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The Ubele Initiative: Weekly News

June 5th, 2023

News and information from our partners, collaborators and more on their exciting opportunities and events for each week. Be sure to check in to keep up to date with industry news.


Discovery Fund is now live! 

The Discovery Fund is a new funding programme offering the time, space and skills development to allow community businesses to explore community tech ideas, which align with their values and will help keep the benefits from their idea at the local level.  

The Discovery Fund offers:  

  • £12,000 to explore a community tech solution to an existing business or community challenge,  

  • A free place on the structured design course – Community Explore 

  • A free place on Third Sector Lab’s Open Working and Reuse course 

  • A network of experts and like-minded peers in a facilitated community of practice 

Apply by noon on 21 July. 


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Applications are open for the UK Social Enterprise Awards  

Applications are now open for the UK Social Enterprise Awards – the biggest celebration of the leading lights in the social enterprise movement.  

As well as the award for overall Social Enterprise of the Year and the ‘One-to-Watch Award’ recognising a pioneering start-up business, there are categories for social enterprises leading the way in particular fields, from education and training to public services. The awards will also recognise social enterprises tackling the climate crisis as well as those working to promote equality, diversity, inclusion and justice. 

For the first time, there is a specific award recognising the 'Social Enterprise Innovation of the Year', shining a spotlight on the creativity in the sector. 

Applications close on Friday 30 June and the winners will be announced at a gala ceremony taking place at the Roundhouse in London on 30 November.  

Click here to find out more and apply.  

Events and Opportunities

Voice4Change-England free Building Resilience Online Workshops

  1. Managing Money - Online 

Date: 14th June 2023 

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM 

Facilitator: Ila Chandavarkar, Trustee Voice4Change-England

  1. Digital Fundraising - Online 

Date: 21st June 2023 

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM 

Facilitator: Jana Kovariova, Development and Grant Officer Voice4Change-England

While these sessions are introductory, Voice4Change-England does offer 1-2-1 support to its members and grantees for more in-depth exploration of specific topics.

To register for these workshops, please click here 

The deadline to register for Managing Money is Monday 12th June 2023 at 12:00 PM. 

The deadline to register for Digital Fundraising is Monday 19th June 2023 at 12:00 PM. 

🌱 *City & Guilds Level One Accredited Horticulture course* 🌱

At Wolves Lane Centre, Wood Green  N22 5JD                 

10 Week introduction to food sowing & growing


Led by Sandra Salazar D'eca (Go Grow with Love) 

"Growing in Love & Unity" 

Limited spaces on a first come, first served basis 

Subsidised places available please enquire via the link. 👇

*BOOK NOW here*

Windrush 75: Walk of Witness - 22nd June 2023

You are cordially invited to participate in the Windrush 75: Walk of Witness on Thursday 22 June 2023, which starts at 12 noon in Waterloo Station, London and ends at Southwark Cathedral, London, SE1 9DAIn keeping with the 75th anniversary marking the docking of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks; 75 walkers will make their way through south London, an area synonymous with the Windrush generation, in homage to those Caribbean men and women who hav

e made an immeasurable contribution to the socio-economic, political and cultural landscape of Britain.  

The Walk of Witness will begin with a 20-minute gathering in front of the Windrush Memorial at Waterloo Station,before embarking on the 1.2 miles walk, which will take around 40 minutes. The route will see walkers using the pavement throughout, and every effort has been taken to avoid busy roads and be mobility friendly.  

Several of the walkers will be carrying a floral replica of the Windrush ship’s anchor as a further way of remembering those original Caribbean passengers. The walk will also be filmed, and participants are encouraged to talk about their reasons for being on the walk, and how the Windrush anniversary resonates with them. The Walk of Witness culminates at Southwark Cathedral, where at 1.30pm, interviews and photographs will take place.  

All walkers are also encouraged to join with those who are attending the Windrush 75 church service at Southwark Cathedral, which starts at 2pm that day.  

Please email Richard Reddie at if you intend to participate in the Walk of Witness.  

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