Keep Connected grant helps Herefordshire based Social enterprise
10th June, 2020
Herefordshire based Social enterprise, Mission Me, benefits from Fastershire's ‘Keep Connected’ grant.
Mission Me is a social enterprise providing educational tutoring and mentoring to young people who might be struggling with confidence or have experienced a disrupted academic life.
A key part of the group’s approach was providing support in students’ own homes, which became impossible following lockdown.
"It was a really scary time,’ said Tamla Bowdler, the group’s founder and Managing Director who is based in Herefordshire. "Almost overnight our revenue dried up but more importantly the need for our service increased."
It was at this time that Tamla heard of the Fastershire ‘Keep Connected’ grant of up to £500 available from Herefordshire Council, which is open to community groups and not-for-profit organisations to help them adjust to delivering services online.
Her successful application helped fund, among other things, a video conferencing subscription enabling students to continue to benefit from learning and mentoring following the move online.
"Without this grant we wouldn’t have been able to carry on," Tamla added. "But thanks to it we’ve actually massively expanded our service offering."
This includes launching the Skills Impact 2020 scheme which is a three-day online interactive programme for Years 10 and 11 students offering self-directed learning in an apprentice-style environment.
"Like everyone, our students had received no classroom teaching for a while," explains Tamla. "It’s a critical time for many of them. Work experience placements, for instance, went out of the window. But Mission Me works on a Confidence First model, placing the young person at the centre of their life, maximising skills they already have. We’re confident Skills Impact 2020 will help.
"The programme runs between July 6 – 17 and is very different to school lessons, helping develop communication, teamwork and leadership in a variety of real-world scenarios. Without the Fastershire funding, this simply wouldn’t have been possible."