Sri Lankan food startup cooking up a storm in London

Sri Lankan food startup cooking up a storm in London

Sri Lankan food startup cooking up a storm in London Founded by New Radicals winner, Abi Ramanan, Papi’s Pickles is a catering startup making a difference. They work with women relocated to the UK during and after the conflict in Sri Lanka. London-based Papi’s Pickles provide fresh and tasty South Indian and Sri Lankan food

The woman with a vision who’s taking theatre underground

The woman with a vision who’s taking theatre underground

The woman with a vision who’s taking theatre underground The undercroft in Carlisle has long been neglected. The large, underground space – attached to the train station – has been left empty for years, serving only as a storage space and thoroughfare for the station’s workers. Local resident, Kimberley Watkin, wants to change that. She

Skills, thrills and personal development: how a mentor helped Well Grounded flourish

Skills, thrills and personal development: how a mentor helped Well Grounded flourish

Skills, thrills and personal development: how a mentor helped Well Grounded flourish As part of our Skills, thrills and personal development series we take an in-depth look at a successful mentoring relationship from our Hackney Connect Programme. For more about mentoring read part one and part two.  Eve Wagg is passionate about coffee – so

Hackney Connected: the young social entrepreneurs transforming their borough

Hackney Connected: the young social entrepreneurs transforming their borough

Hackney Connected: the young social entrepreneurs transforming their borough Last week we celebrated our Hackney Connect Awards programme. Teaming up with UBS, we gave social entrepreneurs local to Hackney cash and support to tackle issues important to them – to create social ventures that made their communities more resilient. With a big part of Hackney’s

Meet the social entrepreneur asking: can a holiday change a life?

Meet the social entrepreneur asking: can a holiday change a life?

Meet the social entrepreneur asking: can a holiday change a life? Damiano la Rocca had a hunch. He already knew that going on holiday could make a big difference to someone’s life, and wanted to know if he could use the power of travel to change the lives of people living with disabilities. ‘I knew

Local street garden grows a community space

Local street garden grows a community space

Local street garden grows a community space Fly tipping had become a huge problem for one group of residents in London’s Elephant and Castle. One street in particular, Lamlash Street, had become a dumping ground. Many residents had to go through the street every day on their way to the nearest tube station. ‘My frustration

The food revolution being built in Brighton

The food revolution being built in Brighton

The food revolution being built in Brighton There’s a revolution happening in Brighton. Small, for now, but it’s changing the way people buy food. It’s being led by two sisters – social entrepreneurs Ruth and Amy Anslow – who set up hiSbe, a supermarket putting happiness before profit. Ruth had spent 15 years working for

Meet the sport loving social entrepreneurs tackling dementia

Meet the sport loving social entrepreneurs tackling dementia

Meet the sport loving social entrepreneurs tackling dementia ‘Loneliness is a horrible thing,’ says Tony Jameson-Allen, founder of Sporting Memories. ‘It can strike even the most confident person: through ill health, bereavement, or friends moving away.’ Tony, and co-founder Chris Wilkins, setup Sporting Memories to fight loneliness. They use sports’ powerful stories to tackle the

Social entrepreneur putting community back into shopping

Social entrepreneur putting community back into shopping

Social entrepreneur putting community into shopping Rachella Sinclair – from Noel Park Big Local area – felt strongly that her community deserved a local economy run by and for local people. She started Noel Park Market in 2012 with a Star People award – which backs people in Big Local areas with money and support to create

Lewisham microbrewery serves up cool jobs for people with learning disabilities

Lewisham microbrewery serves up cool jobs for people with learning disabilities

Nick set up his venture, Ignition Brewery, to give people with learning disabilities a job. His aim was to create something sustainable, something that could provide ten people reliable employment.

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