Social Innovation Competition case studies
Jennifer, director of community supported organic farm and delivery business Woodside Arran, was voted Firstport’s Young Social Innovator 2017, winning a £5000 prize and business support.
Digital Maker was set up by Martin Evans and his business partner Philip Thompson, to deliver workshops and training in digital making and associated technology, aimed at tackling the skills gap and extending opportunities for young people.
An experienced design and technology teacher who has also worked in industry, Paul Parmenter set up The Workshop in Aberfeldy, Perthshire in June 2014 with funding and business support from Firstport.
Natalia Jejer founded Bottle of Ginger, a community drinks company based in Bridgeton, which aims to change local 'juice' culture by challenging consumption habits, redefining the product and rethinking the processes in soft drink manufacturing.
Uist Wool is reconnecting the communities of the Outer Hebrides with their cultural heritage of wool-working.
Square Peg was founded by Indie Flynn whose own challenging journey through dyslexia and dyspraxia led her to work towards changing the way young people who, like her, see the world differently are supported.
One of the 2016 Social Innovation Competition winners, Pianos on Prescription is an innovative scheme helping people experiencing difficulties including: isolation, loneliness, depression, long-term health conditions and poverty by offering free access to acoustic pianos, events and tuition in Glasgow.
In November 2016, Firstport announced the winners of the first ever Social Innovation Competition, including our Young Social Innovator Award.
Talking Mats is an innovative social enterprise that improves the lives of people with communication difficulties, and the people close to them.