UBELE Covid-19 Bulletin – The Social Enterprise Support Fund

View this email in your browser Ubele Bi-Weekly Bulletin  #89: Thursday, 3 March 2022 The Social Enterprise Support Fund

Re-opened on the 28th February, The Social Enterprise Fund offering grants between £10k – £100k.

The fund’s aim is to support social entrepreneurs in England to get their social enterprises back on track, and particularly those working with communities that are recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Social Enterprise Support Fund is being delivered through partners UnLtd, The School for Social Entrepreneurs, Resonance, Big Issue Invest and Key Fund, made possible by the National Lottery Community Fund.

The partners are working towards a benchmark of more than 50% of grantees across the fund being disabled and /or from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background. They are also particularly encouraging applications from enterprises led by those with direct lived experience of the social issues they are trying to solve.
The second round is live from 1pm on the 28th February and will close for new applications and submissions on 24th March.

We advise you to start your application early so that you have plenty of time to get it just right and access any support that you might need.

The Ubele Initiative are a referral partner tracking organisations who apply for the grant funding; if you have submitted an application for the first round or are interested in a webinar to find out more about the grant, contact Gina.

Visit https://bit.ly/3IuB6CN to learn more about the criteria and how you can apply. Learn more about the criteria and how you can apply Upcoming Events National Day of Reflection: Coming Together in Hope 23 March 2022, 7 – 9pm

Join us for Coming Together in Hope: A Service of Reflection at New Life Wesleyan Church, a service to support and uplift the Black communities affected by Covid-19 as well as those who have been bereaved during the pandemic.

Online and In-person 23rd March 2022 – Register for your tickets Don’t miss out! A growing revolution: new ways of using the land ft Wolves Lane Centre

From providing food to those in need to transforming public land, gardens have more uses than ever. Here, we look at some of the new ways old skills are being applied to benefit everyone. Read the Guardian feature on Community gardens and more.

Learn more New Blog: Reimagining Social Prescribing: Roundtable Discussions With London Plus – Pt 2  Roundtable 2: Resourcing And Capacity Building For Social Prescribing Activities   This roundtable took place December 9th 2021 virtually. The aim of this roundtable was to understand how Social Prescribing activities are being resourced as well as what resources are needed to grow. This included discussing financial support, support with capacity building and developing an infrastructure for growth.   Read the blog in full Windrush Day Grant Scheme

The Windrush Day Grant Scheme 2022 is open for applications. It provides between £5,000 to £50,000 to support groups to commemorate, celebrate and educate people about the contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants across communities in our country, through projects to marking the fifth annual Windrush Day 2022 on 22 June.

