An Edinburgh entrepreneur ended 2015 on a high after landing a share in £80k of funding for her life-changing social enterprise.
Linda Fay was awarded £25,000 from Firstport, Scotland’s start-up social enterprise development agency, to develop ‘Life-Pod’, which offers advice and support to people affected by hoarding disorder and other conditions resulting in chronic disorganisation.
She is the UK’s only certified chronic disorganisation and hoarding specialist for the condition which affects an estimated 6% of the UK population.
In 2014-15, Life-Pod provided support for 30 individual clients in their homes and delivered hoarding awareness training to more than 700 professionals in housing, health and social care teams.
Fay is now hoping the award will help her to work for Life-Pod full-time and is planning to invest her time in developing bespoke accredited training courses and materials for the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland (CIH) and The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS).
The three other Scottish social enterprises to share in the £80,000 prize pot were Babes in the Wood Pre-Loved Boutique in Bishoppbriggs, Try A Job in Glasgow, and House of Hope Recycling Village in South Lanarkshire, which were awarded £10,000, £20,000 and £25,000 respectively.
Karen McGregor, chief executive of Firstport, said: “2015 has been a fantastic year for social enterprises with now more than 5,000 social enterprises counted in Scotland*. It is great to support inspiring social entrepreneurs in their journey to help their communities and create more jobs. All four latest award winners have different social goals and illustrate the countless possibilities to ‘start something good’.
The awards are part of Firstport’s ‘Build It’ awards programme, which supports entrepreneurs to develop their existing social enterprises.
The entrepreneurs can apply for up to £25,000 to grow their business. The awards are funded by the Scottish Government’s Social Entrepreneurs Fund. As well as funding, Firstport provides one to one start up support and workshops through the Just Enterprise programme.