We’ve received some excellent news. Our ‘Wee Enterprizers’ group have received a Big Lottery award of just over £9,500.
The Wee Enterprizers, originally a piece of partnership working between SOL and the Social Care Ideas Factory (SCIF), have been working with a group of people to look at either trying to develop their entrepreneurial ideas, by starting up their own businesses, or looking at what their dream job would be and working towards making these jobs a reality!
This Big Lottery award is recognition of the great work the group has been doing and is major boost for the Wee Enterprizers as they look to work with even more people in the future.
The Wee Enterprizers have also received congratulations from local politicians with Clare Adamson MSP lodging a motion at the Scottish Parliament. The motion read:
“The Parliament congratulates the non-profit organisation Support for Ordinary Living on receiving £9,628 from the Awards for All Scotland programme”
The motion continued:
“We note that the organisation will use the Wee Enterprizers model, which has been developed over the last year, by the Social Care Ideas Factory, to help people to drive their ideas themselves and set the pace and agenda for developing their own businesses and wishes Support for Ordinary Living all the very best.”
We also received a lovely letter from Graham Simpson MSP in which he comments “The work that you and your organisation does is an asset to your local community”. Mr Simpson has also asked if he could visit our organisation and see the work we do first hand.
SOL’s Head of Practice and Operations, Ashleigh Niven, commented “We are delighted to have received this funding from the Big Lottery which will enable the current Wee Enterprizers to continue their work and make room for new budding entrepreneurs! We are also happy to see MSP’s taking an active interest in this work.
We often take for granted how important employment is, aside from the obvious benefits of getting paid – we meet people who often become our friends, we get to have a valued social role, we get to belong somewhere, we make a contribution to the world.
In Scotland 75% of people with a learning disability are not in employment or training for employment and only 18 people are recorded as self-employed! This project, and projects like it are essential in improving the lives of people with learning disabilities.”
If you would like to take part in the Wee Enterprizers please contact Kirsty Goode on 01698 276206.
To find out more about the Wee Enterprizers visit our previous blog post http://www.forliving.org/working-hard-wee-enterprizers/