Existing Social Investments

Who We Fund

Based on the principles of our founder Cecil Jackson Cole and our current priorities, we currently support the following innovative organisations:

 

 

Long-term care for people with chronic illnesses and disabilities presents an urgent challenge around the world. The burden placed on unpaid family carers is immense and has a direct impact on their physical health, mental and emotional wellbeing and economic security. Carers Worldwide highlights the vital role played by carers. advocating for for their inclusion in mainstream development programmes and the development of carer-specific services.

Key Information
Name: Carers Worldwide
Nature of business: Advocates for the inclusion of carers in development programmes
Location: India, Nepal, South Asia
Impact: Improving the lives of carers in the developing world
Entrepreneurs:  Anil Patil
ACT investment: £50,000 per year
Nature of Investment:  Grant

Click here for the latest news from Carers Worldwide:
https://www.carersworldwide.org/

Emmanuel Akpan-Inwang, once a foster child himself and TeachFirst ambassador is looking to transform children’s residential care in the UK through his social enterprise Lighthouse, which will run children’s homes. Emmanuel researched the “social pedagogy’” approach to residential care widely used in Germany and Denmark and saw that such poor outcomes are avoidable.

Social pedagogy is education in a much broader sense and encompasses everything that you consider to be involved in raising a child. Well trained staff are employed to build relationships, create a home-like environment, and engage young people as equals in activities such as cooking dinner together.
The staff, who are university educated, are trained in understanding the interrelationships between physical, emotional, social and cognitive wellbeing – for example, how emotional problems can impact cognitive development.

Emmanuel believes that employing graduates who are well trained and paid in a way to reflect their skills will reduce the high staff turnover which is common in children’s homes and create a supportive learning environment.

Emmanuel believes that applying the social pedagogy model into children’s homes in England will not only improve educational outcomes, but that he’ll be able do it without charging more than the current private providers who run children’s homes for profit.

Key Information
Name: The Lighthouse
Nature of business: Children’s home
Location: South East England
Impact: The opening of a pedagogical children’s home
Entrepreneurs: Emmanuel Akpan-Inwang
ACT investment: £184,000 over 3 years
Nature of Investment: Grant

Click here for the latest news from Lighthouse:
https://www.thelight-house.org.uk/

Dementia Adventure is a social enterprise specialising in connecting people living with dementia with nature and a sense of adventure. They offer training for professional carers, conduct experiental days and holidays and support research and consultancy services to transform dementia care with nature in mind. ACT is supporting the develop of this growing social enterprise over the next four years.

Key Information
Name: Dementia Adventure
Nature of business: Connecting people living with dementia with nature and a sense of adventure.
Location: UK
Impact: Transforming dementia care with nature in mind
Entrepreneurs: Neil Mapes and Lucy Harding
ACT investment:  £324,000 –  started April 2014
Nature of Investment: Grant

Click here for the latest news from Dementia Adventure:
http://www.dementiaadventure.co.uk/

Restored is a Christian Alliance working to transform relationships and end violence against women. The alliance currently includes 59 member organisations in the U.K. and internationally. The organisation aims to equip churches to respond effectively to violence against women where they are located.

Key Information
Name: Restored
Nature of business: transforms relationships and ends violence against women
Location: UK and International
Impact: Violence against women
Entrepreneurs: Peter Grant and Mandy Marshall
ACT investment: £282,500 – started April 2014
Nature of Investment: Grant

Click here for the latest news from Restored:
http://www.restoredrelationships.org/news/

The Together Group is a partnership of social enterprises dedicated to creating full-time jobs for ex-offenders and other long-term unemployed people. Currently working with The Restore Trust and Aspire on a series of empty property renovations – all of which create employment opportunities, skills development, training and support for socially excluded people. ACT is funding the establishment of an overarching organisation over the period of three years, so that the Together model can be replicated across the country, following the successful development of Bristol Together and Midlands Together

Key Information
Name: The Together Group
Nature of business: Creating full-time jobs for ex-offenders and other long-term unemployed people
Location: UK
Impact: Employment for ex-offenders
Entrepreneurs: Paul Humphries
ACT investment: £245,000 – started March 2014
Nature of Investment: Grant

Click here for the latest news from The Together Group:
http://www.bristoltogether.co.uk/

!nspiraFarms provides turnkey, modular and affordable agricultural processing and value addition platforms to the small-scale fruit, vegetable and dairy industries allowing them to meet global food-safety certification and quality standards for the supply of healthy and nutritious food to local and international markets. All solutions are designed to fit smallholders’ value addition and asset management needs focusing on cash flow growth and stability.

