Ten applicants were shortlisted, from an applicant base of 277, in the first half of May 2018. These shortlisted applicants are presented below, along with their immediate support needs.

Supporters and pro bono partners of the awards are now invited to engage with these organisations to assist their development over the weeks leading to the finalé event on 27th June, at which a winner, or winners, will be selected.

Please take some time to review the applicants below and their support needs and get in touch where you think you may be able to assist in their development. You can access most of their websites and original applications to the awards via the buttons below.

Compass Project

Developed by the team at Age UK South Lakeland, Compass provides real-world solutions for a number of age old problems.  Currently in use across Cumbria, the first problem we were determined to solve using Compass was: How do we identify those clients who are at risk of declining towards a crisis before the crisis occurs? We achieved this by developing a risk stratification and assessment system which involves an in-depth, friendly, guided conversation, giving an older person the opportunity to tell us in detail about 5 key domains of their living experience. We carefully capture their answers in Compass and, using data analysis, produce a user-friendly visual risk report to identify areas of life likely to trigger a crisis, such as money, social contact, management of health conditions and home situation. We then work with the older person to implement an action plan to address their personal risks. This might include benefit entitlement, help to engage socially or support to better manage health problems.

The next challenge was: How do we prove to our funders that the work we do actually has a positive impact on our clients lives, that our services are cost effective and represent good value for money? We achieved this by developing our online digital platform that enables us to produce detailed impact reports from our rich data set. However, the challenges do not stop there, they come thick and fast – How do we work better and safely with partners and share information? How do we provide a trusted and reliable access point to the third sector so statutory services can work with us in true partnership? How do we provide the confidence to enable statutory partners to fund services in the third sector and know they are getting what the paid for? We believe the Compass online digital platform can provide the much needed coherence the third sector and statutory services so badly need.  Support needed:

  • Legal advice – what legal entity should we create to enable us to develop Compass into a national solution? Our preferred route to market would be to invite town, district or county councils to sponsor an area.
  • Commercial advice – what infrastructure would be required to enable us to support other organisations using Compass? How can we keep it low cost and low risk to Age UK South Lakeland, whilst enabling other communities to benefit?
  • Financial advice – how do we secure the financial investment we need to enable us to fund a national expansion of Compass?

If you think you can help, please contact Hugh Tomlinson at htomlinson@ageuksouthlakeland.org.uk


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EcoAct Tanzania

We are a social enterprise established a micro health insurance program which uses garbage as a financial resource. With this program, the community and uninsured poor slum dwellers are able to pay for health cover, drugs and other clinical services by using garbage as payment to an insurance scheme. Our model improves sanitation & health access in slums.

This, in turn improves their access to medical treatment and the quality of public health program with respect to promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative wellbeing mainly targeting slum children below 5 years and expectant women. It further offers the community an incentive to start an organized waste management and waste entrepreneurship system from household level so as to benefit from continual health insurance.

Using our chemical free and energy conserving innovative technology, we recycle and transform the collected plastic garbage and packaging materials into durable plastic timbers used for building, construction and well as furniture making, we are exclusively financed through the sale of plastic timbers that we design and sell to our customers including, real estate developers, domestic home developers, road contractors, farmers and the government agencies, the revenue generated covers the medical insurance expenses and a certain percent remains as profit for the enterprise: We are looking support in the below areas:

  • Comprehensive Business plan: We are currently looking support to review and develop a comprehensive business plan that will help us and remain as our guide line for our social enterprise for the next five years. The business plan should point out both tangible results we expect at the triple bottom line level (impacting people, environment and generating revenue)
  • Branding: We are currently looking for support on how best we could develop a branding strategy with regards to our service and products, how could we remain unique with our technology and service while maintaining the global growing brand that is scaling to our target market. How could we organize/mobilize recourses and build a team that will make such a brand possible.
  • Funding: We are also looking for support to learn/understand/explore on what are the possible ways we could raise funds to meet the required funding to execute our business plan, strategically focusing on funding options, funding opportunities, funding strategies, and funding connections.

Email Christian Mwijage at chrissmwijage@gmail.com


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The Equal Access Loan

In September 2017 RefuAid launched the first (and only) nationwide loan scheme for refugees. The loan scheme provides support to those who have been granted refugee status and have full rights to remain and to work.

We offer interest-free loans of up to £10,000, for internationally-trained refugees to pay for UK accreditation, requalification or training, enabling them to return to employment in their prior professional fields.

