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Connecting research and ventures to improve mental health
Research | 13 September 2019

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 from social enterprise, Evolve
Blog | 15 November 2018

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.

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Blog | 29 August 2018

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.

Blog | 23 July 2018

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

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Blog | 12 September 2017

As part of the GET INFORMED campaign blog series, Edwin Godfrey - Chairman of Purple shares their journey exploring social investment. 

Blog | 13 July 2017

 Should it cost more to be disabled?

Blog | 9 May 2017

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.  

News | 5 October 2016
  • Big Society Capital releases second tranche of its £14.5 million investment commitment, enabling Charity Bank to support many more good causes
  • New loan approvals of £55.8m in the first nine months of 2016; more than in the whole of any previous year
  • Social sector loan demand remains strong since the EU Referendum
Blog | 26 September 2016

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.

Blog | 21 September 2016

I knew from the start that if Unforgettable was to succeed it would need to transform the dementia market - and that would take money.

Blog | 2 September 2016

The NHS is a world class healthcare system but, like many modern healthcare systems, it is more of a “sick care” system, responding when people become sick to address symptoms and manage illnesses.

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Research | 13 July 2016

Government’s approach to outsourcing services has risen up the policy agenda in recent years.

Blog | 13 July 2016

Public services are undergoing a system-wide reform with increasing demand for services against a backdrop of reduced Government funding

News | 13 July 2016

The Government will fail to create a level playing field in the competition between bidders for the Work and Health programme, according to new research published by the independent think tank Reform. 

Blog | 2 June 2016

Last week Big Society Capital and the Care and Wellbeing Fund held a small roundtable to discuss the potential for social investment to support social sector providers of primary care. 

Events | 9 March 2016
Location: Concept Conference Centre, 58-72 John Bright Street Birmingham B1 1BN GB
Big Society Capital is hosting an event in partnership with Bita Pathways in Birmingham to increase awareness of how social investment is being used to help people with mental health needs. 
Blog | 8 March 2016

One in four charities and one in three social enterprises are involved in the provision of health and social care support.

Blog | 8 January 2016

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.

Blog | 20 November 2015

We are very proud to launch the Care & Well-Being Fund this week, a £12 million partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support and Social Finance.

News | 16 November 2015

The Care and Wellbeing Fund announces today that it has launched with £12 million of investment from Big Society Capital and Macmillan Cancer Support. 

News | 30 September 2015

Social Finance announced today that it has successfully raised £1.1 million to support the expansion of Shared Lives schemes across the UK.

News | 27 August 2015

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.

Blog | 31 July 2015

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.  

News | 29 July 2015

Big Society Capital has announced its first investment to be successfully repaid since it was established in 2012.

News | 16 July 2015

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.