We had 5 exciting new social enterprises who pitched to the “Community of Dragons” on the evening of Friday 5th May 2017. They were:
- Calder Valley Community Land Trust
- Scavengers of Calderdale
- The Real Junk Food Project Calderdale
42 pledges of support were made, including:
- Business mentoring
- Support with accounts and book-keeping
- Space to run workshops
- Free education and training
- Actually getting involved
- Even some money, although no-one asked for any.
More information on the pitching enterprises below…
Calder Valley Community Land Trust
The Calder Valley Community Land Trust is a member led community benefit society which aims to secure a vibrant future for all in the Calder Valley by holding and developing land and buildings sustainably on behalf of the community.
Our core purpose is to tackle the lack of affordable housing in the Upper Calder Valley by creating community owned homes for rent at a price that doesn’t break the bank. All homes will be built to high standards of performance and sustainability, keeping running costs low.
We have secured some initial grant funding through Locality and Big Potential, together with great support from Calderdale Council, which has enabled us to consult the community on, and move forward with two significant developments:
- Walsden – Six bungalows for the elderly, jointly with John Eastwood Homes
- Hebden Bridge – around 25 new homes on the former High Street (the land opposite the Fox and Goose)
For people who need care at home, Careshare will provide a local matching and care management service which offers both givers and receivers of social care choice over every aspect of it, including the opportunity to occupy both roles. Care workers get to set their own hourly rates with the service taking a minimum commission to provide key services like insurance, support with tax and access to advanced practitioners, resources and expertise. They get to choose who they care for and when. Unlike other platforms, they can choose to become employees as more regular work becomes available.
Care users and their families get to choose who cares for them and what that looks like. They can earn sterling or ‘Care Coins’ through offering support to others. As with a timebank, they can exchange Care Coins for more hours of support than their funding allows for. They can also store the coins to insure against future need and they can donate them to others.
This approach recognises that people who use services can increase their wealth and improve their health through sharing skills and supporting others. In turn, getting support from someone going through similar experiences to you is one of the most effective, powerful and long-lasting ways to get great results from your care.
Careshare seeks to develop a ‘solidarity economy for care’ – an economy which stops seeing people as passive users of social care services, which appreciates the incredible value of peer support and fairly rewards those who give it. An economy which gives the lion’s share of the wealth to those at the front-line and truly values the people who matter most – the givers and users of social care.
Scavengers of Calderdale Project
We live in a consumer society that produces an excess of goods that are cleverly made to break quickly and are then disposed of after a short life span. We could go on complaining about that but until someone comes up with a better system lets adopt the mentality of the scavenger and turn the situation to our advantage: We are surrounded by an abundance of free resources! Wielding screwdrivers we will get busy on some old computers and turn the nasty things into a glorious pile of useful ‘bits to make things with’.
The Scavengers Project is educational; it aims to empower people with skills that allow them to take control of (rather than being controlled by) the technology that surrounds us. It promotes Upcycling and Open Source tools and encourages awareness of the causes and consequences of obsolescence.
Young people are the priority beneficiaries (as they will be the ones clearing up our mess) but the workshops and drop-in sessions are open to anyone to get involved. The project is proposed by Steve Summers (Noisy Toys) and Mick Chesterman (EdLab).
- Run a regular, free, drop-in skills-sharing/scavenging club locally
- Expand the reach of successful workshops such as Circuit Boxes
- Offer free and subsidised workshops to local schools/groups
- Develop new workshops
- Train new workshop leaders
- Make workshop resources freely available online
- Process e-waste and collect usable resources/components
- Support development of new products
Aims & Objectives:
- Improve and expand new educational methods
- Empower people to gain new skills and take control of technology
- Support people to earn independent income using new skills
- Increase awareness of built-in obsolescence; causes & consequences
- Allow for expansion into different areas through development of products and workshops
A project of http://noisytoys.org/
The Real Junk Food Project Calderdale
We are a totally volunteer run community project based on the 1st Floor of Salem Mill, Salem Street, Hebden Bridge. The Real Junk Food Project Calderdale aims to reduce unnecessary food waste and the climatic and impacts of this by salvaging the food thrown away by our community supermarkets and other food retailers. We transform it into delicious and nutritional vegetarian meals. All meals are served on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis. We are open Tuesday’s, Wednesdays & Thursday’s every week on a community café space basis.
How did it start? The Real Junk Food Project Calderdale is part of the wider Real Junk Food Project network, founded by Adam Smith in Leeds. Adam began the project by opening the first café in December 2013 at Armley Junction in Leeds, and there are now well over 100 other café’s that have joined the network, both in the UK and internationally.
What is ‘pay as you feel’? ‘Pay as you feel’ enables customers decide for themselves how much they feel their meal is worth based on their appreciation of the food and our wider project, and contribute accordingly. ‘Pay as you feel’ is not just about money and customers can choose to pay in other ways too; by volunteering to cook, serve, wash up, do DIY or help us with publicity and social media for example.
We now intend to our play a part in creating a Real Junk Food legacy for the project. We now want to use our intercepted food waste as a teaching resource to teach people how to cook basic healthy, sustainable food as well as helping reduce food waste at home and within the community. A community based kitchen can also be opened up to other food related activities such as baking, fermenting and preserving with waste or food excess.
We are always on the lookout for enthusiastic volunteers who can support us by volunteering in the café and at events and by promoting our café.
In 2016 Julie Turner established a fibre arts business. Using fleece from the family flocks in the Calder Valley Halifax and other hand picked British breeders TurnAcre Ryeland Wool Products uses only pedigree British Ryeland and Coloured Ryeland wool to produce a range of mill and hand-spun yarns, home wares and fashion accessories.
TurnAcre also delivers talks and workshops to a range of groups including workshops – Learn to spin on a drop spindle, weaving and felting.