Tag Archives: microenterprise

Supporting the wider community

26 Mar

In our work with Opportunity Plus, we have come across some truly fantastic community centres and groups, and we want to share some of the great work that is happening out there.

Does your community group need some support? 

Here are some of the things that we can do for you:

  • Create a Facebook page for your community and teach you how to use it
  • Offer free face painting at fundraising and other events
  • Feature you on our blog.
  • Get in touch to see how we could help your centre.

Balloons

Balloons work with bereaved children in the Exeter area to help them through the grieving and healing process.  They have volunteering opportunities available and offer full training.  Find out more at www.balloonscharity.co.uk

The Hub Yeovil

The Hub Yeovil is a community centre working with disabled people.  They run a range of microenterprises to teach members valuable life and enterprise skills.  www.thehubyeovil.co.uk

Healthy Babies UK

Healthy Babies UK provide training to healthcare professionals, children’s centre staff, nursery workers and mothers to support the health, development, and wellbeing of babies and young children.  www.healthy-babies-uk.org

The Money Advice Service

If you have any questions about money – investments, debt, budgeting – then the Money Advice Service can help.  Call them on 0300 500 5000 for free advice and support.

Training

The Education and Training Level 3 course has replaced the old Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Sector qualification, and enables you to teach anything that you are qualified or experienced in to adults (16+).  Information, Advice and Guidance is another useful qualification for the community sector.  Call us or email info@opsw.co.uk for more information.

What community centres do you use?  Why not visit your local centre to find out more about what they do and get involved!  Check out www.do-it.org or your local CVS office to find out if there are any volunteering opportunities near you.

The Hub Yeovil

18 Mar

Last month we went to have a look around The Hub Yeovil, a community centre in Yeovil.  We absolutely loved it there, a really inspirational, welcoming and friendly community centre.

The Hub Yeovil was set up in November 2010 by Sophie Mars and Clive Tuck.  It is a community centre for people with learning difficulties.  As well as being a great place for socialising and learning life skills, trainees learn new practical skills such as car valeting, growing plants, soap making and crafts.  A lot of the crafts use recycled products, which they obtain from the Yeovil Scrapstore, such as old clothes, magazines, books, newspapers, furniture.

Tie Dye

Aquaponics

Trainees use their new skills to create micro-enterprises, giving them all round skills to enable them to start their own businesses in the future, as well as giving them practical experience which will improve their employability.  The extra income that these micro-businesses bring in helps to keep the The Hub Yeovil a sustainable project.

Bags

Notice Boards

If you are looking for an ethical gift for someone, take a look at their lovely soaps which can be purchased through their website.

Soaps

Soaps and Bath Salts

They have exciting plans in the pipeline to open a shop selling the products that trainees have made, and are also looking for other ethically minded products to sell from the shop.

Show your support for this great project by liking their new Facebook page.