As part of Changeworks new partnership with learning and development social enterprise the Social Enterprise Academy, Changeworks staff are taking part in 'Dragons Den' events where young people get the chance to pitch their social enterprise ideas and win funding for their projects.
Changeworks Low Carbon Communities Officer Jamie Proudfoot took part in the event last week, hearing proposals from Glasgow school groups on what they would like to do to improve their communities. This included creating spaces for nature and mindfulness in school playgrounds to improve mental health, and a series of original story books to tackle the lack of diversity in children's literature; and "Litter Legends", a plan to make and sell comics and posters to raise money for litter picking equipment to improve the environment and protect nature.
The dragons picked "Diversity Forces", the plan to expand representation in children's books, as their favourite idea meaning they received £100 towards bringing their idea to life. The other schools taking part also receive investment of £40 or £50, so all these ideas now have some support to kickstart their social enterprise.
Commenting on the event, Jamie Proudfoot said: "We loved the creativity of the pitches. All of the groups showed great passion and knowledge of their issues, and their presentation skills were all on point. It was really hard to pick a favourite! I'm glad we were able to support them with some funding towards making their proposals a reality. I'm really glad to have had the opportunity to work with these young people and support their vision as part of our partnership with the Social Enterprise Academy."
The Dragons Den events are just the first part of the Changeworks partnership with the Social Enterprise Academy, with workshops for young people and teachers taking place until March 2022.