The IN Enterprise Hub is a not-for-profit supporting individuals and businesses across the National Forest to raise their aspirations, full fill their potential and thrive.
We are raising £15,000 to help with costs of running open access employability and enterprise programmes for local people who are experiencing the impact of COVID-19. The funds will also go towards running our enterprise hub where we can offer opportunities for individuals to learn and develop their skills, and build confidence within their community. We believe that every person in our community should be given a chance!
As part of our 3 month pilot programme, our services were accessed by 30 individual. We:
- delivered 26 employability and 12 start-up sessions
- helped 3 to develop and start a new enterprise
- facilitated 3 into local volunteering activities
- helped 5 secure jobs
- provided ongoing coaching for all 30 individuals
- provided access to laptops and internet for 6 individuals
We predict this year and beyond, our services will be needed more than ever before, due to the fallout from COVID-19 and the associated economic effects. Since April 2020, many people have been out of work or lost their jobs in the UK for over 12 months and longer. Between March and October, HMRC data showed the number of employees in the UK fell by 782,000, and the Office for Budget Responsibility predicts an unemployment rate of 7.3% in 2021-2022 (versus 3.9% in 2019-2020). And with deprivation comes associated effects on mental health.
Our primary objective is to provide opportunities for individuals to improve their confidence, develop their skills and access employment, as well as promoting and inspiring enterprise with a particular emphasis on encouraging new business creation and expansion together with activities that promote the economic and social well-being of the area.
Programme of Activities
Activities will be focussed on employability, confidence and wellbeing, and enterprise.
The programme of interactive activities will run weekly, either in a classroom or online. There will be a range of work experience and volunteering opportunities to develop and put skills into practice, for example working at our hub café, or at a placement in a local business or organisation.
The programme will be delivered by IN Enterprise Hub, in collaboration with our business partnerships and local organisations.
Between 200 and 300 individuals will be supported by the 12 month programme.
What your donations will do:
£400 pays for 10 individuals to access employability sessions including CV writing, interview coaching, confidence building.
£600 pays for 10 individuals to take part in six two-hour enterprise activities . Enabling them to realise their potential and grow.
£150 pays for an individual to attend a work experience opportunity to learn about local industries and gain work experience.