Yorkshire and the Humber’s finest social businesses of 2016 have been chosen, these organisations combine the best of enterprise with a commitment to a social mission to aid local communities.
Social Enterprise Yorkshire and the Humber is pleased to announce our award winners for 2016. The awards were presented at the SEYH Awards Gala Dinner on the evening of Tuesday 18th October at St Georges Centre in Leeds
The SEYH Award Winners for 2016 are:
Start-up of the Year: Affordable Justice
Social Impact of the Year: The Warren Youth Project
Social Investment of the Year: St Matthews House Ltd (Trading as The Art House)
Social Entrepreneur of the Year: Elliott Turnbull (The Works Skatepark)
Social Enterprise of the Year: Evolve: A Social Impact Company
Affordable Justice was established in response to the swingeing cuts to legal aid for victims of domestic violence and abuse. Affordable Justice want to ensure that women and children can access legal advice and representation by offering affordably-priced, non-profit making family law legal services, provided by qualified solicitors who are experts in this field.
The Warren provide support services, positive experiences, training and education and counselling to marginalised/vulnerable young people (10-25yrs), including those experiencing physical and mental health problems, in a safe and empowering environment. Their impact means Young People are listened to and get the support, space and time they need to feel empowered enough to ultimately take control of their lives. This requires an environment where YP can be who you they are without feeling judged - we believe we create that place. The Warren has also launched Warren Records a record label for young people run by young people.
The Art House (registered name, St Matthew’s House) is a new charity in Sheffield, offering arts workshops, the city’s first community pottery, a café and an exhibition space. The purpose of the Art House is to enable the recovery of people with mental health problems and support the development of others living with disadvantage.
The Art House is the result of the £1.5m refurbishment of St Matthews House a semi-derelict grade 2 listed building in Sheffield’s city centre. The following social investment has enabled this building to become a stunning landmark offering high quality opportunities to the whole community. Art House received loans from Charity Bank, Vincent House and Key Fund which helped leverage grants from the European Regional Development Fund, Tudor Trust and Church Burgesses Trust.
Elliott Turnbull is the CEO of The Works Skatepark Charity. From its conception back in 2007 to the charity buying the business in 2012; Elliott has strived with passion, enthusiasm and dedication to make the facility available to all. There are two areas to the charity – the skatepark and the alternative provision. Elliott’s initial vision was to have the charity to buy a private business and run it as a social enterprise, pledging all profits to provide more facilities for local people. He managed to secure agrant from Jimbo’s Fund and raised the rest through The social Investment Business, allowing the charity to purchase the shares making it into a social enterprise. After doing this, very successfully (even though he had experience personal tragedy), he strived to grow the works. From January 2014 he has created an Off-site provision for young people, which started with 1 young person and 2 employees, through his vision to help more young people it has grown to support 150 young people and 12 “educational” employees.
Evolve supports children growing up in the Digital Age. Physical Health and Emotional Wellbeing are under threat as never before with inactivity, obesity, Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes and many Cancers the result – along with alarming, rising concerns about the mental health of children.
Evolve Health Mentors working in schools aim to reverse these negative trends by holistically bringing children to a happier, healthier and more successful space which, in turn, will provide the educational gains that the system demands.