So, D Day dawned. An energised, enthused – very polished – including Nick – bunch of Growing Talent Associates arrived at De Vere Holborn Bars like Olympic atheletes ready to showcase their professionalism and passion for their Social Enterprise ideas.
Seated judges l-r Selvan -Invest In Buy To Let, Julie -Portico, Peter -Wilson James, Lois -MitieTDM, Allen -PwC I&P, Sharon -Harrow Green, Selvan – Invest In Buy To Let and Trev- aka The Legend – Harrow Green. Allen as head judge, also had the task of presenting the coverted award.
Growing Veg – Maria & Nick
Their idea centred around local people learning how to grow healthy, nutritious food.
Rehana & Priti’s Artsation used creative work such as drawing, painting to engage people isolated through unemployment etc. The first step on a journey back to work.
Mike’s idea entitled Homemade focussed on a catering idea for street sleepers initially in the Covent Garden area. After a comprehensive programme including accommodation, Homemade participants would be employable and able to move on with their lives. this struck a cord with Shane of InvestInBuyToLet who does a food handout within his local community.
60+ Online delivered by Jacqueline, Jacq & William introduced a tearjerking character – Agness. We all know an Agness – isolated with children living abroad and a dearly loved partner dying after 40+ years.
The trio delivered a simple idea to connect this vibrant community with the goal they engaged with those around them not just their own family. Jacqueline wrote a touching poem which Agnes read out. Sharon of Harrow Green particularly related to this.
Fife’s presentation was next. His idea centred on using Basketball and other sports to engage with the unemployed.
Rizwan, hugely knowledgable and passionate about the environment/green issues delivered a passionate idea on using Aquaponics – technology which uses 97% less water and space to grow food compared to traditional methods.
Michael, Kearon, Ernst & Leighon also known as the Fab 4 delivered an insightfull presentation around cakes! the idea for children and their families to bake together learning maths from quantity of ingrediants and having fun with their families!
Kieran’s Dogs 4 Learning followed the Fab 4’s Growing Talent Bake-Off!
A unique idea for Emotional Resilience dogs. Kieran shared his knowledge including virtually any breed can be used including rescue dogs. The difference they make to children and the respite they give parents.
The Penultimate presentation was Game Changer by Jerome Joseph. Jerome utilised his knowledge of gaming and his passion for education and the environment to deliver his idea. A game starting off in the Middle Ages which gradually uses all resources. To get more, the player has to think of the environment
Last, but not least, Rose Marie & Melissa shared their vision for Connected a unique offering for members of the LBGT to come together at a theatre in Dartford. Learning the skills of acting as well as stage direction, sound, lighting, costume/set designe etc, all who had expereinced marginalisation would have their confidence increase and their social exclusion decrease……. Rose Marie’s indepth theatre knowledge came in very handy!
The judges deliberated, long and hard before finally agreeing a winner – Jerome’s Gamer Changer for Climate Change idea…… Allen presented the £10 cash prize! Spend it unwisely Jerome!
A luscious De Vere buffet lunch followed before we broke for a relaxing weekend!