Former homeless man begins his own business
- 24 Feb
Anil Parmar, a former homeless man has overcome substance misuse and is about to start his own business.
Thanks to a £500 grant from Broadway, a homelessness charity, Mr Parmar is about to start a business named Buzz Bike Hire. This innovative idea will see electric bikes rented out to tourists in London to help reduce their carbon footprint, reports 24dash.
Mr Parmar has had the idea for a number of years and with help and mentoring from a business start-up programme run by the charity Broadway Homelessness and Support, the idea if moving forward and ready to launch soon.
Broadway's start-up scheme sees the charity's clients pitch their business ideas to a panel of its corporate supporters and is set to run again next week. Business figures who take part, invest their own money for no return whilst also advising the entrepreneurs.
Mr Pamar said: "The start-up event was fantastic for me and also incredibly energising. It gave me both confidence in my idea and confidence in myself. I am already supported by the Broadway business mentoring programme and my mentor has been guiding me. Pitching the idea to these investors and answering their questions showed me that my idea can really work. It was more of a brain-storming session in the end and I was given lots of ideas on how to move forward. Receiving a grant to do this is the best thing that could happen at this stage of business planning. I'd had this idea in my head for years but I'd never really had the chance to get it off the ground as I had no funds to do so ... until Broadway came along. I'm very excited about the project and where it's going to go. I've completed short courses part funded by Broadway, I have a business advisor, I'm going to seminars and I've got a new life. Thank you Broadway."
Emma Latham, corporate partnerships manager, said: "Broadway recognises that putting a roof over a person's head is just the first step to helping them combat the cycle of homelessness. Our aim is for our clients to live fully independent lives and the business start-up programme that has supported Anil and many others is one of the exciting ways in which we do this. I would ask that anyone who thinks they can offer their expertise and funding to get in touch. In addition to the business start-up programme, we also offer our clients work and learning support to get back into work through a one-to-one mentoring scheme."
What do you think of this? Tweet us your comments @suppsolutions
Image source: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1431139
- 11 Sep
New service to support homeless people in Birmingham
A new dedicated Homeless Street Triage car will be responding to the rising number of calls reporting homelessness, begging and anti-social drinking in the city, reports 24dash.In the last year –...
- 09 Sep
Gym in Kent hopes to improve health and fitness of homeless people
Riverside is a specialist in working with single homeless people to help them get their lives back on track and into accommodation. Their new project, a gymnasium, has been funded by the Riverside...
- 08 Sep
The cost of homelessness in Hackney doubles
Figures have shown that the cost of homelessness in 2009/10 was £3,092,255 compared to £7,167,440 in 2014/15, with a cut on staff spending from £3,239,653 to £2,608,491 reports 24dash.Hackney...
- 04 Sep
Two homelessness services to be investigated
The Scottish Housing Regulator is set to investigate every aspect of services offered by Dumfries and Galloway Council, whilst also examining how homeless people access help and support at Scottish...
- 03 Sep
Homeless project for young people under threat due to cuts
Platform for Life was expected to attract interest from numerous housing associations with its scheme to convert properties into accommodation for young people in further education, training or work,...
- 01 Sep
Charities warns Irish government of homelessness crisis
Social Justice Ireland is calling for a new funding system that will meet the demand and reveal that only 20 council homes for families have been completed within the first three months of this year,...
- 26 Aug
Newspaper office to become a centre for homeless people
The old office for the Doncaster Free Press is being transformed into flats and other facilities for people who are homeless, reports Hold the Front Page. The building is being turned into...
- 20 Aug
Cuts leaving people in Cheltenham needing homelessness support
Bosses at CCP and Cheltenham Borough Council have said the “devastating impact” of benefit cuts in the town are causing issues for many people, report the Gloucestershire Echo.Over the past few...
- 19 Aug
Concern that homelessness in Cambridge is at ‘tipping point’
Not only do figures show a rise in quarterly numbers by 24 households, they also reveal that over 350 cases were placed in temporary accommodation over the last year, which was a rise of 50 cases on...
- 11 Aug
Charities say Wales is “setting an example” for homelessness
A joint report by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has praised Welsh laws that are trying to address the issues of homelessness, reports the BBC.However they warn that the removal of...
What are the Future Funding Arrangements for Supported and Sheltered Housing? "Another informative session provided by Support Solutions, excellent session" P.R. - Wrekin Housing Trust