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Trendy Tribes

Trendy Tribes is an aspiring social enterprise set up by two retired ladies Meg de Amasi and Maya Veryani, to help alleviate social isolation amongst women, in the Forth Valley area. Their aim is to provide creative craft workshops where women can explore their creativity whilst building self-confidence, self-esteem and develop skills to support employment opportunities. The women will work with volunteer creative mentors who will offer guidance and support on a one-one basis. Trendy Tribes is developing a dedicated website where ladies may sell their creations if they wish, and receive support to encourage independent living, and explore self-employment opportunities.

Meg and Maya conducted a range of research projects, supported by CVS' social enterprise development officer, to establish what kind of workshop provision would be popular and valuable to any women taking part, and to establish the geographical areas most in need of their support. Although both ladies were familiar with the third sector and had been part of the development of charities and support groups as board members and trustees over many years, it was clear that both ladies required fairly extensive support to further develop their ideas, increase their business sense, plan the development of the social enterprise with regard to choosing a legal structure, recruiting the right board members and ensuring the right policies and procedures were in place.

CVS identified training opportunities to address the areas above and supported the ladies through various programmes facilitated by Just Enterprise, The Social Enterprise Academy, Firstport, Falkirk Business Gateway and Senscot Legal. A successful Firstport Level 1 funding application has allowed the ladies to run three creative craft open days where people could come along for taster sessions and have the opportunity to sign up for workshops on the day.

Trendy Tribes can now offer paid session work to workshop tutors and have developed a programme to recruit and support volunteer creative mentors, and is looking to remove barriers to employment by developing affordable pop up crèche facilities.

Meg and Maya are both heading towards their seventies and their enthusiasm, energy and commitment to improving the lives of other ladies across the region has to be commended, and serve to inspire other older members of the community to think about how the skills and experience they have gained throughout their lives can still make a difference in their communities long after retirement. "Financially I do not have to work but socially I feel so long as we have life and abilities we must keep giving until we are too old" Meg de Amasi.

Another word from Meg...

Dear Jennifer
I was reviewing my life with you over the past one year. I want to take this opportunity to thank you and the team at Falkirk CVS for your support, the enthusiasm with which you receive me is enough to further inspire me and you are always encouraging and positive even if we do not agree. I want to say thank you!

Further reading

This project is part of Green & Blue Futures Helix Social Enterprise Zone, managed by the Helix Social Enterprise Zone Partnership.

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