Misbah Khan spotted a gap in the market when it comes to private tuition. Misbah, from Walsall, noticed that there’s lots of support for children aged 11 and over but when it came to younger children there was nothing available in her area. Struggling to find anywhere for her own daughter to get extra help, Misbah carried out some market research locally by talking to parents and schools and identified that there was a need for a private tuition service for children aged between one and seven. Armed with this information she wrote a business plan and approached the job centre for further advice on how to progress her business idea. She attended various workshops and Little Bright Start Tuition was born. She now works with a PeoplePlus advisor who offers a personalised support service. This has helped Misbah set up and run her business which offers help with reading, writing, phonics, problem solving and confidence building. Thanks to this help Misbah has started delivering private tutoring to a couple of customers at the weekends but is looking to expand – that’s where YouCan comes in. She approached the foundation, which helps people start up and pursue bright ideas, and has recently been awarded a grant of £300. This will help her to buy more workbooks for the different age groups and will also pay for the printing of promotional leaflets that will be handed out to families, schools and nurseries in the Walsall area. Watch this space to find out how she gets on. If you have an idea that a £300 YouCan grant might be able to help with, please get in touch.
Friends 2 Friends is a charity that supports adults with learning disabilities and they approached YouCan for a grant of £300 to help with their plan of starting a healthy living group for people in and around Burntwood in Staffordshire. The new group, called Good 2 Live, is not just for people living with a learning disability as Alison Wellon from the charity explains: “This group is open to everyone with our aim being to reach as many people of Burntwood and the surrounding areas as possible to create a group with a real community feel. “We’re hoping to attract older people, parents, and people living with mental health conditions as well as those with a learning disability. Everyone is welcome and this grant will allow us to pay for venue hire, enable us to advertise the group and will go towards the cost of cooking equipment and stationery. “Friends 2 Friends are match funding the amount of the grant by providing volunteer hours to the value of £300 to run Good 2 Live. We’re really looking forward to offering healthy lunches and getting the group members involved in healthy living activities and wellbeing sessions aimed at building confidence and taking care of yourself physically and mentally. “To launch the weekly wellbeing group we’ve organised a free event to take place on Monday 9 May at Cherry Close in Burntwood. The two-hour event is open to all and will include a graffiti art workshop, street dance, aromatherapy, healthy living information, a raffle and the all-important buffet lunch - the fun starts at 10.30am so please come and join us.” To find out more about the open day and the future plans for Good 2 Live [...]