October is here. The weather’s worsening and the days are shortening. But fear not: we’re delivering you some sunshine to brighten your Monday morning.
Because the finalists for the Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 have just been announced!
And they need YOUR vote to be in with a chance of winning £10,000.
These five finalists have been selected from our Scale Up programme, part of the Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme, in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs.
More than 200 social entrepreneurs applied for the programme. Only 42 gained a place. They spent a year of toiling, tweaking plans and turbocharging their impact.
Just 10 social entrepreneurs made it through the award’s selection process to face a grilling in a Dragons’ Den-style panel.
The judges then picked five finalists to run for Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 – based on the impact they create, the growth they’ve achieved and the potential of their plans.
Adam Annand, London Bubble (London)
Speech Bubbles is a playful, nurturing intervention that supports young children referred with a communication need. Speech Bubbles is a project from London Bubble, a company that makes theatre with its community. Discover Adam’s full story.
Carolyn Edwards, Genie In The Gutter (Liverpool)
This not-for-profit is a bridge-to-recovery service providing informed choices around drug and alcohol treatment to active substance misusers. It offers recovery, creativity and performance-based sessions. Discover Carolyn’s full story.
Donna Rowe-Green, Dig in North West (Lancashire)
Dig In North West is a peer support to military veterans with mental injuries as a result of their service. It offers activities such as gardening, carpentry and photography as a means to grow confidence, reduce isolation and increase employability. Discover Donna’s full story.
Jay Stewart, Gendered Intelligence (London)
Gendered Intelligence’s mission is to increase understandings of gender diversity. It specialises in supporting young trans people. It delivers programmes and support for young people and carers, trans-awareness training and educational workshops. Discover Jay’s full story.
Sophie Unwin, Remade in Edinburgh (Edinburgh)
Remade in Edinburgh is a multi-award-winning social enterprise. It teaches people how to repair household goods, runs upcycling workshops, sells repaired goods, and campaigns for zero waste. Discover Sophie’s full story.