Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

GM Social Investment - case studies

We have now invested in eighteen organisations and expect to announce more very soon! We are working with our investees to produce case studies so you can see what they're using the investment for and how it's going to make a difference to their social impact. 

Upturn Enterprise Limited, £50,000 (December 2018) to grow their training academy/agency service with a particular focus of working with the Health and Social Care sector. This builds on their work in disadvantaged areas to help improve lives, create job opportunities, support people into work and encourage enterprise.

Dynamic Support of Greater Manchester, £32,400 (December 2018) to set up a mobile catering van for SAWA BBQ Ltd to prepare and sell African barbecued food and provide opportunities for African women and girls to gain confidence and catering experience. SAWA, a wholly owned subsidiary, will return profits to Dynamic Support to develop their activities which aim to engage women in health and well-being activities.

IVAORG CIC, £50,000 (December 2018) to expand their services to individuals throughout the UK who are struggling with the problems associated with overburdening debt. This includes financial counselling, support with debt management and development of their office base.

Radcliffe Market Hall, £40,000 (October 2018) for improvements to their food hall, which will further enable their support of local, small and start-up traders and work with marginalised communities.

Greater Manchester TreeStation, £50,000 (September 2018) for photovoltaic panels and upgrading their firewood processor to increase the efficiency of their arboreal and firewood services and to further build on their environmental and community projects.

Hidden Treasure Discovery Centre, £33,000 (August 2018) for working capital to help them further develop their community play centre and cafe along with their education suite, which will offer adult courses alongside their offer for children and families.

LBC Lifeline Resources Ltd, £15,000 (July 2018) to trade and develop markets in the UK for speciality tea from Kenya. Income generated will enable them to provide training, counselling and advice in relation to employment and enterprise development among social and economically disadvantaged people.

WHAG Community Enterprises CIC, £50,000 (July 2018) to employ a Development Manager and Training Manager for the organisation. WHAG CIC was set up to support the WHAG charity, who support and empower vulnerable women and people affected by domestic abuse.

MhIST, £50,000 (April 2018) to fund a marketing campaign and recruit a business development officer and sales administrator.

Goddard CCP CIC, £50,000 (March 2018) to recruit a sales manager. Goddard case study.

Project.INC. £32,000 (March 2018) for staff recruitment and premises costs to open another base.

Gaydio CIC, £35,000 (March 2018) to recruit a sales team manager and renovate/repair their office environment and equipment. Gaydio CIC is a radio station specifically serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and also provides training and development opportunities for LGBT people. Gaydio case study

Involved (Salford), £10,000 (March 2018) staff time to enable more support for volunteers and to further monitor their social impact.

Sow the City, £41,900 (January 2018) to help them develop the Boiler House site and grow their team - Sow the City case study.

Cartwheel Arts, £50,000 (December 2017) to develop their 'Wellbeing Dominos' game and recruit a part time sales worker - Cartwheel Arts case study.

MadLab, £50,000 (November 2017) to develop a brand and identity for MadLab's training courses and recruit additional staff.

TLC: Talk Listen Change, £50,000 (November 2017) to run a year long marketing campaign across Greater Manchester - TLC case study.

More case studies coming soon...


Good Finance also have a number of case studies to show how organisations across the UK are already using social investment.

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