A Liverpool social business has successfully secured £50,000 of capital funding to expand and develop, thanks in part to the work of Knowsley-based social impact business, the First Ark Grou
Liverpool’s Genie In The Gutter has received an initial investment from Big Issue Invest’s Corporate Social Venturing Programme, which is supported and part-funded by the First Ark Group. Genie In The Gutter is one of three social businesses from across the North West to have secured funding, along with Cheadle’s Hospice Quality Partnership and Wigan-based EPIC Problem Gambling Consultancy.
A total of 12 organisations across the UK were awarded the funding after a rigorous application process which culminated in presentations to an investment panel made up of partners and business leaders who support the programme.
Mentored and supported through the application process by fellow Liverpool-based organization First Ark, Genie In The Gutter offers creative opportunities and training to active substance misusers and people with mental health issues, providing artistic and recovery classes in a safe and supportive environment.
Based in Liverpool city centre, the organisation has seen a huge increase in demand for its services and will use the £50,000 investment to develop its Recovery Rises programme. Recovery Rises, which raises awareness of recovery from addiction, is the UK's first online magazine to be produced by service users though a digital inclusion recovery programme. Genie In The Gutter hopes to develop Recovery Rises into a financially reliant trading arm of the business and make Genie In The Gutter a registered charity.