Case Studies

Several of the successful first round Stepping Stones applicants were interviewed by the Media Trust to provide the following case studies.

Providence Row

This organisation, which aims to tackle the root causes of homeless, was awarded £48,200 for a full-time Business Development Officer and overhead costs to work on plans for their bakery and room hire business This grant was made under the Piloting Outcomes strand.

Providence Row works with more than a thousand homeless and vulnerably housed people a year in East London, offering an integrated service of crisis support, advice, recovery and learning and training programmes.

Their social enterprise Rise Bakery enables rough sleepers and formerly homeless trainees to gain skills, experience and a qualification under the supervision of trained chefs producing high quality goods for sale to the public. The bakery is an extension of the charity’s award-winning Catering Trainee Scheme, which has been helping people into work through training for five years.

Watch the first interview with this organisation here, and the second interview here. You can read more about both interviews here.

A third interview which took place in September 2016 can now be viewed below:

 

Action Tutoring

A charity which supports young people to achieve through volunteer tutors, they were awarded £50,000 for work to improve tutor materials and training resources, recruitment of a programme coordinator and improvements to the way in which pupil outcomes are monitored. This grant was made under the Capacity Building strand.

Action Tutoring supports young people facing socio-economic disadvantage to achieve a meaningful level of academic attainment, with a view to enabling them to go on to further education, employment or training. They achieve this by partnering high quality volunteer tutors with pupils to increase their subject knowledge, confidence and study skills.

Watch the first interview with this organisation here, and the second interview here. A third and final interview took place in December 2016 and this can be viewed below.

You can also read more about all the interviews here.

 

Enabling Enterprise

This award-winning not-for-profit social enterprise, set up by a team of teachers in 2009, received £40,000 towards work to measure and report the outcomes of its work under the Piloting Outcomes strand.

Enabling Enterprise work in partnership with over 70 top businesses including PwC, Virgin and Hamleys to bring the world of work into the classroom through a combination of lesson-time projects, challenge days and trips to our business supporters.

Watch the first interview with this organisation here, and the second interview here. A third and final interview took place in December 2016 and this can be viewed below.

You can also read more about all the interviews here.

 

Forest Farm Peace Garden

This charity which is based in Hainault, East London, received £12,600 towards the development of business plans and fundraising for the East London Growers initiative under the Capacity Building strand.

Forest Farm Peace Garden is an organic food-growing permaculture site with an ecotherapy programme for supported clients. They work with a broad cross-section of the local community to promote mental and physical health, social inclusion, intercultural awareness, and environmental sustainability.

Watch the first interview with this organisation here, and the second interview here. You can read more about both interviews here.

A third interview which took place in September 2016 can now be viewed below:

 

Tower Hamlets Community Transport

This organisation were awarded £49,200 towards the pilot of an online marketplace for community transport in order to bring the concept to a stage where it is ready for social investment and to be scaled up. This was made under the Piloting Outcomes strand.

Tower Hamlets Community Transport manages a fleet of accessible minibuses for third sector organisations in Tower Hamlets who provide a variety of services ranging from social care for the elderly, people with learning and/or physical disabilities, faith organisations and groups supporting leisure and sports activities.

Watch the first interview with this organisation here. A second and final interview took place in December 2016 and you can view this below:

You can read about both interviews here.