Spring Into Action Finalists In Enterprise Awards For Third Year Running
16th November 2015 - posted by Lucy Hamlin
Spring into Action have once again been shortlisted in the Small Social Enterprise of The Year category in the annual SELNET Society in Enterprise Awards and will attend the awards ceremony on 27th November at The Blackpool Hilton.
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 2016 and beyond. Rachael McHugh, Director said: “We won the New Social Enterprise award two years ago and were Highly Commended at last years event and so are so pleased to be recognised again by the social enterprise community this year.”
Lucy Hamlin, Director added: “It’s even more exciting for us this year, as both myself and Rachael were on maternity leave for the majority of his year and so it’s a credit to our staff and volunteers who have kept our projects running whilst we have taken time off.”
Spring into Action has been awarded grant funding of over £50,000 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. We now have a regular social club aimed at adults in Great Harwood, run outreach work to day centres and supported housing and have youth projects taking place.”
Since launching the company, Spring into Action has provided employment opportunities for seven people and volunteering opportunities for six people.
Spring into Action is always looking for volunteers to join their organisation and plans for 2016 include moving into office premises and launching even more projects.
Rachael added: “One project we have recently launched is Spring into Phab Volunteering – an enterprise project working with young people in the Ribble Valley to set up and launch a mini enterprise. We are training young people in a range of skills to enable them to take ownership of their very own business, and welcome any young people that would like to join our award winning organisation.”