We were so happy to come together in July 2018 with old and new friends at Nesta, to support four small non-profits driving positive social change.
The first pitch was from Prison Radio Association (PRA), who run the National Prison Radio, which broadcasts into cells across England and Wales to help prisoners make positive changes and reduce reoffending.
PRA raised over £5,300 to build an online media channel called Straightline, giving people leaving prison content to help them remain crime-free after release.
With the funding, Straightline has launched and shared films, stories, conversations, advice and information produced with people who have experience of prison, to over 4,000 people.
The team is using newfound skills to gain further support, "I benefitted massively from being involved in the TFN process. I really enjoyed the pitching process and gained confidence" - Tim Colman, presenter.
The next to pitch was Employment Autism, who raise awareness about the benefits of employing people with autism, and aim to get more people with autism in the workforce.
Autism Employment raised over £4,500 to create a new online portal to help increase employment for autistic people and improve the confidence of employers.
The team has collected lots of content for the site, created from the perspective of a supporter in the workforce and job seekers.
The team has recieved very positive feedback from potential users and is looking forward to the site going live. Stay tuned for updates and developments.
The crowd then heard from Ourmala, who support refugees and asylum-seekers who have been through trauma by providing therapeutic care, group classes and resources.
Ourmala raised over £5,700 for The Happy Baby Community group which supports pregnant and new mums who are survivors of trafficking.
Funding covered travel costs of 570 mums and bubs to attend, covering 12 weeks of community group sessions, and further supported the programme.
Since pitching, The Happy Baby Community has grown in scale, and reached more mums and bubs in need.
The final pitch was Rhondda Hub for Veterans, who raised over £4,900 to open their first space to accept and provide support to veterans, particularly those who are homeless or who have been released from prison.
Since pitching, a new equipped office space has been opened and is staffed by 4 volunteers to support referred veterans.
One veteran assisted with financial, mental health and housing support is now doing well and volunteering to help new incomming people referred to the hub, 'There is a light in his face.' - presenter.
A big thank you to our host Nesta and to generous givers who joined us to support these non-profits doing much needed work in their communities.