Loans are assessed on a character-basis, harnessing the power of human relationships to provide lifelines to individuals who have no alternative access to credit. Repayment plans are worked out on an individual basis with the applicant.

Support needed:

  • Mentoring opportunities and career advice for loan recipients. A critical part of the Equal Access Loan scheme is providing clients with mentors in the UK in their professional area of expertise. We have found that by connecting recipients with a mentor, the pathway to employment becomes much clearer and great connections and opportunities become available.
  • Fundraising for loan capital. Due to high demand, we currently have a waiting list of 35 eligible candidates and a total capital deficit of £153,804. As the loans are repaid, the capital is recycled to provide more loans to eligible refugees increasing the impact of the initial contribution.
  • Guidance on Social Investment. RefuAid are currently exploring sustainable methods of scale and multi avenue funding and are appealing for advice on social investment and other funding streams such as a line of credit.

Email Anna Jones at Anna@refuaid.org


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Fishy Filaments

Fishy Filaments is a distributed plastics recycling solution that can provide raw materials for 3D printing from used fishing gear. By localising the production of high quality raw materials we can address their economic and environmental footprint as well as providing a means to dispose of potentially harmful plastic wastes.  Support needed:

  • Legal – We want to explore the means of rolling out the solution as a franchise, providing the technical services and R&D on a global basis and supplying the hardware as a package to local operators. We don’t understand the legal challenges or whether a more conventional local subsidiary model might be more effective/less risky. Some authoritative legal comment on IP structure vs corporate risk would help and potentially give comfort to a next tranche of investors (who we’re already starting to meet).
  • Lobbying – The UK government recently announced The Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance and a total of £61m funding to support its activities. We would like to work with SLA partners to lobby DFID and DEFRA for inclusion of the company in The Sustainable Manufacturing and Environmental Pollution program as part of that initiative, with a view to gaining roll-out partners in geographic areas where we have no experience of working and where fully self-sufficient commercial activity is not guaranteed. We already have undefined but written pledges of support within parliament from two Cornish MPs. We need help to understand how to convert a good start into concrete actions within government.
  • Design – Finally there is help financing the design of a final element of the solution, a 10 ft self-contained recycling unit. The design cost for that is likely to be of the order of £1000 – £1500. The full working prototype is likely to cost under £20,000, but we need to do the detailed design work first to establish the actual cost.

Email Ian Falconer at ian@fishyfilaments.com


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Flexible Teacher Talent

Flexible Teacher Talent began as a voluntary project. Lucy and Lindsay applied to the Teach First Innovation Series because they were astonished at the lack of flexible working opportunities in teaching, especially for leaders.

There is a well-documented teacher retention ‘crisis’ and the profession is haemorrhaging effective and experienced teachers. The biggest single factor affecting pupil outcomes is effective teaching, so we must find ways of retaining those teachers. In other sectors flexible working has improved productivity by up to 80%.

In schools, ‘productivity’ equates to pupil outcomes so flexible working has the potential to be part of the solution to the teacher retention crisis and, ultimately, to improve pupil outcomes. In the pilot project we have shared research and broken down perceived barriers to flexible working in schools. We have collected case studies to share with schools and we have begun to design a toolkit of practical tips for schools and teachers.

We support schools who want to use flexible working to retain effective teachers and we support teachers who want to work flexibly. Flexible Teacher Talent has the potential to work nationally and so the expertise, guidance and advice we most need in our development phase is as follows:

  • Communications – Our presentations and workshops have been well received but we need support in clear messaging.
  • Branding – We have a website and Twitter account which are functional but before we move to working with a wider network, we need some support with a logo, icons, glyphs and a line style we can use for presentations and publications.
  • Digital publishing – We have collected a selection of inspiring case studies of schools where flexible working has already had a positive impact. We will share these with schools and we need support in making these in to a professional publication.
  • Measuring Impact – Schools are complicated places with a lot of input. We can measure savings to school budgets but we need support measuring impact of our interventions on perception, teacher retention and, ultimately, on pupil outcomes.

