At some point in 2015 I started thinking that if I didn’t get to grips with understanding social finance I’d probably be a bit of a dinosaur. In a world where money for preventive services is only likely to continue shrinking, any new avenues were worth knowing more about.
The Commissioning Better Outcomes Fund evaluation is following 10 SIBs part-funded by the fund over their lifetime. One of them is the Worcestershire Reconnections SIB and the first report about the SIB was launched last week.
I spent seven years looking after my mum before she died. Caring for someone with dementia is a lot harder than most people realise. I often felt lost and overwhelmed by the task ahead and soon realised I had to find new ways to keep Mum busy and give her a sense of purpose, otherwise she’d spend all day staring at the TV.
The Government is at risk of failing to meet its target to halve the disability employment gap unless charities and social enterprises are given an even playing field to deliver public service contracts, says a new report launched today.
Last month saw an important milestone for Big Society Capital: the first investment redemption from our portfolio. Scope, the disability charity, repaid the £875,000 investment we made via Investing for Good, the social finance intermediary who arranged and underwrote the transaction.
Bridges Ventures ('Bridges') and Impact Ventures UK (‘IVUK’) have announced they are backing Unforgettable.org (‘Unforgettable’), a pioneering website and e- commerce platform to support those living with dementia and their carers- informed by the founder’s own personal experience.
Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire’s three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have awarded the country’s first Social Impact Bond to help 3000 older people overcome loneliness in the county - to Reconnections Ltd.
In 2014 Golden Lane Housing (GLH) faced a challenge. It was a problem faced by many voluntary organisations and social enterprises and it was this: how to get capital to expand and develop the business.
Mental illness is the largest single cause of disability in the UK. Almost one in four adults in the UK and one in 10 young people have a mental health problem, and nine out of ten people experience stigma and discrimination. The stigma associated with mental illness can often mean that many people hide their condition and do not seek appropriate support.
Like all the best ideas, it’s very simple. The majority of people who need mental health services don’t currently access them – whether because of logistics, worry about asking for help, or not knowing what’s available. Lots of people use the internet. So let’s offer them safe and effective mental health support online.