Money .. Its a dirty word sometimes but something we often need to reach our goals..
Insurances need to be paid, rooms and venues need to be hired, equipment bought or hired, training for volunteers and very very rarely .. .salary...........
Everything we have done so far has been voluntary, any profits made have gone back into the company and we have loved what we have been doing...
The thing is, we want to do more. This is great stuff but now we hit the problem of money... We need the extra insurance, we need to hire venues and we need to buy equipment and this is where we need the money.
Now being a bit entrepreneurial we asked ourselves .. Could we go out and just raise the money ourselves?? Well yes we could but it would take time and during that time we are not delivering to the community as planned. Our youth group that is our next planned project will be tackle this. We plan to set up a working youth group in our community to help them find their voice and be seen in a more positive way. This will be through events that they have identified and run through the community. Any profits made will then be put back into the project to become sustainable. They will be paying their own rents, insurances and for their equipment but .... only once they get going. The need for small funding to start this off and to make this happen this year is needed and we are working towards finding this..
Our main efforts are with SSE ( School for Social Entrepreneurs) and with Unltd, again for social entrepreneurs. Over the next few weeks we should see how successful we have been in our applications and whether we can start the youth groups going this summer.
The whole funding and grants application process is new to us and although exciting it is a long drawn out process and often takes months to go through. Its great to be learning about them and also the support that is on offer with them.
If you would like to find out more about SSE or Unltd, please drop us a line and we will get back to you with more details.
until then, fingers crossed for us please and lets make this happen!
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