Email flexibleteachertalent@gmail.com


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Foodinate is a multi award-winning meal-for-meal initiative, teaming-up with restaurants and events venues to tackle local food poverty and homelessness: for every Foodinate-branded meal enjoyed in a restaurant, we provide a meal for a local person in need. Since the restaurant agrees to cover the cost of the donated meal, all the diner has to do is order a meal from the menu that’s been marked by a Foodinate sticker, and a local food-giving charity will provide a hot, nourishing meal to someone in need. Support needed:

  • Business partnerships: In just 2 years, with only 1 member of staff and on an almost £0 budget, Foodinate has won 9 awards, landed several features in the national press and most importantly generated over 25,000 meals for people in need across the North West. Moreover, 49% of our beneficiaries who attend a meal will take part in activities which boost skills and confidence, and 25% go on to find work placements, employment or gain a nationally recognised qualification. Scaling nationally alongside some exciting and prestigious hospitality brands, we are looking to create business partnership opportunities for corporate organisations with a conscience to join the movement and who would like to make a huge difference in deprived communities across the UK.  With no experience putting sponsorship packages together, I welcome the support of individuals who are either experienced in corporate fundraising, or those with excellent relationships with individuals and/or businesses who may be interested to discuss the business partnerships on offer.
  • Technology for scale: Foodinate is an incredibly scalable model, and so we do not require a huge investment in infrastructure. However, long-term it would be beneficial to create a tailored and robust back-end database that can automate/eliminate some of our administrative processes, allowing us more time and space to focus further on growth and impact. It would be amazing to have the support of an experienced technology partner, who can advise us on what that might look like, how much it would cost, how long it might take and if/when we should look to implement it.
  • B2B marketing strategy: Help putting together a realistic but high-ROI B2B marketing strategy, to get Foodinate in front of the biggest and best hospitality businesses in the UK and to convert interest into new, impactful partnerships!
  • HR: To have the help of a HR professional who can support us in creating a mid-term recruitment strategy as we move from start-up phase to scale-up phase, as well as helping to develop our internal processes in line with that.

Email Caroline Stevenson at caroline@foodinate.co.uk


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Hello World

The Hello Hub is solar-powered, internet-enabled, community-owned-and-maintained multi-station computer hub designed to address the connectivity and education deficits found in refugee camps. Using the Hello Hubs, children will be able to become autodidactic (as proven by our pilot version) and see dramatic improvements in literacy, numeracy, digital literacy and a rich breadth of life-wide skills necessary for escaping their reality.

This redesign and marks a step-change in the Hello World programme from being a project within an organisation to an organisation in its own right which is ready to take the step from start-up to scale-up. We’re thrilled to be working with the SLA community to look at how our innovative approach can be relevant and game-changing for people in the hardest places in the world.

The Hubs will not only provide much-needed education, they’ll also offer connectivity – a way to get back in touch with family and friends, and a place in the cloud to call their own – to store their documents and photos – that can never be ripped away with impunity. Hello Hubs have the potential to be scaled globally and respond to our worldwide refugee crisis and a cataclysmic education deficit. Support needed:

  • Social franchising and scaling: we’re hopeful that the Hello Hub model will be an idea that can be scaled globally. Over time we’d like to move from an entirely philanthropic model to one which is able to sustain its own running costs through income generation and possibly prepare for new ownership models. Support establishing how best to develop this approach would be extremely welcome.
  • Funding: If we’re successful in our Stephen Lloyd Award application we will be heading out to the Rwamwanja refugee camp in Uganda to pilot the innovation. If we’re successful we will be looking for funding to scale the innovation into refugee camps across the globe.
  • Legal advice: as we grow, we’re looking for probono legal support to ensure we can successfully and safely navigate the new territory we encounter. We’re looking at combined support straddling simple, employment/operational contracts and large multinational data contracts but also the availability of quick response legal support when we encounter challenges in camp/conflict contexts.

Email Katrin Macmillan at katrin@projectsforall.org


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The OCD Research Partnership

Having suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a severe and chronic mental illness, for 25 years, I have first-hand experience of the difficulties patients and their families face. OCD is a silent disease. Because of its strongly stigmatising nature, patients do not come forward and do not seek help.

There is a 12-year gap between the onset of symptoms and diagnosis. I set up the OCD Research Partnership medical charity to accelerate the development of new and better treatments for OCD patients. Current medications for OCD are out-dated and slow acting: up to 40% of patients do not respond and 50% need further treatment.

We focus on three key activities:

1)  We support the research community by building resources and infrastructure such as a patient registry, an annual conference for OCD and a consortium.
2) We facilitate, organise and run research on new and better treatments for OCD.
3) We raise public awareness and disseminate research results.

