UnLtd – Supporting Social Enterprise

We were approached to become a Star Partner with an organisation called UnLtd. UnLtd support people with a good business idea, which benefits the community, by offering them funding to get started and support to make their enterprise a success.

In Whitley Bay UnLtd offer the Star People programme, an award of up to £500 to test out an idea (Try It Award) up to £5000 to make an idea happen (Do It Award) and up to £15000 to take an established enterprise to the next level (Build It Award).

Our role is to support award winners in Whitley Bay, by offering a bit of practical support and planning, someone to talk things through with and pointing them in the direction of other support available locally.

There are some great enterprises supported by UnLtd in Whitley Bay – the Jam Jar Cinema, the Yoga Station, Coastal Media and Culture and many more.

We got involved in this work because we want to learn, we want to play our part locally and because we are nosy! We love being involved in things which go beyond what we normally do, you never know where it may take you – what we do know is that the more connections we have, the more people we support will benefit.

You can find out more about UnLtd here;

http://www.unltd.org.uk


Whitley Bay Big Local

We got involved with Whitley Bay Local just as we moved into our new building in Whitley Bay. There are 150 Big Local areas throughout the UK and they all get a grant of £1million pounds over 10 years – local people must get together to decide how that money will be spent to improve the town.

Working with Whitley Bay Big Local has been a real bonus, helping us, and more importantly, the people we support get more involved in what’s going on locally.

People we support have been really involved in things like the annual carnival, helping out at the Big Local shop and attending lots of events that Big Local supports.

We are much more visible in the town and we hope that we are respected as a helpful organisation with a lot to offer, and we hope the people we support are sen as having a lot to offer also.

You can read an article by Tim Keilty describing our efforts to become more of a community organisation here;

http://www.centreforwelfarereform.org/library/by-az/fighting-for-inclusion.html