MY oh my! Enterprise funding for local projects

Posted on 13/05/2014 by

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MY Adventure

MY Adventure

North Edinburgh’s MY Adventure and Fresh Start are among eight Edinburgh-based third sector projects to receive a share of £2.1m enterprise funding, it was announced today.

Enterprising third sector organisations will benefit from a further £2.1 million in grants to help them deliver services to vulnerable people in communities across Scotland. The cash, spread between 28 organisations, will be awarded through the Enterprise Ready Fund.

Finance Secretary John Swinney and Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess visited Dalry Primary School, to see first hand the work of My Adventure (Edinburgh) Ltd, one of the projects to receive a finance boost through the fund.

Mr Swinney said: “I would like to congratulate all the 28 organisations that have been successful in securing their share of the £2.1 million made available through the latest Enterprise Ready Fund round of awards.

“Each and every one of the recipients are working in their own unique way to become more self-sufficient but more importantly for me, they are creating change at a local level.

“These organisations are excellent examples of how the sector is helping to create a fairer and more inclusive Scotland. This investment will help them deliver important services and opportunities to people across the country.

“My Adventure (Edinburgh) Ltd is a great example of an organisation providing training and employment opportunities to young people who are struggling to find work.

“We are working hard to address these employment challenges for young people through our Opportunities for All, which guarantees everyone aged between 16 and 19 is offered a place in training or education. We have also created thousands of additional Modern Apprenticeship places bringing our total target to 30,000 every year by 2020.”

The Enterprise Ready Fund gives priority to applications that mitigate the effects of welfare reform in Scotland.

Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess said: “For My Adventure (Edinburgh) Ltd this award will give them the opportunity to expand their service and increase their engagement.

“While we are already doing so much to mitigate the effects of welfare reform in Scotland, with independence, a welfare system aligned to our education system can address child poverty and educational under-achievement.

“We want to develop a society that not only provides fair support and decent opportunities for all but also protects the vulnerable in our society. The only way to guarantee that is to have possession of the powers to deliver it.”

The fund is being delivered by a consortium of third sector organisations led by Foundation Scotland in partnership with Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEiS), Developing Strathclyde Ltd (DSL) and Social Value Lab.

Foundation Scotland’s Chief Executive Giles Ruck said: “We have been impressed with the wide range and quality of applications we have received so far, which showcase the innovative ways organisations plan to use their awards to make a real difference to the people and communities they serve.

“I would like to encourage new or developing third sector organisations who are considering applying to the Enterprise Ready Fund to do so before the final closing date of 16th of June.”

Case study: My Adventure (Edinburgh) Ltd

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My Adventure (Edinburgh) Ltd provides sustainable short and long term personal development, training and employment opportunities for young people disadvantaged in the labour market. This may be through a combination of factors such as poor literacy skills, a history of anti-social behaviour, limited or no qualifications, or physical or mental health issues.

The organisation works with individuals to train and recruit them to deliver My Adventure’s range of commercial activities, for example climbing, cycling, coasteering, camping and equipment hire.

My Adventure (Edinburgh) Ltd has two full-time staff, three part-time staff, five sessional workers and two volunteers. The organisation will use the Enterprise Ready Fund award of £48,716 to expand its services within the corporate market. It will enable the organisation to purchase a minibus, and recruit a new member of staff who will focus on securing new corporate contracts.

It is expected that the investment will increase engagement and participation by up to 100 young people. The experience, confidence and skills gained by them will improve their chances of gaining long term employment, and improve the sustainability of the organisation, making it less reliant on grant funding in the future.

Jonny Kinross from My Adventure (Edinburgh) Ltd said: “This ERF grant will help ensure the sustainability and growth of My Adventure. By investing in a specific Corporate Sales and Marketing Manager we will be able to forge links with new customers, deliver fantastic opportunities to our clients and most importantly, drive our social impact forward – creating more training and job opportunities for young people.

“This investment will change the lives of 12 young people, who were furthest from the labour market when they joined our team and enable them to deliver activities locally to in excess of 100 children and young people as well as become confident enough to deliver to the corporate sector.

“By investing in social enterprise the Scottish Government is not just ensuring we meet these outcomes this year but will ensure we benefit the people of Muirhouse for years to come.”

The full list of Enterprise Ready Fund awards (Orgamisation, amount and local authority area) announced today:

Almond Valley Heritage Trust £103,772 West Lothian

Atholl Baptist Centre Ltd £117,343 Perth & Kinross

Canongate Youth Project £53,122 City of Edinburgh

Carrick Centre £32,439 South Ayrshire

Community Enterprise £138,632 West Lothian

Community Food Initiatives North East £144,691 Aberdeen City

COPE Ltd £112,312 Shetland Islands

Crossroads (Fife Central) Care Attendant Scheme £64,714 Fife

Footprints Connect £47,900 Aberdeen City

Forth Sector £250,000 City of Edinburgh

Forth Valley Social Enterprises £48,966 Forth Valley

Freespace £79,782 City of Edinburgh

Fresh Start (Scotland) £65,965 City of Edinburgh

Glasgow Watersports £47,374 Glasgow

LINKnet Mentoring £37,250 City of Edinburgh

Livingston Credit Union £33,940 West Lothian

Locavore £50,000 Glasgow

Maryhill Mobile Creche £73,931 Glasgow

My Adventure (Edinburgh) Ltd £48,716 City of Edinburgh

New Caledonian Woodlands £76,110 City of Edinburgh

Promoters Art Network £50,000 Highland

Senscot Legal £54,250 City of Edinburgh

Skidaddle £50,000 Stirling

Social Enterprise in East Lothian £99,376 East Lothian

Spruce Carpets £88,550 Glasgow

Theatre Nemo £47,061 Glasgow

Twechar Community Action £32,469 East Dunbartonshire

Whiteinch Centre Ltd £88,280 Glasgow

Further information and full details of the Enterprise Ready Fund can be found at: http://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/grants-and-funding-for-organisations/what-grants-are-available/enterprise-ready-fund.aspx

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