In February the 2016 Hub Westminster Impact Scholarship programme kicked off, sponsored by Westminster City Council. It offers access for three months to our ecosystem of collaborative workspace, resources and network to 20 entrepreneurs with big ideas but limited funds.
We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the exciting work of some of the people who have taken part so far. So we asked them to tell us a little about themselves and their work:
The Fieldworks Foundation is the brainchild of Chris Man and Federico Motka.
Have you ever wanted to support a local charity after visiting or hearing about a tragic event in their country? Do you wonder about the waste in the international charities?
At FieldWorks we believe in doing international development aid differently. We believe that people still have the desire to help and the passion to do something about it, regardless of borders, age or skill. Everything we do is about making aid more human, and harnessing the spirit of helping each other with the right skills to do the right thing. We believe that those local organisations supporting their communities are best placed to provide that aid. They simply need somewhere they can ask for that support.
FieldWorks is an international development focused organisation that uses technology to bring together a global network of people and peers to support assessed Community Based Organisations around the world to continue delivering services to those in need.
Charlene Laidley moved to the UK from New York in 2006 and was struck by the lack of confidence and opportunities for women to succeed in business in this country. In response to this she set up the FutureProof Foundation, linking women’s equality and economic empowerment with global citizenship and education. She joined Impact Hub Westminster at the beginning of June.
The Foundation has been self-funded until now and has grown significantly on a grass-roots level in Westminster over the last 10 years. Our services include “How-to” training, mentoring and business experience and employability opportunities; with plans for creating a digital platform and community within the next 12 months. Our aim is to inspire, educate and empower not only women and girls in the UK, but also their families and their communities.
What sets us apart is that we really understand the challenges of those from migrant and ethnic minority backgrounds who are desperate to improve their life chances and be in a position to not only positively contribute to UK society, but lead in UK society – simply because, we are them! I personally have had to overcome this, so when I speak, I speak from experience.
Inspiration for Future BAME and immigrant leaders in the UK is not enough – there really has to be a “how to” and that is what The FutureProof Foundation hopes to achieve this year by working with Impact Hub. The company has vision and meaning, but this is the time for us to put a formal framework in place so we can really have impact and serve the greater community.
Sally King founded this organisation to tackle the taboo surrounding the menstrual cycle in society. The idea came after she was mis-diagnosed with an anxiety disorder when, in fact, her nausea and vomiting symptoms were caused by her menstrual cycle. She now successfully manages her health through diet, exercise, and travel-sickness remedies rather than anti-anxiety drugs. Her scholarship with us ends in mid-July.
The enduring menstruation taboo has resulted in a lack of public information about, and a clinical diagnostic process that tends to ignore, the relationship between the menstrual cycle and several health issues and symptoms.
Women of reproductive age are disproportionately affected by a range of chronic health issues (such as anxiety, depression, IBS, migraine, chronic fatigue syndrome etc.) and are more likely than men to visit their GP to seek medical support. But there is still no medical specialisation, or comprehensive GP training, on the menstrual cycle and how it can affect women’s health and wellbeing.
Menstrual-Matters.com hopes to raise awareness of these issues- by creating an online community for women, clinicians and researchers interested in contributing to, and learning more about, this emerging topic.
Created by Sophie Andre, Elysia is a social enterprise whose mission is to deliver delicious pre-ordered breakfast boxes made from food surplus. You may have heard of it as La Tradi, but it now continues as Elysia. Sophie’s scholarship with us ends this week.
We concoct breakfast and aperitif boxes made from local artisan food surplus and deliver to companies by bicycle. By buying the surplus, we want to show that yesterday’s food and little less than perfect products are delicious. This approach also makes our culinary experience affordable to our clients and open a new market to our suppliers.
Beyond the food, 30% of our team members will be people with high barriers to employment. We plan to start training and recruiting the team next September with the help of great charities.
The scholars would be very happy to talk about their work with you, so if you’re interested in finding out more follow the links or look them up on Yammer.
We also still have a fair amount of scholars to come through for the remainder of the year. So look out for them and check out their work!