Maryam Zonouzi - Village Capital London 2011 Fellow

by Hub Venture Labs

About the project


Tipping Point £1,000
Program Participation £2,800
tipping point
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
Key problem our social venture is focused on solving is: 1. How to reduce the cost of care and increase quality in response to the increased numbers of older people. 2. What can be done to increase self help among disabled and older people to reduce dependence on state services? 3. How to increase opportunities for working age disabled people to be employed ? 4. How to increase the numbers of people on invalidity benefit moving from welfare to work. 5. How to reduce the social isolation of older people by increasing their opportunities for community interaction.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
1. Support planning and brokerage for older people is an opportunity for local councils and the local NHS significantly to enhance their clients’ and patients’ experiences by making low-level investment in preventative, empowering support, so saving money on higher level support. Social Care Institute of Excelleance/Age Concern 2010. 2. The National Personal Budget Survey found that people are more likely to experience better outcomes if the personal budgets process keeps people fully informed, and in control of the personal budget and how it is spent; while supporting them without undue constraint and bureaucracy, and fully involving carers.In Control/Lancaster Uni June 2011 3. 48% of unemployed people between ages of 25 and 65 are disabled. There are currently 1.3 million disabled people in the UK who are available for and want to work. 23% of disabled people have no qualifications compared to 9% of non disabled people. 4.Grayling Reviews of Invalidity Beenefit 2011 found of 1347 people 29.6% were fit for work; 31.3% need unconditional support; 39% with the right help and support can start the journey back to work. 5. Over one million older people in the UK live isolated and lonely lives. A million more feel trapped in their own homes and one in five older people see other people less than once a week.“The effects of isolation - including loneliness, depression, feelings of low self-worth, poor health and diet - can be devastating, with isolated individuals being less likely to obtain the services they need or seek help”. Friends of the Elderly 2011
What is your solution?
Our social impact is easily measured by the numbers of disabled people who move from welfare to work and the number of disabled and older people who move from organisations managing their lives to be self managing and self determining. To date 25% of people we train become self employed brokers and 100% self direct their support and care. What milestones have you achieved? 1. Purchase of individual brokerage services by local authorities – Achieved 20/2011 East Sussex County Council; Westminster Council 2. Setting up peer brokerage franchises. Achieved 5 London franchisees in 2010/11 Next stage generate large scale market awareness of the peer-to-peer brokerage concept to expand to 11 franchises to cover inner and outer London; moving in a planned way to the wider English regions. In total 33 national franchise areas planned. High quality materials produced, awaiting funds to launch campaign. 3. Secure contracts with inner London Boroughs to deliver brokerage training – Achieved 2010/11 through contracts with Lambeth Council 2010 and Westminster Council 2010; Barking and Dagenham 2011; Westminster Action Network on Disability 2011. 4. Secure third level educational partners. Achieved 2011 – University of Buckinghamshire have commissioned CIL in 2011 to deliver University level brokerage training to care managers of 6 neighbouring local authority social care departments. 5. Secure consultancy contracts as expert advisor in this area of care and support services – Achieved 2010/11 Skills for Care New Types of Worker Programme; Department of Health Co-production Programme , Warwickshire County Council Brokerage Consulting; Hampshire County Council Brokerage Consulting. 6. Secure high profile ‘thought leadership’ sale/investment – Achieved 2011 through contract to develop on-line assessment for self directed support as part of Department of Health Common Assessment Framework National demonstrator Programme.
How will you deliver this?
We have 12 core people who work within our organisation to deliver the service. Our Key members are: Sinéad Brophy MBA, CQSW, DipSocSt, BSocSc(H) - Executive Director Dafydd Walters – Head of Training Agnes Mohuro – Head Broker Our Key advisers and sponsors are: Dan Lehner Unltd Ltd Advisor,Daniel Brewer Resonance Ltd Advisor,James Perry Panaphur Trust Sponsor Our Partners: New Economics foundation,Department of Work partner,Community Catalysts Partner, Health Development Technology Institute Coventry University, Buckinghamshire University, Department of Health, Social Care Institute for Excellence, Skills for Care, Skills for Health. Our Customers: Lambeth Council Customer,Westminster Council Customer,Barking & Dagengham Council,Westminster Action Network on Disability,Independent Living Alternatives, Coventry and Warwickshire User Led Organisation

Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Tell a disabled or older friend about us.
  • 5 minutes
    Send a disabled or older friend to us to become a broker or find a broker to support them.
  • 15 minutes
    Give feedback on our MySupportBroker site from their perspective, whatever that is, everybody has either a disability, is getting older or has supported a friend or family member who is a disabled or older person, so everones is a ‘peer’.
  • 30 minutes
    Test out the tools and added extras of MySupportBroker and give us your critique.
  • A few hours
    Investigate your local area to find the named contacts who we need to get in touch with to spread MySupportBroker nationally – we will tell you the kind of people and the organisations that matter – but you may also have your brilliant ideas!
  • Regular time commitment
    Train with us to become a peer broker and maybe even run your own MySupportBroker local franchise.

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

Village Capital is an incubator program, started in 2010, which has been run in New Orleans, Boulder, Mumbai and San Francisco. It has been cited as "#1 Trend to Watch in 2010" on; featured in Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine and Beyond Profit. So far, the program has incubated 82 entrepreneurs selected from over 500 applications. The first European Village Capital, being launched by Hub Venture Labs, will be a twelve week program designed for entrepreneurs to accelerate their for profit social businesses. In workshops focused on fundraising, marketing and designing for impact the 10 participants will develop the core skills needed to attract investment and scale their businesses as well as receiving mentoring and coaching from our team of experienced advisors. At the heart of Village Capital lies the belief that entrepreneurs benefit from building peer networks for review and support. The program culminates in peers selecting two entrepreneurs that receive investment prizes of £50,000 each. The Village Capital London 2011 programme is supported by: SANGHATA GLOBAL Championing Innovations at the Frontier Sanghata Institute for Social Entrepreneurship and Investment is a non-profit organization that advances enterprise development and raises living standards for people in the low-income areas of the world. It does so by facilitating association between enterprising people, management talents and investors, and it follows through to champion and support selected initiatives with financial and technical assistance.

Geographical coverage

Within UK