In 2017, iSE launched an exciting opportunity for social enterprises based in Ladywood, Handsworth and Smethwick to apply to the USE IT Social Enterprise Challenge.
This initiative, made available through EU funding, offers a grant of up to £3000 to support and enable social enterprises to develop a new product or service that will help diversify their income streams.
Complete Kidz CIC, one of three successful applicants, has been awarded £1000 to be used to refurbish its facilities and make them more accessible to children who have special needs. This new equipment will enable the organisation to access new contracts in Sandwell and provide better facilities for young disabled children.
Founded in 2011, Complete Kidz is a community interest company providing services to improve the health and well-being of children, young people, parents and families in the Sandwell and wider Black Country areas. Its mission is to inspire and develop health and education through innovative and imaginative activities involving sport, music, drama and art. This is accomplished through engaging children and their parents and encouraging them to adopt a healthy lifestyle. All the activities are provided in a safe environment, where participants enjoy themselves and achieve meaningful personal outcomes.
The USE IT programme has helped Complete Kidz invest in improving its facilities when attempts to find funds elsewhere had proven unsuccessful. Jo Haydon, the organisation’s CEO says: ‘Thank you for the funding through the USE IT! Programme. It will be gratefully received and will help us to develop our care suite. We tried a number of places for this funding, you have really helped us! ‘