As the nights draw in and there’s a chill in the air, we’re celebrating our eighth Entrepreneur, Charity Leader, Trustee and Fellow of the Month! Here’s who inspired us this month:
Entrepreneur of the Month
At Cause4, we love celebrating transformative organisations and inspiring entrepreneurs who are working to achieve positive social change. Last week, Vida co-founder, Devika Wood, came to share her story at an event hosted by online digital learning platform, HowNow, in our shared offices at Mindspace. Vida is a private home-care specialist that leverages smart technology and takes a clinical approach to care. Vida empowers carers and clients with the necessary tools and training to deliver outstanding client-centred care that is driven by compassion. In 2018, Devika was recognised as one of Forbes 30 under 30 and was included in the longlist for Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Women in Tech. She is also a start-up mentor and a leading advocate for female founders and this month, Devika is our Entrepreneur of the month!
In response, Devika said: “Thank you so much for featuring me as Cause4‘s entrepreneur of the month, it’s such an honour. Recognition like this makes all the difference as an entrepreneur, as the journey can be tough but highly rewarding. Through a personal experience of caring for my grandmother, I started Vida to ensure families are given the right care at the right time. I love meeting my clients and seeing how we have transformed their lives, and enabled them to stay at home for longer with the help of our carers. I now want to use my experience as a female founder to inspire and lead a new generation of confident young female entrepreneurs.”
You can follow Devika on Twitter here: @DevikaWood
Charity Leader of the Month
Cause4 is delighted to announce that our Charity Leader of the Month is Karen Black, Chief Executive of Off the Record Bristol (OTR).
Off the Record Bristol opened its doors in 1965 to not only provide mental health services to young people but to act as a “mental health movement mobilised to support, promote and defend the mental health rights and social position for young people”. With its dedicated team, the charity has a big impact and aims to get everyone talking about mental health, to share knowledge and awareness across Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Its various programmes, including the drop in ‘Hubs’ and Resilience Lab, are designed to directly support as many as 3,000 young people a year.
Karen Black has been part of the Off the Record Team since 2015 and has recently been announced as the new Chief Executive. With over fifteen years’ experience working in the third sector, she has supported charities in delivering and managing services that support young people and families.
“I am proud to take on the role of CEO at OTR. The work that we do is creative and often ahead of the game. The staff, volunteers and young people are dedicated and supportive, so make this a dream job. Enhancing the offer to more vulnerable groups and seeking to support parents and carers is an area that I’m really keen to develop”.
Good luck in your new position Karen! You can follow Off the Record here: @otrbristol
Trustee of the Month
Sophie is a Producer who went on the Trustee Leadership Programme because she felt she had something to contribute at Board level. Following the Programme, Sophie was onboarded at Omnibus Theatre, and is delighted that she can use her ‘spare time to contribute to an organisation that I’m really passionate about and has a strong impact on its community’.
Sophie’s advice to anyone considering becoming a Trustee is that:
‘your contribution can be wide and varied – know how to navigate the challenges and be able to offer your support in a variety of forms’.
You can follow Omnibus Theatre on Twitter here: @Omnibus_Theatre
Fellow of the Month
We are excited to announce that Roisin Caffrey is Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy’s Fellow of the Month.
Roisin Caffrey is Executive Producer at Stan’s Cafe, based in Birmingham. Stan’s Cafe is an internationally acclaimed touring theatre company, with an expanding artistic and creative learning programmes to work with a bigger range of audiences, artists and participants. Roisin is on the board of Little Earthquake and is the Independent Theatre Council regional rep for the West Midlands.
Talking about the Fellowship, Roisin says, “The breadth of perspectives from the speakers we’ve met and from the other Fellows has been one of the major benefits of the Fellowship for me. It’s resulted in a wealth of learning and allowed me to really examine my approach to fundraising and entrepreneurship.”
You can follow Roisin on Twitter here: @RoisinCaffrey