University. It was at this time that I also experienced the loss of close relatives and life started to spin out of control. I ended up in prison and life seemed so bleak. I could not see any light at the end of the tunnel.

I genuinely believed that it was the end. Fortunately, upon my release from prison I began to receive support from homeless charity St Mungo’s Broadway and they told me about The Big Issue online journalism programme, which trains homeless and marginalised people in journalism and photography. Continue reading

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We Walk The Line, kickstarting employment opportunities

We Walk The Line supporters enjoying their ice cream and espresso delights!

We Walk The Line supporters, enjoying their ice cream and espresso delights, at Launch event.

We Walk the Line is a social enterprise that empowers tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, by providing the skills they need to sell great tasting artisanal coffee as their own boss.

The social enterprise provides employment and training opportunities for young people who need a break, or disadvantaged individuals who need a second chance. Continue reading

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PHASES, renovating empty homes into affordable rentals

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Glen Heaton, project manager at PHASES

By Rooney John

PHASES (People Housing and Social Enterprise Scheme) is a South London based social enterprise charity. Their main goal is to renovate disused properties in South London, using trainees that are marginalised, long term unemployed, ex-offenders or those who have experienced homelessness.

Set up in 2001 the charity was originally called Advocates for Homeless, providing advice and support to homeless people in South London. Speaking about the change of focus for the charity Glen Heaton, project manager at PHASES said: “We focused on advice for about five years then we realised a lot of homeless people had careers in construction and then had drug or alcohol problems and then there were empty properties that could be used as construction projects so putting the two together seemed bit of a no brainer.” Continue reading

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MakeBelieve Arts, using storytelling to re-engage children with learning

Pic: Sana.

Pic: Sana.

By Rooney John

“Stories have got magic in them. It’s in the walls, it’s in their hands, it’s everywhere.”

MakeBelieve Arts offers innovative, high quality programmes to develop the creative, emotional and cognitive potential of children and young people across the UK. Based in Deptford, South London the educational theatre company and social enterprise believe in the power of story to re-engage children with learning.

MakeBelieve Arts use storytelling and theatre to teach subjects across the curriculum, including English, Drama, Mathematics and Science. Their aim is to change the way children engage with learning through creative education, giving them the skills to cope within an increasingly complex world. Continue reading

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We Walk the Line, changing peoples lives through coffee

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By Christopher Ubsdell

A faint aroma of coffee strangely drifts through the entrance of a charity shop in East London. Inside a man is producing fine cups of artisan coffee, on a gleaming red tricycle and coffee cart.

Kieron Tilley, the co-founder of We Walk the Line explained the idea behind locating a coffee making tricycle in a charity shop and the system that brewed the result.

We Walk the Line is a not for profit social enterprise that helps young and disadvantaged people become their own boss, by teaching people the skills and attributes they need to run their own business.

Tilley believes there are not enough opportunities for marginalised people to set themselves up in business. He said: “It seemed to us that there weren’t many mechanisms out there to support those young and disadvantaged people into self employment status. So we came up with this idea, to offer an apprenticeship in business and barista skills, with the end goal of using these skills to set up on your own, running a micro coffee business.” Continue reading

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Petit Miracle, bringing the best out of people and furniture

Pic: Ve. Petite Miracle's Director Elisicia Moore

Pic: Ve. Petite Miracle’s Director Elisicia Moore

By Marco Meert

At the entrance, a real piece of modern art, a glass tabletop with crockery inserted in it creates a striking entrance and reflects the motto of the social enterprise: ‘Giving people and furniture a second chance.’

Petit Miracles creates beautiful bespoke furniture at an affordable price, while diverting furniture from landfill and creating training opportunities for disadvantaged London residents. To add extra social value Petit Miracle also occupies empty commercial property and is currently located at the West12 Shopping Centre, in Shepherds Bush.

The shop offers a broad range of up-cycled furniture, restored antiques and vintage items, mixing style and colours with an equal blend of contemporary and classic pieces. The social enterprise clearly has its finger firmly on the pulse of contemporary design, as their eye-catching restorations transform tired old furniture into fashionable, fun and quirky items for the modern home. Continue reading

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Social Enterprise Wins Second Swimming Award

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Credit : Xander from Yellowknife, NT, Canada

by Sana Amos

Leisure centre operator GLL has won an award at the annual Amateur Swimming Association’s Swimtastic Awards, held at Birmingham on the 18th of October.

GLL came second in Facility Operator of the Year category, having won 1st place in 2013.

It’s opening of the London Aquatics Centre and the launch of  Tom Daley Diving Academy acted as great examples of 2012 Olympic legacy.

GLL’s initiatives to increase participation in competitive, fitness and public swimming as well as Swimming Teacher’s Academy were recognised as the winning contributors.

It’s Academy graduate Rachel Cooper grabbed a gold award as Swim Teacher of the Year.

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Spark+Mettle, helping young people create better lives

Pic: Chris Cain. Eugenie Teasley, director, Spark+Mettle

Pic: Chris Cain. Eugenie Teasley, director, Spark+Mettle

By Mark Mc Donagh

Spark+Mettle is a youth charity and social enterprise that helps 18-24 year olds, from less privileged backgrounds, pursue a life that they love and a career that will make them happy.

By providing training and arranging work placements Spark+Mettle enables its young people to create their own professional networks and move towards sustainable employment. I had the pleasure of meeting its director Eugenie Teasley. She is clearly passionate about the social enterprise and the role it plays in helping young people build their character strengths, soft skills and networks. Continue reading

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Evergreening the elderly, the story of Rootless Garden

Pic: Frances. The Rootless Garden team; Daniela Cabral, Nadia Daghistani and Indie Shergill.

By Adrian Whyatt.

A day centre garden once in need of some fresh energy is now surrounded by a riot of colourful pots and plants in full bloom. And happy smiling members.

How did this come about?

A small group of gardeners from the centre joyously painted and planted them, with support, tuition and materials from Rootless Garden. The social enterprise goes into care homes, day centres, churches and other places where the elderly meet, such as social clubs and pubs. They bring gardening projects into these settings.

Rootless Garden are ‘micropreneurs’: a tiny entrepreneurial company. They registered last year as a company and have two directors and co-founders, Nadia Daghistani and Indie Shergill. Daniela Cabral, their Business Development Associate is working there for 3 months. Continue reading

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Social entrepreneur Eugenie Teasley

Pic: Chris Cain. Eugenie Teasley, director, Spark+Mettle

Pic: Chris Cain. Eugenie Teasley, director, Spark+Mettle

By Chris Cain.

Eugenie Teasley, the founder and executive director of Spark+Mettle, is a passionate person whose aim is to help young people from less privileged backgrounds to flourish and fulfill their potential.

She was born and raised in Oxford and after graduating with a degree in English and media studies went on to teach same subjects in a secondary school for around two and a half years, which she loved. However she realised that she wanted to help young people outside of the academic setting.

Euginie then went to California to do a master’s in education at Berkley, which led to working for a non profit education organisation in San Francisco.

Today she lives in Brighton and set up Spark+Mettle almost 3 years ago. Speaking about running the venture she said: “There are so many great [organisations] in the social sector and it is a really exciting time to be involved in it in the UK.”

To find out more about Spark+Mettle visit their website

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