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29th November 2019
1 in 10 adults in the UK have had an idea for a social venture but haven’t yet turned any of these ideas into reality1, according to a representative poll conducted for UnLtd by Populus. In response, UnLtd wants MPs to commit to meet with us, so we can work together to untap these solutions that would impact positively on the economy and society.
If MPs commit to meet with us, we expect to be able to get UnLtd’s funding and support better promoted across the UK. We hope to be able to break down barriers and improve support for anyone who wants to start or grow a social venture too. To do this, we need your help.
To help raise awareness of this campaign and the amazing work social entrepreneurs do, we've unveiled eight fantastic portraits to share. The portraits of these social entrepreneurs have been produced for UnLtd by eight neuro-diverse artists with the support of social venture Hart Club. Please share them with MPs and the public via LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
Ewan and Adi founded Personal Alarm Watch. It has revolutionised safety for people requiring medic alert pendant alarms, connecting them to a 24/7 monitoring team from anywhere in the UK.
This portrait has been created by Bulent Abosoglu. Bulent is a member of The Camberwell Incredibles, a collective of practising artists and learning diverse adults.
Emma Baines is the founder of Find Your Voice, which gives vulnerable people the opportunity to learn to sing, no matter what their stage in life.
Emma's portrait has been created by Affiong Day, who works from the arts studio Submit To Love, located at Headway East London, a charity supporting people with brain injury.
Sam is the founder of Samee, which helps people of all abilities to proudly and independently provide an income for themselves and their families.
Sam’s portrait has been created by Toyin Olubamiwo. Toyin is supported by Arts charity Artbox which runs art workshops, trips, exhibitions and sales opportunities for people with learning disabilities and autism.
Eve Kekeh Eve Kekeh is the founder of Bundlee, which offers baby clothes to rent, instead of having to buy clothes that won’t last very long.
Eve’s portrait has been created by Errol Drysdale, who works from the arts studio Submit To Love, located at Headway East London, a charity supporting people with brain injury.
Vibe Youth CIC have the sole purpose of supporting young people to become the best version of themselves through working with those at risk of social isolation in South Wales.
This portrait has been created by Adora Iwuchuku. Adora is supported by the Riverside Camden Society London, a community centre in Bermondsey that provides art sessions and a variety of activities, trips and events for adults with learning disabilities.
Exceptional Individuals are the first employment partnership for neurodivergent people. They match exceptional Dyslexic, Autistic, ADHD and Dyspraxic individuals with inclusive employers they have trained. They are on a mission to give employers access to a hidden untapped pool of talent.
Matt’s portrait has been created by David Manley who, like Matt, is dyslexic. David is supported by Arts charity Artbox which runs art workshops, trips, exhibitions and sales opportunities for people with learning disabilities and autism.
#WearOneGiveOne is Madlug’s campaign in which with every bag purchased, a kid in care also receives one for free. Although Dave had no previous luggage experience, he had bags of enthusiasm.
Dave’s portrait has been created by 71 year old David Bassadone. David has a photographic memory and typically draws industrial cityscapes. He has been drawing daily since he was a child and this year had his debut solo exhibition at Hart Club.
Hey Girls are a social enterprise who sell period products online and across stores nationwide. Their venture is built upon empowering girls and young women, so that they never have to go compromise on their health. They also supply products to schools and office.
Celia’s portrait has been created by Cecil Waldron who works from the arts studio Submit To Love, located at Headway East London, a charity supporting people with brain injury.
 Populus conducted an online sample of 2097 UK adults 18+ between 18th and 19th of November 2019. Data is weighted to be representative of the population of Great Britain. Targets for quotas and weights are taken from the National Readership Survey, a random probability F2F survey conducted annually with 34,000 adults. Populus is a founder member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. For further information see http://www.britishpollingcouncil.org/