New Year, Renewed Hope
The tree is down and the last mince pie has been eaten. We’re back to work and ready to keep on making a difference to the lives of people in Nottingham and beyond. Thanks to funding from UnLtd’s Inclusive Recovery Fund that task has become a little easier.
The Inclusive Recovery Fund is a £4.75 million fund to help social entrepreneurs in England, designed to help social entrepreneurs deliver their important services and grow their impact while adapting to the challenges the Coronavirus crisis has presented.
Funding is available thanks to a partnership with Comic Relief, matched by the Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport as part of the Government’s £750 million support package for charities.
Mark Norbury, Chief Executive, UnLtd, explains,
“We were astonished at the quality and number of applications for this fund, demonstrating a clear and continuing funding gap for high-potential social entrepreneurs across a breadth of causes, communities, venture-types and sectors. It’s evident that social entrepreneurs have the resilience, impact and potential to be front and centre of the UK’s recovery from COVID-19. Those funded today will be leading lights as we enter the next act of the coronavirus crisis – allowing us a glimpse of hope and optimism as the year draws to a close and we look further ahead to what comes next.”
Ruth Davison, Chief Executive, Comic Relief, added:
“The range of work set to be delivered is outstanding. The 120 talented entrepreneurs are using their skills to engage and empower people who are often overlooked and face a range of inequalities. Their work will be a vital part of helping communities throughout the pandemic and its recovery.”
We are delighted to be one of the 120 enterprises being supported by the fund. It is already being put to good use allowing us to support our staff through the practical challenges that the pandemic has thrown at us and to continue growing and strengthening Radiant Cleaners. Which is already happening despite the year being 4 days old. One of our team is leaving for a new job mid-January which is great because:
1) Radiant Cleaners has been able to help them at a difficult time
2) they now have the opportunity to start a new career
3) we can take on someone new as we endeavour to help more people find employment and renewed hope in 2021.