We tested this concept last year on Crowdfunder and we know it works! We now want to scale this to support more women change makers to give them a voice to influence, create impact and actualise their vision to create social change for the better through businesses, campaigns and projects. We have reach into communities across Greater Manchester and beyond through a network of over 200 women social entrepreneurs. Social Enterprise as a sector has long been a champion of gender equality we want to support and showcase the talents of more women as social leaders, innovators, campaigners and entrepreneurs. Through national research and our own local focus groups, we have found women lack of access to appropriate resources, training and support that accommodates personal priorities around care commitments and there absence of networks, role models and diverse mentors. Our project helps address these issues.
Plus with recent funding cuts and grant funding being difficult to find - as well as very competitive, we want to develop a model where those with less access and confidence to recieve grant funding can find ways to independently get their ventures and ideas off the ground.
Last year we raised £2600 in 4 weeks and were able to invest this in a wide range of women including the following initiatives:
www.cowherds.org.uk/ - Vegan social enterprise cafe, Led by Paula Maguire (Salford)
www.platformmcr.org/ - Promoting youth leadership, Led by Beth Powell (Manchester)
www.abcdiagnosis.co.uk/ - Supporting people affected by breast cancer and secondary breast cancer, Led by Jo Taylor (Oldham)
www.wythenshawegoodneighbours.org.uk/ - GP Project supports older people through befriending an support Marie Greenhalgh (Trafford)
www.metmunch.com/ - a student network promoting sustainable nutritious food Haleh Moravej (Manchester)
We've an ambitious target this year to help us support more women developing initiatives with real impact who need this support to start well, thrive and scale their work. PLEASE HELP US, help them to create change! Whether £5, £50 or £500 any investment will make a difference - plus if you are interested in mentoring or being a judge on the investment panel get in touch! You can follow the campaign @WSSEGroup .
There are loads of opportunities for you to get involved with the network as we move forward.
Look out as we expand on these opportunities over the coming weeks! To get in contact email firstname.lastname@example.org
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