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DANIELLE ANDERSON RECEIVES SPARK AWARD
Award from UnLtd and Santander is part of innovative ‘peer-to-peer’ campaign
Danielle Anderson, from Step & Stone, is the latest recipient of the national UnLtd Spark Award scheme to support people with a track record of making a difference in their communities.
UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, has partnered with Santander to launch a new initiative to create a network of support for social ventures in the UK.
The Spark campaign aims to create support networks for social entrepreneurs looking to address community needs. The two-year campaign will work with experienced social entrepreneurs to encourage the ‘passing on’ of advice and support to a new wave of social enterprise start-ups.
The scheme is being run by UnLtd to support people like Danielle to pass on their knowledge, skills and experience to others – in the hope that more people will take a lead role in making their communities a better place to live.
Danielle runs ‘Social Sound-Off’, a monthly meet-up for socially-minded individuals. She has a huge amount of business experience and wants to share he knowledge with others so that they can build impactful businesses.
Cliff Prior, chief executive of UnLtd, said: “Spark is all about giving experienced social entrepreneurs the space to inspire and support others. It represents an exciting shift in the established models of support UnLtd has pioneered for the past ten years. We’ve already supported over 20,000 social entrepreneurs on their journeys and we think that this community of talent – as well as the wider network of established social entrepreneurs – is very well placed to come together to design, test and roll out new and innovative models of support. With Santander’s support and strategic insight our aim is to deliver an impactful programme over the next two years, and I can’t wait to see the new models of support that will emerge.”
Sheralee Morris, senior community relations manager at Santander, said: “UnLtd’s extensive network of social entrepreneurs will help to champion the Spark award scheme and give practical guidance to communities looking to tackle issues in their neighbourhoods through enterprise. By working with experienced entrepreneurs we’re hoping to help local communities create sustainable, practical enterprises that address social needs.”
Social entrepreneurs looking to engage with other entrepreneurs across their own networks or regions are able to apply for up to £500 to launch their initiative.
UnLtd is the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK and offers the largest such network in the world. It resources more than 1,000 individuals each year through is core Awards programme.
UnLtd puts people at the heart of what it does and reaches out to find passionate, talented, resourceful people who are determined to tackle the key issues facing society. Its focus is on helping great numbers of people to start up as social entrepreneurs, enabling those who want – and can – to scale up their impact.
UnLtd aims to develop collaboration and networks that will create an ecosystem of support, through delivering support to social entrepreneurs in partnership with social investors and delivery partners. It operates a unique model by investing directly in individuals and offering a complete package of resources; from awards of funding between £500 and £250,000 to ongoing advice, networking and practical support.
UnLtd is the trading name for The Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs.
For more information about the support offered by UnLtd go to www.UnLtd.org.uk
about UnLtd’s spark scheme
Delivered through a two-year partnership between UnLtd and Santander, the Spark scheme hopes to boost investment in ‘peer-to-peer’ models of support for social entrepreneurs in communities across the UK. The programme brings experiences social entrepreneurs together with budding social ventures with the aim of creating a range of fresh social entrepreneurs around the UK, the best ideas will then be tested with the most effective receiving a ‘do-it’ award £5000 for their initiative to be launched. Entrepreneurs are also able to access the scheme through a £500 ‘try-it’ award. For further information visit www.unltd.org.uk/spark or email firstname.lastname@example.org .