Third Sector Awards 2014: Best Start-up - Winner: Dare2Dream Foundation

Awarded to a new charity, social enterprise or other kind of voluntary organisation that has achieved significant growth and/or had a major impact on its beneficiaries in its first two years

A Dare2Dream Foundation holiday club
A Dare2Dream Foundation holiday club

What is the project?

Formed in March 2013, the community interest company Dare2Dream aims to raise young people’s aspirations. It delivers educational and physical activity programmes in schools, community centres, children’s centres, parks and open spaces in Bedworth, Coventry, Northamptonshire, North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and South Leicestershire.

What does it do?

It offers a wide range of programmes to children and young people. For example, Return2Earn supports young mothers into work with childcare, CV and interview advice; Aspire2Engage provides 16 to 24-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training with work placements and career planning. It also runs healthy eating schemes for primary age children, self-esteem courses for secondary school pupils, holiday clubs, a twice-weekly youth club and football skills for four to six-year-olds. It is planning to expand its remit to include sports for people with disabilities and activities for over-60s.

Why did it win?

Dare2Dream’s programmes reach more than 2,000 young people a week. In the past year it has gone from having no contracts to working with more than 35 different schools and community centres, and has gained a commission from a local council to run a bespoke project addressing underachievement in vulnerable young people. The foundation had a turnover of £119,000 in its first year.

What did the judges say?

Lee Pennington, director of The Open Door, said: "The project has had a great impact in a short space of time."


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