More information about the scheme

Application window closes: 18 March 2022 Available Funding The Recovery Loan Fund provides loans to UK charities and social enterprises who have been impacted by Covid 19 and need funds to help them to survive, recover and grow. It has been established by Social Investment Business (SIB) to make an existing Government guarantee scheme, the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS – further information below), more easily accessible to charities and social enterprises. Deadline20 May 2022 | Learn more
National Lottery Community Support Fund: Offer funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities. Larger grants of £10,000+ are made through a variety of programmes that cover every nation within the United Kingdom. This kind of flexible, longer-term funding is aimed at organisations whose ambitions are shaped by the people they serve. And with the COVID-19 pandemic still with us, they will continue to support people and communities most adversely impacted by COVID-19. Learn more
Community Business ReBoost fund aims to support community businesses to raise community shares capital that can support their recovery, pivot or expand the business in response to Covid-19. The ReBoost fund provides grant funding and matched equity investment. Learn more
Lloyds Bank Foundation is funding small and local charities, investing in their work helping people overcome complex social issues across England and Wales. They are supporting charities with an annual income of £25,000 to £1 million with a proven track record of helping people on a journey of positive change through in-depth, holistic and person-centred support. Funding is unrestricted, including around core costs, and tailored development support to help your charity be more effective. Learn more
Community Business Crowdmatch in partnership with Crowdfunder UK. This fund is aimed at emerging, new and existing community businesses, who want to test new ideas or implement new services. Power to Change are particularly keen to support new and existing projects in more deprived areas of the country, and to work with Black, Asian and ethnically diverse individuals and community business leaders across England. They are offering up to £10k in match funding for community businesses that are responding in some way to Covid-19, maybe developing a new service, or a new organisation, or keeping themselves afloat until some kind of normality resumes.Learn more
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund aims to use sport and physical activity as a means of bringing a community together and tackling inequalities via awards of between £300 and £10,000 from a pot of £5 million of National Lottery funding. They always have more applications than they’re able to fund and so their priority is to support projects working with people in disadvantaged communities. Learn more
Crowdfunder and the National Emergencies Trust have teamed up to make up to £10,000 match funding available to help your voluntary or community organisation overcome the effects of the pandemic. This exciting new opportunity aims to support long-term sustainability and open up new avenues of income for brilliant local groups who are making a real difference to the people in their communities. Learn more
The Space to Dream Fund offers grants of up to £95k to enable Black-led* organisations across the UK to imagine and deliver bold and impactful visual arts projects. They invite small-and medium-sized organisations to share their visions for programmes that enable them to scale up their ambitions and transform the experiences of Black and Brown artists and practitioners, those of African, Caribbean and Asian heritage. Grants available between £35,000 – £95,000 over two to three years to a variety of Black-led visual arts organisations across the UK. Deadline 4 March 2022 | Learn more Civil Society Roots The Building Strong Communities mission is offering funding for organisations in 10 London boroughs to strengthen their networks, capacity and voice – and explore these questions. The funding is for groups that are led by and for communities impacted by structural inequalities. This includes Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Londoners, Deaf and Disabled Londoners, LGBT+ Londoners, Older Londoners and Women. Deadline 22 April 2022 | Learn more
Charity Excellence Funder List Funding Finder Grant Directory – Most grant funding directories, for trusts and foundations, are paid for, with annual costs of up to £400. The Funding Finder database gives you click through to a huge range of funders, with the latest uploaded weekly into the Recent Additions search category. Funding Finder is not only completely free, it’s a lot more than just another funding directory. Learn more Useful Information Covid-19 & Vaccine Resources
  Get your COVID vaccine
You can book your appointment at a vaccination centre or a community pharmacy. The COVID-19 vaccination sites are run by NHS professionals and have extra measures in place to keep you safe during your visit. You do not need your NHS number.
Visit nhs.uk/covid-vaccination Latest Coronavirus updates and guidance 
We’ve come so far but we cannot risk another spike in COVID-19 cases. Please share this to keep us all safe. Learn more COVID-19 – Palliative and End of life Care experiences of people of African and Caribbean dEscent (PEACE)
PEACE are seeking bereaved relatives AND professionals (health, social care and community workers)  to take part in a research study focused on end-of-life experiences of people of African and Caribbean descent, during the coronavirus pandemic. The study is important, because there have been many deaths amongst Black and Minority Ethnic communities during the pandemic, but it is known access to good end-of-life-care is often poor. What is not known, is why this happens and how it can be changed.  The study addresses this gap in our understanding and aims to help improve end-of-life care for people of African and Caribbean descent. Learn more

Surveys & Research
  UCL IOE Academic research: Coronavirus Intersectionalities Study

You are invited to take part in research on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health care and quality of life for different groups. They would like to hear your views about the pandemic experiences of everyone to help us and policymakers to improve public health. It will take around 20 mins and you will receive a £2 voucher once you complete the survey. 
Learn more Linkupcaribbean Restaurant/Eateries Customer Feedback

Customer service is critical to businesses that are customer facing; ensuring the best customer service could be the difference between a one-off experience and repeat customer experiences. They want to hear from you, the customer, as to how you rate the service you received. They would like to engage with anyone involved with the restaurant/eatery trade willing to hear more and understand how this approach might support their business. Learn more.
Complete the survey Data First Aid

Struggling to make your volunteer or budgeting spreadsheets do what you want them to? Need an expert to look at demographic data or analyse the need of your service users? Know you have great data but not sure how to make it visually appealing or tell the right story? PBE can provide charities with pro bono support from a dedicated volunteer economist to help them with their ad hoc data needs. That might include data analysis or visualisation, spreadsheet tasks or short pieces of research. Learn more Unapologetically Me – ‘Transcending Resilience’

A report exploring the role of resilience in supporting the well-being of young people with racialised identities1, from minoritised communities. Learn more
Workshops, Trainings, Events   Sowing Roots: Caribbean Cooking Class
4 Mar 2022
6pm – 8pm

This workshop is part of the Sowing Roots: Caribbean Garden Heritage exhibition and project.