We’d be grateful for help in the following areas:

  • Boosting awareness about OCD: An important barrier to supporting and funding research and treatment development for OCD is the lack of understanding and the trivialization of the disorder. We’d welcome expert advice on how best to convey the seriousness of this mental illness.
  • Increasing awareness about our organization: Our mission is unique and compelling as no other organisation focuses on supporting OCD research and new treatment development. We wish to communicate this to best effect to ensure we maximize our reach and impact.
  • Networking and Communication: OCD is highly prevalent. We seek to reach out to high-net-worth individuals with a link or interest in the condition. We would therefore welcome networking and communication advice when addressing this audience.
  • Making a video about the OCD Research Partnership: we’d welcome assistance and funding to film a short video about OCD and our work.

Email Nick Sireau at nick@sireau.net


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Project Baala

Project Baala seeks to make menstruation a non-issue in India, through specially designed reusable sanitary napkins that can be used for two years and innovative menstrual awareness workshops. Our aim is to impact the 87% of women and girls in India who use old rags and sometimes even leaves, hay and sand as menstrual absorbents.

In addition to providing reusable napkins that solve multiple problems like affordability, menstrual waste and accessibility to safe sanitary-wear, Project Baala also conducts multi-generational awareness workshops to eliminate the myths and taboos around menstruation.

The project has benefited 17,000 women in India with great results and feedback. Currently we have contracted a manufacturer to make the reusable napkins. In the next step, we want create a sustainable project that does not only provide napkins to girls reusable for two years, but also empowers them for life.

Thus we need support and guidance for:

  • Funding and guidance for manufacturing unit: We aim to set up an all women’s manufacturing unit in a rural area of India, who will then become the suppliers and manufacturers of our reusable sanitary napkins. This will allow us to employ the women within the community, get them to manufacture and sell the napkins whilst simultaneously benefiting thousands of girls who will get hygienic sanitary products. We seek guidance to set up manufacturing and employing rural women whilst maintaining the impact of the project.
  • Financial Model: Support is welcome to ascertain how to make the project sustainable and attain maximum impact – whether as a social enterprise, charity or section 8 company – we need guidance for long lasting impact and scaling nationally and globally.
  • Marketing: Direction to assure the right marketing techniques that will allow the project to reach maximum women and ensure continuous demand for the napkins.
  • Measuring impact: We would welcome guidance in developing approaches and tools to assist us with impact measurement, both qualitative and quantitative.

Email Soumya Dabriwal at dabriwal_soumya@hotmail.com


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Talk for Teens (T4T)

Talk for Teens (T4T) : a transformational peer counselling programme for teenagers, designed by Talk for Health.

Talk for Health (T4H) is a Psychotherapist-led social enterprise delivering an innovative peer counseling programme. We teach lay people how to: talk openly, respond empathetically to others, and set up structured, ongoing groups. These groups are intended as a wellbeing practice: part of your ‘psychological 5 a day’. We are funded by the NHS in Islington and 73% of participants with low wellbeing return to normal levels (whilst 62% see similar improvements in Psychotherapy). This is a transformative solution: 1 in 4 suffer mental illness and 75% don’t get any treatment.

If we win the Stephen Lloyd Awards, we will continue with Talk for Health and develop Talk for Teens (T4T), a variant for teenagers. This will have a far-reaching impact since 75% of mental illness is established by age 24. T4T would prevent mental illness, raise teens’ wellbeing and support healthy relationships. We think of it like putting fluoride in drinking water: preventing trouble before it starts.

Support needed:

  • Developing our business model: both for Talk for Teens and our core programme Talk for Health. Our NHS funding is ever uncertain and we need market intelligence, advice, introductions and support to support sustainable trading.
  • Grant funding: in the short term we need grants to secure Talk for Teens and Talk for Health while we develop long-term trading income.
  • Social franchising support: social franchising may be the best model for us. If so, we need help to implement it.
  • Links and introductions: to schools; Education and Public Health Authorities, CCG’s and policy makers to enable development of T4T, and properly funded T4H/T4T contracts.
  • Feedback on our idea and pitch: we are open to input, to help us refine our ideas and pitch.
  • Venues: we need venues for up to 50 people to run Talk for Teens Service Design workshops and pilot programmes.

Thank-you for your help! To learn more, get in touch with Nicky Forsythe at nicky@talkforhealth.co.uk


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