Somewhere secures support from UnLtd –
delivering social change in our community
Somewhere EDI Community Interest Company from Edinburgh secures support and funding from UnLtd to help build lasting social impact through their new Scotland-focused LGBTQ+ culture and enterprise magazine
Somewhere is proud to announce our award from UnLtd, the UK’s foundation for social entrepreneurs. The award’s funding and tailored business support will significantly help Somewhere to widen positive social impact for the LGBT+ community.
Somewhere exists to raise the visibility of LGBTQ+ people in everyday life, focusing on culture and enterprise spheres in particular. We are designing creative new ways to disrupt systemic barriers to inclusion and encourage community engagement through innovative partnerships. Our first projects are establishing our vision, reach and impact: The volunteer-led Somewhere at the Fringecampaign (supporting LGBTQ+ shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, made for, by or about the LGBTQ+ community) and the Somewhere MBA LGBT+ Scholarship (in partnership with the University of Edinburgh Business School) are now in their second year.
As discrimination and stigma continue to be a problem for all ages of LGBTQ+ people, and in local terms, as the number of hate crimes continues to rise in Scotland, the community continues to experience poor levels of mental health, through increased isolation and fear. Somewhere is tackling this by creating ways to positively represent, engage with and celebrate the achievements of the community, encouraging more LGBT+ people to live and work authentically, as their true selves.
The funding from UnLtd will help us launch our magazine in spring 2020. It will be a new, vibrant and dynamic print and digital offering, celebrating LGBTQ+ lives across Scotland and beyond. We will be putting a spotlight on LGBTQ+ arts, culture, heritage and enterprise - the four pillars of Somewhere’s activity.
Somewhere is a research-led enterprise, created and developed as part of Founder Kathryn Pierce’s Enterprise Master’s degree at Manchester Business School, so a particular focus on entrepreneurship and academic research will also form part of the magazine.
Somewhere is based in Edinburgh and our work has local, national and international links. Our organisation is run by a small team of directors: Kathryn Pierce, Thomas Anderson-Thatcher and Jules Stapleton-Barnes.
Nas Morley, UnLtd’s Director of Partnerships & Influence, underlined the timely importance of the expertise and support on offer and said: “I’m constantly amazed by the ideas social entrepreneurs have, especially as we welcome our latest cohort of award winners. Social entrepreneurs are true alchemists, taking society’s urgent problems and their lived experience and making innovative gold to share with their communities and beyond. This cohort represents that perfectly, and their unique alchemy is increasingly necessary in these trying and unpredictable times. To help our award winners create long-term success and impact, we give them with the tailored expertise, funding, and support networks they need. While I can’t predict the future, I can confidently say it will be a brighter one with the contribution these award winners will make to the lives of many and the society we live in.”
Kathryn Pierce, Somewhere’s Founder said: “Having UnLtd recognise the potential for Somewhere to make a lasting difference to LGBTQ+ people in Scotland means that we can now forge ahead. We so excited by how well our launch projects are doing, and this funding boost will enable us to move into the next stage of our development, focusing first on our new magazine.”
Thomas Anderson-Thatcher, Somewhere Director said: “Supporting and celebrating Scotland’s diverse and dispersed LGBTQ+ community will be at the heart of our new magazine. Through innovative collaborations and contributions, we can’t wait to publish the first issue and engage with communities across Scotland and beyond.”
UnLtd is currently working hard with partners from both the public and private sectors to deliver social impact by harnessing the huge potential of social entrepreneurs to solve society’s biggest challenges. The organisation is focused on three big impact areas; resilient communities, employability, and solutions for an ageing society.
More information on UnLtd’s latest funding opportunities is available online here.
For more information, please contact: kath@somewhereEDI.org
About UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs
UnLtd funds and supports passionate and committed social entrepreneurs who are determined to tackle the key issues facing society today.
UnLtd began in 2002 and since then has given out just under 20,000 awards of support and funding, direct and through partners, to social entrepreneurs to start up and scale their impact. It supports individuals running ventures firmly rooted in delivering positive social change.
UnLtd has developed a vibrant network of supporters in the UK and across the globe and is at the heart of a thriving movement for social change. Social entrepreneurs have solutions to some of the most pressing issues faced by society. UnLtd brings together insight and innovation from across the world so that social entrepreneurs can fulfil their potential to change the UK for the better.
For more information about the support offered by UnLtd go to www.unltd.org.uk
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