John Bishop, managing director of social enterprise Evolve writes about being a social – and systems – entrepreneur. He also shares how social investment helped to scale up Evolve’s activities and the value of a mentor who helped him stay focused on the mission.
We are pleased to publish the first iteration of our investment strategy which seeks to identify the areas where Big Society Capital’s resources - our time and investment capital - can be most catalytic and help improve people’s lives as they age.
Far too many children educated outside mainstream schools are failed by the system. Our Head of Strategy Stephen Muers looks at a new report that highlights social investment could be part of the solution
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.
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.
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.
Oomph! exists to transform the quality of life of older adults. We train and support staff in care settings to deliver exercise and meaningful activities that increase physical mobility, improve social interaction and enhance mental stimulation of older adults, particularly those with dementia.
The Winterbourne View problem has been defined by the c. 3,250 people with Learning Disabilities around the country who are residing in inpatient facilities where personal, health system and societal outcomes are very poor. Five hundred people have been in these institutions for over ten years, and 60% for over one year. It costs around £600m each year for people to remain in these institutions. Numbers are rising, and it appears that there are complex and entrenched barriers to individuals moving back into alternative housing and supported provision in community settings, which would be better for the individual and could also, over time, cost less.
Despite the UK's ageing population, the number of people getting essential support in their home has actually fallen in the past five years, leaving an estimated one million people without any help. As a result, care services are there to respond to crisis rather than provide the support needed to prevent vulnerable individuals from reaching crisis point...