New award winners
Here are some of the people and their ideas we have recently funded through the Millennium Awards Trust and Social Entrepreneurs Fund: http://www.firstportfunding.org.uk/funds/
Scott Francis – Convert Dirt (Angus). A mountain bike and cycling enterprise that aims to tackle the lack of provision of cycling in Angus. The vision is to create a dedicated Mountain Bike, BMX and cycle coaching school and facility to act as a hub for riders in the Angus region.
Margaret-Anne Lawrie – Tri-Angus (Angus). A social enterprise aiming to run triathlon events in Angus. The enterprise will benefit community development, provide an economic boost to the area and will help to encourage tourism and regeneration.
David McHarg – Pick Up and Play Project (Glasgow). A social enterprise providing practical training to recycle and repair donated stringed instruments and old tools for the purpose of offering a creative and meaningful activity.
David Paton – Montrose Playhouse Project (Angus). The enterprise plans to undertake a long-term project to renovate a derelict town centre premises to provide a new community facility that will incorporate an independent cinema, arts & music venue, cafe & community hub and meeting room space for local organisations.
Jacqueline Whiteford – Fouters Group (South Ayrshire). The enterprise has two main objectives: to take the long term unemployed and give them basic training in bar & restaurant service, and to support the local small hospitality businesses in the area.
Donna Campbell (Glasgow). An an alcohol and drug free cafe/club venue in the centre of Glasgow. Although catering primarily for people in recovery from addictions, their family and friends, the social enterprise will be open to members of the general public seeking an alternative way to socialise.
Linda Dempster – Comfort Zone Alternative Therapies SCIO (Glasgow). It will offer a range of alternative therapies including counselling, hypnotherapy, therapeutic massage, reiki and reflexology to individuals in North Glasgow targeting people with mental health problems and people with substance misuse as part of their recovery.
Matthew Lygate – The Dream Machine (Glasgow). Using light, music and sound, the Dream Machine will provide immersive sensory experiences to people with a range of additional support needs. Matt will pilot his work in partnership with a Glasgow based mental health support organisation.
Jamie Mallan – Glasgow East Family Holiday Co-operative (Glasgow). The enterprise will offer families in the East End of Glasgow the opportunity to go on an annual caravan holiday in Scotland.
Betty Mhiripiri – Hwupenyu Health and Wellbeing (Renfrewshire). A Glasgow based advice and counselling service to assist African people who are living with HIV/AIDS and other related health problems.
Jamie Tetsill – Shape of Things Project (Falkirk). An arts social enterprise for disabled people in Falkirk and Glasgow. It will offer screen printing and other creative workshops to groups of disabled people. The main objectives are to empower disabled people, help them gain new skills and increase their employability.
Angela Fitzsimons – I Am Bikes (North Lanarkshire). An organisation which was set up to promote cycling and wellbeing, with a purpose to recycle unwanted bikes and so provide employment and training opportunities for members of the community.
Sylvia Douglas – MsMissMrs (Glasgow). A social venture set up to address poor self care and low self esteem and their effects. MsMissMrs offers a range of workshops targeting disadvantaged, vulnerable or exploited women.
Nicole Diamond – The Jack and Jill Market (Edinburgh). The Jack & Jill Market is a quality nearly-new baby & children’s market, with monthly markets targeting mums with children 0-9,which is already established in 12 out of the 32 Council regions of Scotland.
Angela Moohan – The Larder Cook School (West Lothian). The vision for the future of The Larder is that it becomes the leading social enterprise in West Lothian by operating a number of food related businesses that create employment, deliver training for young unemployed people, provide work experience opportunities; offer commercial cookery experiences and leisure and educational activities for older people and communities.