Oct 29, 2019
Eight local organisations have been awarded a place on the Health and Wellbeing Trade Up Programme. The programme – run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) in partnership with us – is nurturing exciting social enterprises that support our goals to help reduce childhood obesity and slow down people’s progression to multiple long-term conditions.
The social businesses selected run a range of services for people in Lambeth or Southwark, from projects using outside space to provide local kids with play areas, to groups helping people with long-term conditions start their own businesses.
Through a comprehensive 12-month programme this group of entrepreneurs will be able to hone their ideas, share learnings and find effective ways to work together within the same local communities. As well as grant funding and peer support, the cohort will receive guidance from expert practitioners on how to develop their organisations and support to tackle challenges.
One of the entrepreneurs in the scheme, Felicia Boshorin, leads a project that offers healthy meals and activities to local children during school holidays. "I look forward to learning more about how to identify multiple and diverse income streams. We have just entered into an agreement with another socially-driven local organisation to deliver Holiday Meals, and the programme will definitely help my organisation be more independent and allow me to grow as a leader.”
The Health and Wellbeing Trade Up programme is an example of our layered, whole-systems approach to driving better urban health. Supporting social entrepreneurs adds to the range of initiatives we’re backing in our place from across sectors. This project is also a new way for us to help entrepreneurial ideas succeed, by supplementing trading income with grants and providing training and support.
“We aim to work with a wide range of partners across different sectors, in order to tackle complex health issues from different angles” says Matt Towner, our Portfolio Manager leading on the project. “With SSE we are keen to find fantastic social enterprises from our boroughs that support the health and wellbeing of local residents. We also want to trial the Trade Up programme which offers a range of support including grant-funding that pound-for-pound matches any increase in income from trading. Through this, we hope to support the sustainability of these entrepreneurs as they grow. We’ve found some great enterprises that will help tackle childhood obesity and support the health of those living with, or at risk of developing, several long-term conditions. Some shared contacts and opportunities have already emerged among the cohort, and we’re excited to see where we end up.”
SSE CEO Alastair Wilson is also encouraged by the potential for growth in these enterprises. “Being awarded a place on the Health and Wellbeing Trade Up Programme marks out these organisations as leaders with the potential to take their impact to the next level. We are delighted to be supporting them on the journey to improving the health of people living in Lambeth and Southwark. We’re aiming to help all participants develop new skills and build a network of peer support.”
The eight social enterprises selected are:
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