I have recently be asked to teach mindfulness in local primary schools by Clare Hales, director of Serenity for Kids CIC. Clare has managed to secure funding via the ‘Big Lottery Fund’ through her Community Interest Company status, which means that the sessions are free to schools. I have been so impressed by Clare’s knowledge and passion to make a difference in her local community and I am over the moon to be helping her to support more children to discover mindfulness.
Clare also has links with Wigan Council via ‘The Deal’ which is another innovative scheme to help people in the Wigan area, who want to make a difference in their community. I attended a local meeting of ‘Social Enterprise’ representatives and it was very inspiring and humbling to learn about all the good work going on under our very noses. One group in particular caught my attention and they were called ‘True Colours CIC’, who work closely with families, and other professionals supporting people with individual programmes of needs.
I think the CIC structure is a great way for us to all get involved and have a go at tackling some of our communities more challenging issues. Good luck to all the CICs out there! You are an inspiration.