Pulp Friction and Break Barriers are two exciting micro-enterprises working in Nottinghamshire. They are supported by Rebecca Stanley, the Community Catalysts micro-enterprise support co-ordinator in that area – and it was Rebecca who broke the news that these two enterprises had won three of the four top awards at the very first Nottinghamshire Social Enterprise Awards ceremony held on November 17th
Jill and Jess from Pulp Friction and Andrea from Break Barriers were up against providers working in areas that included education, the building industry, work opportunities, accommodation and mentoring services. It was fantastic then that Break Barriers won new start-up social enterprise of the year, Jill Carter from Pulp Friction won social entrepreneur of the year and her daughter Jess was awarded young social entrepreneur of the year!
Liam Black from Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen (http://www.guardian.co.uk/prius/partthree/story/0,,1322048,00.html ) was there to talk about social enterprise and to award the prizes – Jill’s prize is a day with Liam for support and mentoring!!
Jill, Jess and Andrea were all overwhelmed by having won their awards – but despite the surprise Jill and Andrea both gave eloquent and inspiring acceptance speeches.
Jill talked about how Pulp Friction was born out of necessity as there was nothing else for Jess who has learning disabilities and had wanted to work in a ‘posh’ restaurant. She described the opportunities that Pulp Friction has provided for the people who work there, as paid staff and as volunteers. Pulp Friction has provided work experience and training for a number of young people with learning disabilities – but it has as importantly provided people with a really rich social life. Jill passionately believes that young people with learning disabilities need opportunities in their lives to make friends without having to pay someone to make this possible – Pulp Friction provides a great way for people to meet and make friends and have fun together.
Andrene thanked the people who believed in her and especially the people who use her service for allowing her to treat them as guinea pigs because it was all so new and developing! She thanked her husband and family for putting up with her whilst she was developing Break Barriers and for the time she has spent away from them. Andrene says there is no reverse gear in the Break Barriers car ‘it’s been taken out – we only go in a forward movement!!!’
As Rebecca said when she broke the news: It was a great afternoon and so great to see these new micro enterprises win an award…WELL DONE!!! I did a lot of cheering!!!!