The new Enterprise Hub (know as The Community Kettle) has been awarded £1,000 in the Tom Hunter Foundation 100 Disrupter competition amongst thousands of entries. The competition was open to young people or groups up to the age of 26 who are "positively disrupting Scotland". From the 100 disrupters, the Tom Hunter Foundation will build a platform to showcase all 100 ambitions and will ensure they will be attempted or realised.
The Enterprise Hub (The Community Kettle) will create an all-inclusive stimulating environment within the school where their enterprising ideas and ambitions can become a reality. The Community Kettle will provide leadership opportunities and life skills as well as providing a space in which pupils can be themselves and can widen and further develop their networks. The hub aims to challenge stereotypes of young people and offer opportunities to build new relationships within the community. This involves networking with local business owners and coming up with innovative ideas that will benefit not only the school but the wider community. The aim is for the hub to become self-sustainable.
The Community Kettle has upcycled desks destined for landfill and has developed the brand named I.D (Individual desks) as a trade name for them. The plan is to sell to families for use by young children. The desks are being upcycled in partnership with Wee Red Upcycles which is a local social enterprise and we were funded by Haddington Area Partnership to do the work at the school.
As a side project, if it was possible to find a partner that could transport these to Africa we may also look at a link up with children overseas. In addition to this we would equip the space fit for purpose so as to encourage entrepreneurial activities and to help people feel relaxed and open. We would also invest some of the money into creating a small SEED fund to encourage viable, profitable, sustainable ideas and this would be decided by creating a competition for pupils to enter.
A percentage of profits generated by individual initiatives will come back into the Community Kettle thereby supporting sustainability.