A significant proportion of the UK population experience mental ill health, and there is an unmet need for mental health services and preventative solutions, particularly among vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. Despite an increasing array of online and in-person interventions, there are barriers to the adoption and scaling of innovative solutions. Mental health research funding receives 25 times less per person than cancer research, with only 3.9% going towards prevention (MQ, UK Mental Health Research Funding 2014-2017).
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.
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.