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Charities Aid Foundation


September 2017

The end of the summer is approaching (even though it hasn’t been what we expected), and it is a good opportunity to update everyone on what the CAF Venturesome team has been up to.


We are pleased to announce that the Social Enterprise Assist Fund (SE-Assist) completed its second round of investment in Wales over the summer, culminating in a 'pitch day' in Cardiff towards the end of July. A broad range of charities and social enterprises applied to the fund from all across Wales, with many different sectors represented.

SE Assist offers interest free loans ranging from £10,000 - £30,000, business mentoring and expert advisory services to successful applicants, and was created in partnership with the Welsh Government, Wales Co-Operative Centre, Business in the Community Wales and the Institute of Directors Wales. We look forward to introducing you to each business that were successful and will benefit from this unique fund in the coming months – stay tuned!


On 6th June 2017, we joined our colleagues from the CAF Charities Team at the Dorset Charities Conference in Wimborne. The event was very well attended and Venturesome had the opportunity to meet representatives of many local and impactful charities, delivering amazing services.

Although social investment was not high on the agenda of most members in the audience, there was an interesting discussion about loan pricing, additional support available and suitable uses of social investment. Other topics of the day included collaborative working, risk management and capitalising on social media.


Over the next few weeks the CAF Venturesome team will be attending and taking part in the following events:

  • All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Enterprise - 6th September 2017
  • The State of Social Enterprise 2017 - 21st September 2017
  • Social Investment Forum: Is Social Investment Growing Fast Enough? - 26th September 2017
  • Innovative models for engaging philanthropists and social investors - 26th September 2017
  • Impact Investing: How to do it at scale - 26th September 2017

Want to know more? Talk to our team on 03000 123 300 or email us at and we’ll be happy to help.