Freedom Bakery operates an artisan bakery and catering facility within HMP Low Moss providing on the job training to current prisoners. Freedom Bakery believe employment is key to breaking the re-offending cycle, the bakery within the prison provides not only a place of work, but a place for personal development. The investment package from Resilient will be used to purchase kitchen equipment and a delivery vehicle.
Matt Fountain, Managing Director said ‘The funding from Resilient Scotland has been integral to Freedom Bakery successfully starting up. The funding has enabled us to purchase a baker’s oven and a van whilst also providing us with working capital. Without the support of Resilient Scotland we couldn’t do what we are doing now.’
Dream Machine offers a place to relax, play and create, offering sensory immersion workshops and the opportunity to embark on a journey of self-discovery. Dream Machine have recently taken on a 5 year lease of a former warehouse in the East End and plan to refurbish it into a social enterprise hub, offering sensory immersion rooms, workshop space, gig and studio space, plus hot desk areas and a café.
Matt Lygate Creative Director said, “The backing of Resilient Scotland will help us reignite the community camp fire through the use of relaxation, food, upcycling and dance. Resilient will turn all our ideas into reality.”
Networks4Learning provide practical IT training in the field of computer networking to young people within the black, minority and ethnic community in Glasgow who are a risk of social inclusion and/or unemployment. The training they offer provides a foundation for recognised IT qualifications. They also export affordable and innovative computer networking solutions (using Raspberry PI) to address the needs of schools and colleges in East Africa. The investment from Resilient will allow them to invest in computer equipment and for other costs associated with exporting training equipment to Kenya.
Njiraini Nganga, of Networks4Learning said “We are delighted to have secured an investment from Resilient Scotland, which could not have been more timely for us. With this funding, we have been able to keep our doors open and continue to provide specialist training in the growing field of computer networking to young individuals from underprivileged black and ethnic minority (BME) community backgrounds in Glasgow, who generally suffer unemployment and the resultant danger of social exclusion.”
Chris Holloway, Head of Resilient Scotland added “Our investment packages have been designed to help organisations who are trying to tackle key social issues. We hope that with our support we can help them develop enterprising businesses and become more sustainable. Whilst, creating a lasting impact on the communities which they support.”