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EMPOWER - BE THE CHANGE

How social investment helped secure more grant funding for Empower

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Empower - Be The Change

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SOCIAL INVESTMENT HELPS SECURE MORE GRANT FUNDING

Empower – Be The Change received an unsecured, interest free loan of £30,000 from the 2017 round of SE-Assist Wales.   This loan allowed them to hire a free-lance tutor to deliver some of their core programmes and in doing so freed up the founders time to focus on securing a significant 5-year grant from The National Lottery Community Fund.   This grant has enabled the company to employ two full time staff and expand delivery of its programmes in soft skill training and mentoring to help everyone achieve their potential.  

The traditional education system focuses on academic achievement and does not equip people with wider employability, social and self-care skills.  This often leads to unemployment, poverty and the breakdown of communities.


Increased social skills lead to employment

Based in Wrexham, North Wales, Empower - Be The Change combines accredited soft skill training with volunteering and mentoring to create better skilled, better qualified, confident empowered individuals.  By giving people confidence and opportunities to develop their skills Empower – Be The Change wants to help contribute to a society that doesn’t rely on benefits and social services.

Empower - Be The Change works with anyone over 15 years old with participants having the opportunity to complete anyone or more of their programmes, Empowerment, Empowered leaders and Empowered Mentor.  Empower – Be The Change believes that by giving people the opportunity to achieve in all aspects of learning we will see increased employability and social cohesion leading to a reduction in poverty, addiction, re-offending and anti-social behaviour.

Expanding throughout Wales

Empower - Be The Change celebrates its three year anniversary in 2019.  The company has grown from empowering 35 people in year one with an income of £17,000 to empowering 125 people in year three with an annual income of £125,000.

They aim to empower over 200 people in 2019 through the delivery of programmes across North Wales and create new partnerships with community, voluntary and corporate organisations.   They plan to deliver programmes, including ones in Welsh, in some of the more rurally isolated areas of Wales.
 

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