2 year plan in place with £300,000 grant approved

plan-frontWe’re delighted to announce that our latest project plan has been approved and we anticipate drawing down a total of £300,000 towards projects over the next two years.

Details of the planned projects can be found here – and you will see there is a lot going on and to get involved with.

To sign up for more information or to join Riverside Community as a project volunteer or a member of the Board, please complete the form found here.

Grays and Thurrock Residents – Do you have a business idea, would a little funding help?

wonder-soupWe are excited to be partnering with Thurrock Council in launching Thurrock Soup – an event where local entrepreneurs with business or social enterprise ideas share their idea with others and the best idea is funded by the entrance fee!

This simple but effective concept can help you sharpen your focus and improve your idea whilst getting you the chance of winning a few hundred pounds to develop your business plan or product.

The first event will be hosted at The Beehive, West Street, Grays at 18:30 until 20:30 on Friday 9th September and the entrance fee of £5 will buy you a bowl of freshley prepared soup produced from locally grown organic produce and a delicious bread roll. (Of course at the end of the night all entrance fees will go to the winning business or social enterprise idea!)

To register for the event please visit the link here and remember to bring a five pound note with you!

 

Introducing Local People to UnLtd Star People Awards

Five local residents were invited to meet Roland Singer-Kingsmith, a social entrepreneurship manager from UnLtd, on 12th May to pitch their ideas for social enterprises that will benefit the Grays Riverside.

UnLtd provides support for budding social entrepreneurs across the UK including direct investment through their Awards Scheme and the type of practical support that an individual needs to get their project from the idea stage to an actionable business.

Roland’s team at UnLtd work with the various Big Local projects across the UK, one of which is Riverside Community, through the ‘Star People’ programme.

The projects discussed at the meetings cover a diverse range of ideas all of which are seen to have some beneficial value for the local community either directly through the delivery of services or indirectly through increased economic activity.

Three local residents who attended the Riverside Community AGM have already shown themselves to be eligible for the ‘Star People’ programme so if you have an idea for a social enterprise and you live in the Grays Riverside area, you can come down to the Riverside Community office and we can arrange a meeting with one of UnLtd’s ‘Star People’ team or you can go to www.unltd.org.uk/starpeople.