Asylum seekers' chocolate project wins funding
A PROJECT to fund education for asylum seekers in Bristol through making chocolate is just one of the "socially conscious" business ideas which have been awarded vital funding to help them grow.
A total of £10,500 has been awarded by the University of Bristol to 13 different social enterprises being run by its students and staff.
In addition to the funding, the winners will also receive support and guidance from Basecamp – the university's dedicated student start-up space – to make their idea a reality.
The University of Bristol, alongside the HE Social Awards programme from social enterprise charity UnLtd and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), launched the new Try It awards to develop expertise, skills and knowledge in social entrepreneurship and social enterprise activity.
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Rose Codner, 29, who is studying for an MSc in International Development, has worked with refugees and asylum seekers in Bristol for the last three years.
She plans to launch a Fairtrade chocolate-making company to foster the creativity of people in this position, helping them to develop skills and address issues of loneliness and marginalisation.
The £800 Rose has won through the scheme will help to get the project under way.
Sam Fry, enterprise consultant at the University of Bristol, announced the winners at Lions' Den – a social enterprise pitching event run by Bristol Social Enterprise Society.