Spring into Action Recognised in Enterprise Awards for Second Year Running

17th November 2014 - posted by Lucy Hamlin

Spring into Action were Highly Commended in the Small Social Enterprise of The Year at the annual SELNET Society in Enterprise award ceremony, which took place at The Blackpool Hilton on Friday 14th November.

Delighted founders of the company, Lucy Hamlin, Rachael McHugh and Dawn Vickers, set up Spring into Action in October 2012 after they spotted a gap in the market for quality services for people with learning disabilities.

The women said they are thrilled to be recognised again at the prestigious awards ceremony and hope it helps to raise awareness of their projects, enabling them to grow Spring’s services in 2015 and beyond. Rachael McHugh, Director added: “We won the New Social Enterprise award at last years event and so are so pleased to be recognised again by the social enterprise community this year.”

Spring into Action has been awarded grant funding of over £40,000 since 2012, to set up projects for people with learning disabilities across East Lancashire. The funding comes from a range of sources to set up various projects, predominantly in Hyndburn and Ribble Valley.

Lucy Hamlin, Director said: “To be awarded funding in our first year with no company trading record is a great achievement. But to be further awarded funding proves to us that we are delivering quality services to people with learning disabilities and this award further reinforces that for our team.

Since launching the company, Spring into Action has worked with 80 young people and adults with learning disabilities, provided employment opportunities for seven people and volunteering opportunities for four people.

They are currently looking for volunteers to join their Fun, Fit & Food project, which re-launches in January after a short break. Rachael McHugh said: “The Fun, Fit & Food Project has now been running for 12 months. We are looking for motivated volunteers to join this exciting project working with adults with learning disabilities to improve their health and wellbeing through fun activities, cook and eat and exercise sessions.”