Sarah Newton, Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work heralds Thrive accelerator as a chance to make lasting change for UK labour market
Cracked It are the award-winning, social good smartphone screenfixers that find work for young offenders and youth on the verge of crime. They are among the first organisations to receive support from Thrive, our social accelerator. Thrive: Employment, launched earlier this year, is backing 18 ambitious social ventures in 2018 who are improving access to employment for those who find it hardest to get into work. The social entrepreneurs and their ventures backed by Thrive was announced on 10th July at an event in London.
Among the first Thrive ventures are:
Cracked It, from London: More than eight in 10 violent offenders are aged between 16-29 and these people are four times as likely to be a victim of crime. Set up by 24-year-old Josh Babarinde, London’s social enterprise smartphone repair service trains and employs vulnerable young people to work at pop-up repair clinics in the City before supporting them to transition into work in the wider workplace. Named as Social Enterprise of the Year at the Centre for Social Justice Awards earlier this year, Cracked It is being supported by UnLtd to further develop its mission to find work for young offenders and youth on the verge of crime.
Offploy, from West Yorkshire: Offploy is leading a rehabilitation revolution and supports businesses to recruit and mentor people with criminal convictions. Founded by Jacob Hill, an entrepreneur with a criminal conviction himself, Offploy provides support and guidance to both employers and employees through the employment journey. Offploy offers specialist legal advice, HR support, staff training and peer mentoring. The social enterprise is expanding to new regions around the UK and has ambitious plans to work with more people to ensure they face opportunities, not obstacles.
The SAMEE Charity, from Bournemouth: Sam Everard, CEO of The SAMEE Charity, set up the social venture to personally support vulnerable people to creatively develop their ideas and potential. Since launching it has worked with 294 disabled and disadvantaged entrepreneurs. In 2017, it launched the DEBSS (Disabled Entrepreneurs Business Start-up Service) project as a 12-month test and learn pilot project specifically aimed at providing tailored business start-up support for 50 disabled clients based in Dorset. From its Bournemouth HQ, The Samee Charity now works across Dorset, Devon, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire.
Take a look at the full list of social ventures supported by Thrive in 2018 to see their incredible innovations.