Key Information
Name: Inspira Farms
Nature of business: turnkey, modular and affordable agricultural processing and value addition platforms to the small-scale fruit, vegetable and dairy industries
Location: Kenya and Guatemela
Impact: allowing them to meet global food-safety certification and quality standards for the supply of healthy and nutritious food to local and international markets
Entrepreneurs: Tim Chambers and Michele Bruni
ACT investment: £200,000 – started October 2014
Nature of Investment: Returnable grant with repayments triggered by achievement of an agreed sale target

Click here for the latest news from !nspiraFarms:
http://www.inspirafarms.com/

Diffusion Homeless Fiction Project

SPCK’s ‘Diffusion Prison Fiction Project’ has been helping prisoners across the UK improve their literacy skills through twelve easy-to-read books which offer discussion questions at the end of each chapter. Building on the success of this programme, SPCK are being funded by ACT to explore how these books could be made available to homeless people to help them improve their prospects as poor literacy is one of the key factors keeping people out of employment.

This project takes an innovative approach to tackling the root causes of homelessness: as well as improving literacy, the books promote self-esteem and a positive view of relationships which can also help vulnerable people to avoid getting into precarious housing situations.

A study conducted by St Mungo’s Broadway, a major homelessness charity in 2014, found that over half of homeless people lacked basic literacy skills and struggled to find employment as a result.

In order to make these books available to the homeless SPCK are conducting a feasibility project to find out whether the project that was designed for prisoners can be easily adapted for the homeless.

“It is ages since I have read a book and I found it totally engaging which has led me to desire to read more books. I found it very thought provoking and [it] made me think about myself and my attitudes, challenging my view on violence and revenge. Prisoner, HMP Hewell, August 18”

Key Information
Name: SPCK
Nature of business: Publishing
Location: UK
Impact: TBC
Entrepreneurs: Diffusion Homeless Project
ACT investment: £2000
Nature of Investment: Feasibility study

Click here for the latest news from SPCK:
https://www.diffusionbooks.org.uk/

The Cinnamon Network knows that a small amount of money can go a long way in helping a local church start a new community project.

ACT and Cinnamon have partnered together to create a funding stream to support 20 local churches a year, in ACT priority areas across the UK, to start a tried-and-tested Cinnamon Recognised Project.

Cinnamon’s ‘Smart Funding’ approach enables local churches to receive a much needed Micro-Grant of £2,000 to help kick start the project, but also access to a complementary package of support including one-to-one community development advice and support from a Cinnamon Advisor, and Cinnamon Leadership Training. This unique approach equip social action project leaders with the skills they need to run a transformative and sustainable church-based project. Each of the Cinnamon Recognised Projects has a track record of delivering impact across the country, and supports one or more of the core themes:

  • Enabling children and young people to flourish
  • Supporting safe, stronger families
  • Building safer, stronger communities
  • Fighting poverty
Key Information
Name: Cinnamon Network
Nature of business: Church projects
Location: UK
Impact: Small scale local community projects
Entrepreneurs: Church leaders
ACT investment: £140,000 over two years
Nature of Investment: Grant funding

Click here for the latest news from Cinnamon Network :
https://www.cinnamonnetwork.co.uk/micro-grants/

Mustard Seed Property aim to invest in houses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly for use as supported accommodation for vulnerable adults and those at risk of homelessness.

A six bedroomed house in Helston is already in use, with support provided by local partner organisations specialising in support for vulnerable adults and those with learning disabilities.

Their second fund raise was for an additional property, which will accommodate a further 9 vulnerable adults in Cornwall. Using the Ethex retail investment platform, individuals and local investors are offered the potential to earn a 4.5% targeted return on investments from just £250. ACT provided a matching pot of £50,000 to match this retail offer resulting in the organisation raising above their minimum target before the close date.

Key Information
Name: Mustard Seed Property
Nature of business: Property (supported accommodation)
Location: Cornwall
Impact:
Entrepreneurs: Daniel Brewer
ACT investment: £50,000
Nature of Investment: Equity investment

Click here for the latest news from Mustard Seed:
http://mustardseedproperty.co.uk/

Resonance is a social impact investment company who work with social enterprises and charities, offering advisory services to help them raise capital from like-minded investors. Resonance also create and manage award winning impact investment funds, which focus on tackling major societal issues, with particular expertise in homelessness, poverty, community-led projects, health & wellbeing and education. Their funds aim to deliver a financial return and a targeted social impact to investors.

Their largest fund is the Resonance Homelessness Property Funds, which have reached over £195m of funds under management, and housing over 1,300 people on their way out of homelessness.

Key Information
Name: Resonance
Nature of business: Social Impact Investing
Location: UK
Impact: The Homelessness property Fund has housed over 1,300 people on their way out of homelessness.
Entrepreneurs:
ACT investment: £15,000
Nature of Investment: Social Impact Investment

Click here for the latest news from Resonance:
https://resonance.ltd.uk/

Abode Impact was launched in July 2017 to increase the supply of accessible housing for wheelchair users.

ACT provided Abode Impact with a loan to enable the development of a property investment fund. The fund has not yet been brought to market but ACT continues to work with Abode and other investors in an attempt to find alternative ways of securing the original social objectives.

Key Information
Name: Abode Impact
Nature of business: Property
Location: London
Impact:
Entrepreneurs: Eleanor Bowden and David Toplas
ACT investment: £90,000
Nature of Investment: Housing fund