Local social enterprise organisations pitch at Newry event

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Friday, February 28th, 2020

WIN Business Park recently played host to 12 local social enterprise organisations this week when they gathered together to Pitch in the ‘Dragons Den’ for £800 of investment.


The event was sponsored by the Ulster Community Investment Trust and Newry & Mourne Enterprise Agency and organised by Social Enterprise NI.

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The participating organisations were from across the whole Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area and were presenting their social enterprise and social innovation ideas to a panel of experts. 



Phelim Sharvin, Associate Director of Ulster Community Investment Trust was impressed by what he heard.

He stated, “Newry Mourne and Down District has a vibrant social enterprise sector where Profit for Purpose organisations trade services for social good.

“These organisations presenting today have a powerful impact on issues of mental and physical health, autism, education, training, enterprise development, the arts and domestic violence,” he added.



The competition was a closely fought affair with the winning pitches coming from of Centred Soul Health and Wellbeing, who work in the area of perinatal mental heal and birth trauma and Davina’s Ark, who work with individuals and families recovering from addiction.

Rosemary Deans, the founder of Centred Soul, was delighted to win the event describing it as a great opportunity to tell the story of the positive impact of their work on the wellbeing of women and men suffering from mental health issues around child birth.



Closing the event, Social Enterprise Programme manager Stephen McClelland said, “He was grateful for the Newry, Mourne and Down District Councils support for social enterprise in the district as it enables local people with vision, passion and perseverance to made a tangible difference in the lives  of excluded people and at the same time have a positive impact on the local economy.”



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