This page highlights the organisations that we have invested in through SE-Assist.
This is the second year we have run SE-Assist in Croydon and below are the organisations that we have invested in:
The Croydon Citizen
The Croydon Citizen is a not-for-profit community newspaper that provides a platform for Croydon residents to air views, investigate issues and inspire local debate.
The paper aims to encourage the development of a community that is more engaged in civic life. SE-Assist Croydon has supported The Croydon Citizen with £13,000 of loan financing, to be repaid from advertising revenues, to fund more secure distribution stands.
This will help to both increase the newspaper’s circulation and to better monitor distribution. SE-Assist’s loan will further cover working capital needs to support the enterprise until it becomes self-sustaining and allow the employment of a full-time business development director.
Mum’s the Chef
The Mum’s the Chef project is the most active and significant project of the company Skills to Donate, a social enterprise that matches skilled people with voluntary sector organisations looking for those skills.
Mum’s the Chef provides training and employment opportunities for long-term unemployed ethnic minority women, who have often not been able to access qualifications and work experience. Mums the Chef offers corporate catering, dinner parties and weekly meal delivering to its customers. SE-Assist Croydon has supported Skills to Donate with a £13,000 loan to allow the company to move to new premises and upgrade its kitchen equipment to expand to new clients and markets in London.