Join Nika on the journey to her homeland, Jamaica via your kitchen and pot! In this 2 hour interactive online cookery class you will gain an insight into the history of this beautiful Caribbean island, including the influences around its culture and cuisine. We will be using popular traditional ingredients to create a delicious Friday night dinner which will make you want to dance to reggae music! Learn more Cultivating Black Women for Social Change
5 March 2022
9am – 5pm

In honour of International Women’s Day, join Soul Purpose 360 for an informative and exciting day where it’s all about how we can #BreakTheBias and be an advocate for change in our local communities. BreakTheBias Collectively, we can begin to change the inaccurate negative narratives about Black women that’s pervasive in institutions where policies and procedures limit us. We will show that Black women are determined, resilient, innovative, dynamic and ready for the challenges that lay ahead of us. Learn more Three Evenings on Racial Trauma and Growth
23-25 March 2022
6.30 – 8pm

A very special opportunity to access a highly original film over a period of three evenings in three parts which provides a thorough introduction to racial trauma and explores personal and collective paths to growth. This includes the influences, definitions and impact on children, young people, families, and communities. There will be opportunities to hear from speakers in the field and experts by experience and to enter discussions about personal and collective paths to growth.
Learn more Good for Girls Programme

Supporting 11-14-year-old girls to develop healthy relationships, skills and resources to maintain positive mental health. Providing a safe space for young girls to boost their self-confidence, self-empowerment and discuss mental health.
• Engage in talking circles to express your thoughts and feelings.
• Work together in a group on a new social action project.
• Join a range of art and sports activities such as yoga, football, tie-dye, digital graphics
and much more.
• Get the chance to attend a 2 day residential and become a ‘Wellbeing Ambassador’ for
our organisation!
Good for Girls is helping youth clubs become mental health hubs to extend mental
health support for young women outside of school.
Apply | Learn more FREE training on New Economy Programme

Stir To Action recently got a renewed round of sponsorship from Power to Change for people to have free places on New Economy Programme workshops, after the first 80 places were snapped up over one weekend. The new sponsored places are now live, and they’re for: 🌟 Minoritised ethnic communities 🌟 Young adult (aged 18-35) 🌟 Those living in areas of deprivation (IMD 1-3, you can find that out by entering your postcode here) They have another 80 places to offer, valid for booking onto on any workshops up to 30 June 2022! Apply | Learn more Authoring Our Own Stories

A youth recovery project examining how young people’s identities impact on their access to services. Over the course of 5 years we will deliver arts-based workshops with young people and youth work professionals to explore how we reshape services locally, regionally, and nationally to improve the offer in place to young people and break the cycle of inequality.

Authoring Our Own Stories has been funded for 5 years by the National Lottery Community Fund. The programme is being led by Partnership for Young London in partnership with Youth Focus North West, Youth Focus South West and Yorkshire and Humber Regional Youth Work Unit. Learn more Young Londoners Research Programme

Funded by the Greater London Authority as part of their work on a New Deal for Young People. The programme is a partnership between Rocket Science, Partnership for Young London and Young Harrow Foundation and there will be between up to six grants of up to £8,000 available to explore young people’s access to youth services. This funding aims to support young Londoners, supported by their youth groups, to research young people’s views on the following:

– Access to youth services
– Barriers to attending youth services
– Young people’s specific needs and the type of activities young people want

From this research, to design, develop and trial innovative youth-led approaches based on the areas identified by the young people. Learn more

Job Opportunities

Facilitators – Ultra Education C.I.C

A multi-award-winning social enterprise and the UK’s leading provider of entrepreneurial education in schools and clubs, are looking for experienced facilitators to deliver our entrepreneurship programmes in the London Borough of Brent and surrounding areas. Learn more Various Roles – Do it Now Now

Content Marketing Manager – Apply by 06 March 2022

Creative and Digital (New Economy) Skills Developer – Apply by 06 March 2022

Wellbeing Skills Developer – Apply by 06 March 2022

Expert in Residence (freelance) – Apply by 13 March 2022 

Research Associate (freelance) – Apply by 13 March 2022 
Freelance, Research Associate – Ongoing

Creative in Residence – Designers, writers, photographers etc. (Freelance Role)

Help us create a world in which every Black person has the skills and tools they need to impact the world and create space for themselves and their community to co-exist peacefully.

Learn more Volunteer with Home-Start WKCHF! 

Do you have 2 hours a week to support families?  Home-Start Westminster helps families across 3 boroughs in West London providing befriending and therapy support in line with Covid restrictions. They are currently recruiting for their January 2022 online preparation course. Hear from some of their inspirational volunteers below and find out how you can get involved. Mindfulness Soul Purpose 360 CIC is a coaching, mentoring and training social enterprise created for Black women in the community development space. We host a national network of Black women active in the sector and those with a desire to play

Bayo – To support your mental health and wellbeing
Bayo is a space to find collectives, organisations and services from across the UK – run by and for the Black community – to support your mental health and wellbeing. Developed by The Ubele Initiative, Mind, Young Minds and Best Beginnings, Bayo was funded by The National Emergencies Trust and is run by The Ubele Initiative.

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