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National award for Innovate Volunteering

by Gemma Melling

Two Knowsley-based entrepreneurs have been awarded up to £10,000 and places on a learning programme to help improve their local community.

Leanne Mallinson and Angela Berguist, Directors of Innovate Volunteering in Knowsley, are two of 71 leaders across England selected for the Community Business Trade Up Programme, which supports people improving their local communities through trade.

As well as receiving a grant of up to £10,000 towards their work at Innovate, the pair will undertake a nine-month learning programme at the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) to develop the skills and networks they need to tackle society’s biggest problems.

In addition to running two centres within the borough; Bryer Road Community Centre in Prescot, and ourHUB in Huyton, Innovate Volunteering aims to help reduce social isolation, and enhance the emotional health and wellbeing of local people from cradle to grave through good quality volunteer-led projects.

Leanne said: “I am delighted to have been accepted onto the Community Business Trade Up Programme. The programme and grant of up to £10,000 will help us grow Innovate Volunteering, so we can support more people in Knowsley.”

Amber Sorrell, programme manager at the School for Social Entrepreneurs, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Leanne and Angela onto the programme, where they’ll learn, alongside other community leaders, how to create lasting social impact for the region. We are confident Leanne and Angela have the entrepreneurial qualities and motivation to increase their impact on Knowsley even further, which is why we have awarded them a highly-coveted place.”

The Community Business Trade Up Programme is run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs, in partnership with Power to Change. Find out more about the programme and register your interest for the 2020/21 programme.

Pictured above are Angela Berguist and Leanne Mallison. (Please note: this picture was taken before the introduction of social distancing measures.)