Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs helping people with disabilities

yourideastartshere30 social entrepreneurs have joined the year-long programme with the aim to help people with disabilities 

Following the success of the pilot scheme, which launched in April 2012, the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs programme will welcome 30 further budding social entrepreneurs to the programme this autumn to help them turn their social enterprise projects, helping people with disabilities, into reality.  They are:

  • Schadia Boueiri, Golborne, Start Up Yorkshire and Humber School – People First Support:  a user led project for people with learning difficulties who are expected to take up employment
  • Claire-Marie Vyse, Liskeard, Start Up Cornwall – Get Together-Cornwall: support for people diagnosed with Autism, Asperger’s and other medically related disabilities
  • Steve Metcalfe, Maidenhead, Start Up North West School – Music Junction CIC – Stephen is setting up a music and performing arts facility in the North East which will work with creative people who are disadvantaged through disabilities and/ or drug or alcohol related problems
  • Ben Thomas, Manchester, Scale Up North West – Start Creative: a wholly owned subsidiary of the charity Start in Salford offering opportunities and experience to Salford residents experiencing mental health
  • Ilva Rollason, Salford, Start Up Salford – IDS Services: a new day support service for people with learning disabilities and difficulties in the Wigan area
  • Anita Usai, Havant, Start Up Hampshire – Chaos Cuisine: a food company providing sustainable employment to young adults with learning disabilities
  • George Nish, Start Up Scotland is founder of ‘Acorn – Social Enterprise’, which has the ultimate aim of offering training and volunteering opportunities to help people with mental health needs. It will offer training and work experience in manufacturing and retail techniques.
  • Lisa Stepanovic, Tower Hamlets, Start Up London – a website providing uplifting stories for those with ADHD and other mental health issues
  • Jo Webster, Liverpool, Scale Up North West – Diverse Road Safety: provides driver training to people who find driving more of a challenge including those with learning difficulties and physical impairments
  • Mahe Gladdon, Middlesbrough, Start Up Middlesbrough – Jack in the Box North West:  provides ‘stay and play and engage’ family centred short break activities for families with disability or additional needs
  • Hadyn Davies, Skipton, Start Up Leeds – Incontrol: proposes to design a quality assurance system led by user groups to assess the quality of care services in regulated and non-regulated social care organisations
  • Francis Lyford, Alnwick, Start Up Leeds – Waffling On:  a pilot project where young people with learning difficulties and disabilities made and sold waffles at a market stall
  • Emma Wilson, Doncaster, Start Up Leeds – Artistic Spectrum:  provides art therapy to people with autism; organises regional and national exhibitions of art by autistic people; and provides training and consultancy support
  • Graeme Croton, Erdington, Start Up West Midlands – Project Aspie: supports people with Asperger’s Syndrome through online signposting, training sessions for health professionals and mentoring for young people affected
  • Lisa Mace, Birmingham, Start Up West Midlands – Autism Birmingham: provides practical support and equipment for families in the West Midlands with children that are Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosed
  • Jenaitre Farquharson, Birmingham, Start Up West Midlands – Shine You Project: Inspiring Your Creativity: aims to foster empowerment and social integration of disabled people and help them to release their creative potential
  • Stephanie Seargant, Birmingham, Start Up West Midlands – Energ-eyes: works with existing support groups in the Midlands for blind and visually impaired people, to demonstrate and lead discussions on various forms of technology
  • Jane Hatton, Kingswinford, Scale Up London – Evenbreak: a not-for-profit specialist job board supporting disabled candidates
  • Gilly Bryerley, Hebden Bridge, Scale Up North West – Purple Patch: runs weekly arts education courses and social activities both in care homes and out in the community  for people with learning disabilities
  • Roger Wilson-Hinds, Orton Wistow, Scale Up London School – Screenreader CIC:  provides visually impaired and print disabled people with the opportunity to communicate using a talking computer for free through online software, disability assistive software and training
  • Suleman Amin, Glasgow  – Homecare UK: a befriending service for older peopleand people with disabilities, where volunteers can meet their new friend once a week and spend time with them as a friend would
  • Jenny Stephany, Harrow, Start Up London – Positive Connections:  enhances human wellbeing in partnership with companion animals, particularly helping the elderly or those with long-term conditions
  • Kerrie-Lee Barr, Leeds, Scale Up North West – Foodworks: helps train and develop adults with disability in the catering sector
  • Ian Crosby, Manchester, Start Up North West : aims to promote social inclusion through inclusive and disability sports
  • Clair Martin, Waterlooville – Caterpillar Crafts: aims to inspire inclusion through creative outdoor learning, supporting children and young people with a disability and/ or additional needs
  • Claire Murray, Edinburgh – Emotion Works:  a project set up to provide innovative solutions to emotional learning and communication, especially for those who face additional challenges in their life due to disability or disadvantage
  • Christian Hearn, Cornwall, Start Up Cornwall – Nurture Green: offering work experience opportunities, careers advice and motivational packages to unemployed youth and disabled through outdoor activities, working with local forestry and gardening companies
  • Juliet Lockhart, Ipswich, Start Up East – arts skill course for young people aged 14 – 24, suffering from mental health problems
  • JJ Formento, Oxford, Start Up London – AJOS Youth Dance for Positive Social Change:  a dance group for 8 – 19 year olds with the main themes of the dance being social injustice regarding ethnicity, sexuality, disability and age
  • Chris Lee, Royston, Start Up East School – The Repair Shed:  aims to assist potentially vulnerable men, with or without mild mental ill health and/ or disability aged over 50, by providing meaningful activity in a shed-like environment

These social entrepreneurs will receive either a ‘Start Up’ grant of £4,000 or a ‘Scale Up’ grant of £15,000, training and development to help them grow their ideas and, by doing so, make a difference to people with disabilities in their local community.

Graham Lindsay, Group Director, Responsible Business, Lloyds Bank, said: “I would like to wish the best of luck to our new cohort of entrepreneurs who are just starting on the journey of turning their idea into reality. We believe that social entrepreneurs have real potential to deliver a positive impact on society, and our partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs sits right at the heart of our business strategy to help Britain prosper.”

Alastair Wilson, CEO of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, said: “This year we’re thrilled to be supporting almost 300 individuals with bright ideas for social change and look forward to seeing their enterprises develop over the course of the programme.”

To find out more about the programme, visit: www.yourideastartshere.co.uk

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