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Further Covid-19 resources and funding

Covid-19 funding news and updates Support from Voluntary Sector Funders, See the Croydon Voluntary Action funding page for further updates. NCVO Financial Support and funding update page. General Covid-19 support Applications are still open for the Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme, in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs and jointly funded by The National Lottery Community Fund. The deadline to apply is 30th April 2020. #startinggood Summit starts May 11th. Ready to learn from the best? Join 10,000+ Social Entrepreneurs for a 10 Day Virtual Feast! Free three day online Business Start Up Read more »

Published: April 21, 2020.

Covid-19 update

We hope everyone is well, following government and health authority advice and coping with the C19 shutdown. Although Red Ochre has closed its offices in line with official guidance the team is working from remote locations. We are supporting our existing clients with email, Skype, Zoom and MS Teams conferencing. If you would like to make contact with us the most efficient way is via email in the first instance. Uday Thakkar, MD & coFounderRobert Foster, coFounder & senior consultantMartin Cooper, EU Project lead Emergency funding The Coronavirus Charity Help Fund offers grants of £5-20K for specific coronavirus poverty relief Read more »

Published: March 22, 2020.

Get paid to come to one of our upcycling workshops!

Get paid to attend two incredible up-cycling workshops (no experience necessary)! We are urgently looking for anyone 16-30 years old who wants to join two upcycling workshops we are co-running this week in London. Can you or someone you know come and benefit from these? You do not need to know or do anything special, you are very welcome exactly as you are. We will even pay you £30 to attend one session (or £60 if you can make both)! Thursday 12th March, 10.45-13.30Make your own jewellery and keyrings with Plastic Seconds With: Maria Papadimitriou, Founder of Plastic SecondsVenue: Drink Shop Do, Read more »

Published: March 9, 2020.

Here’s a short video on social impact I did with Common Venture last week. Read more »

Published: February 21, 2020.

Red Ochre’s work profiled in Pioneers Post

Robert was interviewed about the work with disabled entrepreneurs in Indonesia that Red Ochre has been doing in partnership with Disability Empowerment Centre (DEC) in south central Java. Read more »

Published: January 31, 2020.

The completion of a very successful creative and enterprise skills programme: Young ChangeMakhers

The programme to challenge and encourage 60 young females in Egypt to start and scale creative and social enterprises concluded at the end of November 2019. The programme was delivered as a partnership between Red Ochre and Ashoka Arab World. This was part of the British Council’s global DICE programme. Read more »

Published: January 31, 2020.

V&A Launches New Culture in Crisis Database

The V&A has launched the Culture in Crisis portal as part of its Culture in Crisis Programme, which was set up to share information and knowledge on cultural protection, and support and encourage action across the world. Read more »

Published: January 28, 2020.

Further funding and expert support for high streets

The Government has announced the first 14 of 20 pilot areas to receive tailored expert support for the rejuvenation of their town centres as part of the Future High Streets Fund. Read more »

Published: January 28, 2020.

One Of The World’s Biggest Investors Is Preparing Its $178B Portfolio For Climate Change

Dutch investment giant PGGM is undertaking a radical exercise to find out which assets and areas in its portfolio are most exposed to climate change, and using the data to shape future investment decisions, including where it buys new buildings. Read more »

Published: January 28, 2020.

RBS launches £1 billion Female Entrepreneurship Funding

RBS has announced a new £1 billion in funding through NatWest to support female entrepreneurs in the UK to scale and grow – the largest intervention by a UK lender focused specifically on female-led businesses. Read more »

Published: January 28, 2020.

What does Brexit mean for the social sector?

EU Consult, the European Association of Consultants to and about Not-for-Profit Organisations, has released a briefing statement on the likely impact of Brexit. The document is practical and has links to up to date and relevant sources of further information. You can read the briefing note here. Read more »

Published: December 20, 2019.

Crowdfund London

Crowdfund London is open for pitches now. You could also get up to £50,000 match funding from the Mayor too. Innovative ideas are welcome e.g. reimagining an old coal line, making a new community hub or creating much needed new urban green spaces. The main proviso is that your community-led project aspires to improve your local area. Apply via Spacehive by 13 January 2020. Read more »

Published: December 18, 2019.

Need help making a video?

Chartity Comms has released a guide on making films for social change. If you’re not sure where to start have a look at the FilmKit guide for both theory and practical advice that’ll help get you started. View the guide and toolkit here. Read more »

Published: December 18, 2019.

Skuna Hot Tub in the news

If you’re looking for something different for your next social event have a look a look at Skuna Hot Tug, a client of Red Ochre. They making waves (pun intended) and were recently covered in Time Out London. Read more »

Published: November 29, 2019.

Young Changemakehers

Uday has been facilitating a programme to develop creative, critical thinking and entrepreneurial skills in Cairo. The project is to empower and upskill 60 young women from all over Egypt, many of whom are disadvantaged in the labour market. The programme has been run in partnership with Ashoka Arab World. The project known as Young Changemakehers is part of the British Council DICE programme (Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies). Young Changemakehers builds on the long established British Council Young Changemakers programme. Read more »

Published: November 27, 2019.