Funds Received - £3,500.00
Re-Tweed received £3,500 in June 2018 towards the cost for a Volunteer Support Worker. Funding was matched with impact funding. Since receiving the funding 18 volunteers were involved, most of whom are graduates from Re-Tweeds Level 1 training course. 3 out 18 where not former students. Volunteers come from a wide range of women from different backgrounds, some with complex health issues or others wanting to return to work.
In 3 years Re-Tweed have gone from having 1 member of staff to having 8 members of staff, all local, 4 of whom were former students. All volunteers get personal development training and are told that ReTweed is not a final destination and are encouraged to continuously move forward. Training included first aid, health & safety, customer service, business gateway training. We also held a volunteer development session to sit down and discuss what has worked and what has not worked and how do we improve it. Most important was the sense of achievement the individual women felt and the impact that this also has on each family and the wider community. 2 volunteers have gone on to set up their own businesses and 5 more are in the process of setting up their own businesses. ReTweed are providing wrap around support.
Trading income from the items that are made continues to increase. £2k in 1st year which raised to £6k in 3rd year. Profits from trading being channelled into supporting the new businesses being set up. We have a shop is based in Eyemouth and products also being sold around the area and as cultural exchange gifts. We also hope to raise the trading income above the funding income. Constantly evaluating our environmental, social, business objectives.
Business model has been sold to Dumfries & Galloway Council and Langholm Initiative. Highlands and Islands also looking for ReTweed to deliver the model to them. We are also in talks with Scottish Prison Service and Remade Network and online sales are being developed. The funding received from BWCF and other local windfarm funds inspires other larger funders to also support.
Thank you for believing in us.
Verbal report received a our AGM in August 2019