A woman from Thorne, who runs a social enterprise, has been accepted onto a prestigious programme which is run by the School of Social Entrepreneurs and sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group.
Following a competitive selection process, Thorne-born Emma Wilson of Artistic Spectrum Limited, has secured a fully funded year of training and development to help grow her social enterprise idea and a grant to bring it to life.
Artistic Spectrum delivers art as therapy for autistic people and began operating from Thorne in March 2013. The venture was so well received, Emma then went on to open The Artspace in Thorne town centre and is currently running several art workshops funded by Thorne & Moorends Regeneration Partnership.
Emma is a graduate of Falmouth School of Art and former Guardian Designer of the Year, and has been mentored by Tony Appleton from Doncaster CVS’s Social Enterprise Development Team.
Tony and his team, which is supported by Business Doncaster, offered help and advice when Emma originally set up her social enterprise and pointed her in the direction of the School of Social Enterprise.
“Tony’s help and advice have been invaluable in helping me set up Artistic Spectrum,” said Emma. “I would recommend anyone who wants to get involved in the voluntary or community sector to go and see Tony and perhaps they too could benefit from his experience.”
Added Tony: “The School of Social Enterprise programme is notoriously difficult to get on to. Emma is the first person from the Doncaster area to be accepted onto this prestigious programme - I am glad I was able to assist Emma and wish her every success for the future.”
For more on Artistic Spectrum visit www.artistic-spectrum.org.