UnLtd calls for more funding and support in Wales

UnLtd held an event at the Welsh Assembly today to demonstrate to Members the impact that social entrepreneurs are having in solving some of Wales’ biggest social challenges, and issued a call for more funding and support.

With income inequality rising, almost one in four people in Wales in poverty, and an ageing population, UnLtd is now calling for more support from the Welsh government so it can build on its work with partners to support 250 more social entrepreneurs in Wales over the next five years.

At the Senedd, UnLtd brought together a number of social entrepreneurs that it supports, to meet with Assembly members and discuss the positive impact that their work is having in communities across Wales. These included:

  • Ellen Petts from Greenstream Flooring CIC, which reuses flooring materials that would normally be sent to landfill, to provide a cost-effective and sustainable product for businesses and people that might not be able to afford new flooring. It also provides valuable employment and training opportunities for people in the Rhondda Valley area.
  • Anita Tomaszewski from Me Myself and I, a centre in Neath which provides crucial emotional support and opportunities for people living with dementia together with their families and carers.

Jane Ryall, Wales Country Manager at UnLtd said: “Social entrepreneurs across Wales are making a positive impact in their local areas by providing jobs for local people, improving the lives of those in later life, delivering key services and rebuilding communities. They are supported by a number of organisations working in the social sector in Wales, yet there is so much more that we would like to do collectively to help them create greater impact.

“Over the next five years we want to support 250 more social entrepreneurs in Wales. This is a realistic ambition, which we can achieve with the crucial support of government and partner organisations.

“I am delighted that Assembly members today were able to see the impactful solutions that social entrepreneurs supported by UnLtd and other organisations in the social sector are delivering, which are making a real difference to people’s lives across Wales.”

Vikki Howells AM, Welsh Assembly Member for Cynon Valley (pictured above, second from right), said: “If people are given access to the right support and resources, they can create new businesses and initiatives that help to address some of the pressing social issues that are faced in communities across Wales. That was the clear message from today’s UnLtd event. I was impressed to see the work they do finding, funding and supporting social entrepreneurs and look forward to working closely with them in the future.”

UnLtd is one of a number of organisations working in the social sector in Wales to support social entrepreneurs, helping them to start-up and scale-up their social-purpose businesses. In the last three years UnLtd has made 77 awards of funding and support to social entrepreneurs in Wales, making a positive impact on more than 30,000 lives.

UnLtd works across Wales and the UK to seek out and support social entrepreneurs, providing funding awards, business coaching, mentoring, business connections and peer support.

For media enquiries, please contact comms@unltd.org.uk 

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