Do you ever stop and look around? I mean really look around. We take so much for granted and too often our busy lives don’t allow us to take a moment to pause and appreciate our surroundings. Paint the Day aims to change this. The Wolverhampton based art festival is inviting people of all ages and abilities to create artwork to celebrate and promote the visual diversity and hidden riches of the Whitmore Reans area of Wolverhampton. Harry Thomas, U18 winner Last year the event, organised the Newhampton Arts Centre, tempted 55 artists on to the streets to create their very own unique and contrasting views of the city and the aim this year is to almost double that. Christine McGowan, Newhampton Arts Centre manager said: “Last year 780 people got involved in all sorts of different ways. There were 55 artists plus observers, judges, visitors and curious members of the public. We’re hoping to increase this to 1,000 people this year, including 100 artists of all ages and levels of experience. Mike Massingham, winner 2015 “We’re also really excited to announce that this year there will be a photography competition to encourage more people to get actively involved. We have no external funding so Paint the Day 2016 is being entirely supported by the generosity of local people and businesses. We applied to YouCan for a community grant to help us add the photography aspect to the day. I’m really happy to say that we were awarded £200 that has enabled us to offer a first prize of £100 and two runner-up prizes of £20 each, with the rest going towards marketing costs.” This year’s event starts on Saturday 2 July when [...]
Lorraine Turk from Birmingham recently trained as a podiatrist with the aim of becoming self-employed. But even fully qualified she was struggling to build a client base for her new business venture that offers visits to customers in the comfort of their own home. Lorraine said: “Being qualified is one thing, but affording the specialist equipment is another. I needed an ultrasonic cleaner and other specialist podiatry tools so that I could offer my clients a professional service. Those things don’t come cheap and I was finding it hard to save the money, but then I was told about YouCan. I had no idea that I could apply for a grant for help with my business. “With an ageing population and diabetes on the rise, podiatrists are in increasing demand and I wanted to put myself in the best position possible by having the latest equipment.” Lorraine applied for £300 from YouCan. Her plan was to spend some of the grant on uniforms and advertising but the bulk was to be spent on specialist tools and an ultrasonic cleaner. The grant application was passed and Lorraine was awarded £300. She said: “It’s a great help. My business, Footsense Podiatry, is now growing and my family are supporting me too. Thanks to this help I’m now really positive about the future.” If a £300 grant would help you bring your bright idea to life, please get in touch?
Susan from Wolverhampton spotted a gap in the market for hair and beauty services for older people who live in care homes in the area. Her mother currently lives in a large sheltered scheme and, during her visits, Susan noticed that there was a distinct lack of pampering available for the residents. Susan said: “I’ve got my beauty certificates and really enjoy making people feel a bit spoilt and special – it’s good to feel nice about yourself. I asked around at the scheme where mum is living and got a fantastic response to my idea of starting a beauty treatment service. “I’ve always fancied being self-employed and having my own business, but the only problem I had was finding the money to get started. My skills coach told me all about Business Enterprise Support and also how I could apply for up to £300 from the YouCan foundation - so I thought, why not?” Susan applied for a grant of £300 which she plans to put towards covering the costs of an edge quick dip nail system, Attraction liquid and powder, an easy wax kit, nail varnishes, a hair dryer, straighteners and a heated roller kit – not forgetting the all-important public liability insurance. She plans to offer free hair, beauty, manicure and nail painting service to the older people in the many care homes in her local area, with a view to expanding and becoming self-employed in the future. Susan said: “This grant will really help towards the costs of products and equipment to start up and last me through the first six to eight weeks until I build up my client base.” If you have an idea that a £300 grant could help with, [...]