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The Ubele Initiative: Weekly News

March 13th, 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.


Steve Bartlett Confirmed as Keynote Speaker for the 2023 UK Black Business Show!

Entrepreneur, Speaker, Investor, Author, BBC Dragon, and the host of one of Europe's biggest podcasts, 'The Diary of a CEO', Steven Bartlett will be speaking at the flagship show UK Black Business Show  on 7th October during UK Black Business Week 2023.

Save your seat here!

Community Wealth Fund Alliance secures funding for deprived communities

Last week the government announced their plan to dedicate funding from the expanded dormant assets scheme to the creation of community wealth funds to give local communities in some of the most deprived areas of the country the power to improve where they live and invest in what’s important to them.

In the announcement the Minister responsible for dormant assets, Stuart Andrew, MP says:

“The creation of a community wealth fund will give local residents in some of the more deprived areas of the country the power to improve where they live and invest in what’s important to them.”

The government will shortly launch a public consultation to gather views on the detailed design of this important new initiative.

The Community Wealth Fund Alliance are grateful to all those who helped make the campaign a success in securing community wealth funds. This ambitious goal would not have been achieved without the support of the over 660 members of the alliance, the generosity of the funders and the advocacy of the parliamentary and other supporters – thank you so much, collectively we secured this commitment!

The next step is to inform the government’s consultation and the design of community wealth funds to ensure they truly reflect the principles the campaign has advocated and provide long term, community led funding with appropriate confidence and capacity building support at the neighbourhood level to the most deprived and ‘left behind’ communities and secure a legacy of improved outcomes for their residents.

Watch this space for further information about the consultation and the government’s plans for the design and implementation of community wealth funds.

Events and Opportunities

An introduction to eBay for Change 
Tuesday 14 March, 6pm 

The eBay for Change programme is an exciting opportunity for social enterprises to grow their businesses and increase their impact through e-commerce. 

SEUK leads eBay for Change in partnership with eBay and the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO). Since the programme launched in May 2021, it has supported over 250 social enterprises to launch, scaleand sell on We are now looking to recruit the next round of social enterprises onto the programme which will begin in April.

In this introductory webinar, you'll get a taster of the programme and hear from a current eBay for Change seller. 

Register for the webinar

Community ownership: Taking a concept to reality - delivered by the Plunkett Foundation
Thursday 16 March, 12pm

 If you are considering setting up a community business - whether it is  a co-operative pub, community-run shop or café, energy project or library - there will be a number of areas common to all of these projects that you will want to explore.

This webinar will:

  • Run through the essential steps from initial contact with your community to the moment you cut the ribbon and beyond

  • Provide an overview of the community business sector across the UK, including some facts and figures about community shares, community-owned businesses and the impact they have on their local communities

  • Introduce the Plunkett Foundation, a national charity supporting communities across the UK exploring community ownership.

Register for the webinar

Measuring your social impact - eBay for Change networking session
Thursday 16 March, 1pm

This session, delivered by Laura Rana, founder of social enterprise Khushi Kantha (Happy Blanket), will focus on impact measurement.

Khushi Kantha has recently been shortlisted for impact measurement awards by both SEUK and PwC. In this webinar Laura will use her experiences to help other social enterprises understand how best to measure social impact. 

This event is part of the eBay for Change programme but is open to all. 

Register for the webinar

SEWF Youth Forum - Made for young social entrepreneurs by young social entrepreneurs

What to expect at the SEWF Youth Forum (28 March)

  • Get answers to your most pressing social enterprise questions

  • Build networks as you connect with others and grow your professional and personal network

  • Increase ideas as you get inspired and learn from an exciting array of speakers on diverse topics

*Registration to the Youth Forum is free and open to young changemakers anywhere in the world between ages 16-30 only.

Get started with a free ticket today →

Here's how you can get the most from SEWF23 for less today!

Save big on SEWF23 (11-12 October) by getting yourself an Early Bird ticket with discounts of up to 25%! Early Bird ticket sales end 27 April. Group discounts are now available and other discounted ticket types include:

1. Social enterprise and non-profit discount (Physical Pass & Digital Pass)

2. Student discount (Physical Pass & Digital Pass)

3. Low & lower middle income country discount (Physical Pass & Digital Pass)

Get discount →

Grow Wild, the national outreach learning programme of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is currently accepting applications for its 2023 Community Programme.

The opportunity is perfect for community groups with project ideas that connect urban communities with the natural world, in line with Grow Wild's mission to bring people together to value and enjoy UK native plants.

Successful applicants will receive £2000 to transform an urban space, as well as training and development opportunities.

Find out more and apply on their website

Closing date for applications: 10am Friday 24th March

The Young Africa Centre is recruiting new members!

The Young Africa Centre (YAC), a vibrant group of conscious young people (18-35), is currently recruiting new members in preparation for a relaunch. The group is drawn together by a shared love and passion for all things Africa.
Following the recent opening of The Africa Centre’s new home, now is the perfect time for young people to take centre stage in shaping the next chapter of the organisation. So, if you meet the age criteria and are keen to be involved with The Africa Centre and contribute towards developing exciting new activities, please get in touch. Alternatively, please pass this message on to anyone you think might be interested.
Young Africa Centre Mission

  • To create value-led opportunities and support each other with critical tools and experiences that lead to positive outcomes.

  • To challenge the existing misconceptions and stereotypes about African culture and heritage in the UK.

  • To create relevant and compelling content that promotes safety and a healthy exchange of ideas leading to happier and more fulfilled lives.

If you're interested in joining the team or finding out more, simply email outlining why you'd like to be involved.

Sumissions are open until 31st  March.

Dotplot are looking for research participants!

Dotplot, a MedTech start-up based in London creating the first at-home breast health monitoring tool aiming to increase early detection of breast cancer. Dotplot equips women to check their breast health with ease, so that any abnormalities can be flagged early for subsequent treatment.

As part of their product development, they need to engage with breast cancer survivors to understand their cancer journeys and the role their tool could play in that.

At this stage of product development, they are looking for breast cancer survivors who are willing to take part in a 1-to-1 online interview for 45-60 minutes. They are undertaking the interviews on 20th -24th March and also 17th-19th April.

Anyone interested in taking part should complete the form below and they will be in touch about next steps.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please do get in touch with us at

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