Community Souls has the pleasure of being featured in UnLtd's Impact Report as one of the 335 social entrepreneurs they supported in 2017/18. We're delighted to have their backing again this year with a £15,000 grant which will help us grow and employ more people. Great to see all the other organisations and projects featured.
‘Light Work’ is our new ongoing series that celebrates the people, groups, businesses and ideas that inspire us.
“The definition of fashion is it has to go out of fashion.
From working in luxury fashion for more than 10 years, I got so dis-encouraged by the constant need for new, and more. I had to stop and focus on what is essential to living a good life without the pressures to always be wearing the latest fashion that'll be gone the next week.
My antidote to this is to make essential garments that will withstand time and has been wholly considered from fibre to fit so everyone can go about living better, with less, that lasts longer.”
“My name is Sean Rennison Phillips AKA SRP and I'm an artist.
Growing up in Finchley I was immersed in a lot of London subcultures via older kids in secondary school, in particular graffiti and skateboarding. Skating taught me to view my environment differently and led to exploration of the city looking for places to skate.
Graffiti took this further taking me all city through the underbelly of London. It also taught me the skills of spacial awareness, balance, depth, shape and form which translated well into artistic painting.”
The movement began at a meeting in East London, when the grassroots organisation Citizens UK brought together churches, mosques, schools and other local institutions to talk about the issues affecting their communities. One issue came up again and again – low pay.
At the time the government’s minimum wage was just £3.70 an hour. At a major public assembly in 2004, Citizens UK persuaded the Mayor of London to help champion the Living Wage across the capital.
2011 the movement went national. London Living Wage launched the first UK Living Wage rate and set up a Living Wage Foundation to recognise and celebrate the great businesses that choose to go further than the government minimum.
In 2016 the Government increased the minimum wage for over-25 year olds. They called the new higher rate a ‘national living wage’. The problem is that the government minimum isn’t based on what people need to live on. With more than 5.5 million people paid less than the real Living Wage that meets the cost of living, the job is far from done.
More than 4,700 organisations across all sectors have joined the movement, including a third of the FTSE 100 and household names like the Houses of Parliament, Nationwide, Oxfam, ITV, @chelseafc @ikeauk and @burberry @communitysouls is proud to be London Living Wage employer.
ART AGAINST KNIVES has recently launched their third nail bar on Grahame Park estate, NW9. It supports some of the most vulnerable girls and young women on Barnet’s largest estate and one of its most disadvantaged areas.
The Big Give Christmas Challenge runs for a week from 27th November to 4th December and every £1 donated to us will be matched by another £1 – doubling your donation and your impact.
Art Against Knives are excited to announce the release of this EP featuring 4 tracks produced and recorded during 'The LAB’s' weekly studio sessions. This EP is the culmination of many months hard work by the 3 young artists 'Youth, Sparku & Lembz'. The inspiring quality of the music is testament to the professionalism and creativity of the young people Art Against Knives work with every week.
Released by: The Lab Records
EP release date: 10th July 2018
"We Can Be Heroes (too)" is an ongoing series from GZ&A that highlights the good, positive, even heroic work being done to make the world better. Our actions have profound impact; let's work together to be heroes in our communities.
This month Community Souls has be recognised within their series - A massive thank you to GZ&A
The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that Community Souls, has today accredited as a Living Wage employer.
The Living Wage Foundation recognises and celebrates the leadership shown by Living Wage employers across the UK. There are currently over 3000 accredited employers. The Living Wage Foundation supports employers to voluntarily go further than the government minimum and pay the real Living Wage, to all their staff, so they can earn enough to meet the cost of living.
The London Living Wage is currently £9.75 per hour (increase to £10.20 ph in Jan 2018). This figure covers all boroughs in Greater London. These figures are calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission, based on the best available evidence on living standards in London and the UK.
You can see more information about The Living Wage Foundation here
This summer Community Souls wins a ‘Do It Award’ from UnLtd, the UK’s foundation for social entrepreneurs. The funding and expert support from UnLtd will help the organisation make lasting social change in the community.
About UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs - UnLtd funds and support passionate and committed social entrepreneurs who are determined to tackle the key issues facing society. UnLtd began in 2002 and since then has given out over 13,000 awards of support and funding, direct and through partners, to social entrepreneurs to start up and scale their impact. It supports individuals running ventures firmly rooted in delivering positive social change. On top of this, UnLtd has developed a vibrant network of supporters in the UK and across the globe and is at the heart of a thriving movement for social change. Social entrepreneurs have solutions to some of the most pressing issues faced by society. UnLtd brings together insight and innovation from across the world so that social entrepreneurs can fulfil their potential to change the UK for the better.
For more information about the support offered by UnLtd go to www.unltd.org.uk
Rickardo, founder of Community Souls, said: “Working with UNLTD will enable Community Souls to approach the following 12 months with more confidence. The support will stabilise our business and allow us to focus on growth. It will also provide quality assurance, having support from such an established funder will allow us to showcase the quality of our work. Most importantly it will support us in increasing our social impact.”
Mark Norbury, UnLtd CEO, said: “Tackling society’s most complex challenges requires a radical shift in thinking and practice. That’s why social entrepreneurs are so important – they create bold, sustainable innovations based on their lived experience of the issues they are seeking to address. It is wonderful to see this summer’s cohort of award winners creating such social and economic value for their communities, while collaborating so well to get the most out of all their ideas, energy, resources and talent.”
Community Souls would like to welcome our newest volunteer;
Tess is our newest volunteer, who will be helping out primarily with marketing. Tess studied Philosophy at the University of Warwick, and then spent a year working in marketing at an e-commerce startup. She is also an art enthusiast and likes to paint in her free time!
This month Community Souls was successfully awarded a small grant from the Young Barnet Foundation #Space2Grow micro fund. The grant will be used for equipment and materials for our mentoring programme currently being delivered in the Barnet Pupil Referral Unit 'The Pavilion'.