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CAF Venturesome


Expert insight into social investment and social impact by the CAF Venturesome team.


Since 2002, we are one of the most active providers of impact-focused social investment in the UK.

We use our experience to have a critical look at the sector. This blog features our views, opinion and news on CAF Venturesome’s activity and on the Social Investment sector as a whole. Keep up to date with us as we help charities and social enterprises thrive.

  • 9 August 2019 

    Reflections on our SE-Assist Fund

    As our SE-Assist Fund is currently open in Wales until 27 August, we thought we would share the reflections and learnings from our recently published report, Supporting small social enterprises and charities.

  • 24 July 2019 

    Helping communities take on the housing crisis

    CAF Venturesome's pioneering repayable finance offer aimed at supporting community-led housing schemes is now in its tenth year. As the movement continues to grow, our CLT Fund Investment Manager, Anne-Helene Sinha, reflects on how investors can best support them with our new Community-Led Housing Fund.

  • 1 July 2019 

    Reflections on the Gathering

    Pioneers Post have published today a beautiful report on The Gathering 2019, where leading social investors met to debate challenges and collaborative solutions.  Holly Piper, Head of CAF Venturesome, was on the Steering Group for this year's Gathering.  Take a look at her reflections and highlights.

  • 7 June 2019 

    SE-Assist Fund to open in Wales on 1 July

    Following three successful rounds of our SE-Assist Fund in Wales, we are opening up the fund again on 1 July 2019 for a chance to present at a pitch day in Wales on 30 October.   Applications close at 5pm on 27 August.    Your social enterprise could access up to £30,000 at 0% interest, and a package of non-financial support, to help scale up your social enterprise.

  • 3 June 2019 

    Case study: Lindley Educational Trust

    Without social investment Lindley would not have been able to grow for another 2 years. Now it has been able to expand what activities it can offer to inner city communities transforming the lives of young Asians in Ashton-under-Lyne and beyond.


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