This programme was supported by the Department for Social Development in Winter 2015/2016
EnerGenius is a revolutionary new Energy Management System, which shows your spend on electricity, oil and/or gas, providing you with information anytime, anywhere. It also actively interprets the data generated in a household, making easy to action to reduce costs. EnerGenius also keeps a detailed record of past spend, charting the progress over time, and giving comparison to one’s own targets as well as to similar homes.
by Ashton Team Academy and Resurgence Academy
A Team Academy gives young adults the skills and knowledge required to run their own businesses while at the same time getting formal qualifications. The model includes a three year bachelor’s degree programme with no classrooms, no lectures, no exams. Within the first two weeks of enrolling, teams are formed and given the task of developing real businesses which will generate income. The students learn finance, marketing, leadership and strategy. Resurgence Academy in Derry/Londonderry and Ashton Trust in Belfast are both operating under this model and would like to see it happen as one overarching NI project at this stage.
NEET Youth Forum
by Bryson Group
The NEET Strategy Forum gives young people a leading role in ensuring all young people in NI can access employment, education or training. The Forum is a collective of over 80 voluntary and community sector organisations and affiliated statutory member organisations. It is led by young people who have experience of being NEET and can provide expertise for services targeted towards NEETs. There is potential here for the young people to become experts in service design and to sell their expertise back to public, voluntary organisations and private sector employers.
The Thinking Cup/The Book Reserve
by Social Indigo
The Book Reserve (CIC) is a café (The Thinking Cup) and an online retail business (selling second hand books) that has been set up to specifically employ young parents who have had contact with the justice system. The project is now looking to grow the model by establishing outlets in other locations in NI/UK/Ireland. The project is led by Social Indigo and also supported by a range of partners including Barnardo’s who are working closely with young adults offering tailored parenting advice and guidance both pre and post release.
Integrated Young People’s Service Hub
by Ashton Center
The vision for New Lodge Youth Centre is a new model of fully integrated children, young people and family services that once proven could be adopted across NI. At the centre partners are seeking to bring together the full range of services for young people from health to social care to employment to youth work.
by Habitat for Humanity
ReStore is the low cost DIY store that sells donated new and used building supplies and home improvement materials at 50-75% of the normal retail price, as well as donated and onsite up-scaled furniture. It is the first of its kind in Europe and helps families to improve their homes for less, diverts re-usable material from landfill, and provides training and mentoring opportunities. Habitat for Humanity set up the first store in Lisburn and are seeking to expand the model across NI.
by Digital Media Choices /Interactive Ink
Digital Media Choices is a social enterprise focused on getting young people who are out of work or who have no qualifications, into digital industries. Under their sister company Interactive Ink they have developed a unique platform that allows interactive books to be delivered on any smartphone/tablet (Apple, Android, Kindle etc). They are seeking to market this platform internationally and to use the profits to extend their impact in improving outcomes for young people.
by Bryson Group
Social Superparkets is a project to establish a network of social supermarkets/community shops that sell food and other household goods at reduced prices to low income/vulnerable individuals, and redistribute waste and surplus food. In addition, to provide a range of other services like income management/debt advice, budgeting, cooking and training/employment skills.
The NI Assisted Living Centre & End of Life Care Projects
by North West Regional College / NORIBIC
The vision for the Assisted Learning Centre is a Derry/Londonderry based innovation, research and training hub that will lead the way in developing new models of service for people with health and disability issues across NI and beyond. The centre will research and incubate new models of care / independent living technologies and act as a centre of excellence for training for independent living.
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