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Foundation in Poland expands support for entrepreneurial women from Ukraine

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Program designed to help entrepreneurial women from Ukraine living in Poland was launched in July 2022 | Photo: Ron Lach

The Impact Foundation and Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth have opened a new “Rebuilding Ukrainian Businesses” co-working space as part of their continued support for entrepreneurial women from Ukraine.

Located in Warsaw, it will be open to entrepreneurial women and other displaced Ukrainian participating in the “Rebuilding Ukrainian Businesses” program. Its mission – to provide the best possible place to work, with opportunities for networking where they can share ideas and experiences, but also focus 100% of their attention on the things that need to be done to make their business dreams come true.

It will also be a space to receive expert business advice, to participate in a variety of activities designed to improve their professional skills, as well as make them feel more comfortable on a personal level.

“We are happy. We have the opportunity to meet and share our progress, daily lives, and the simple feeling of belonging somewhere. It helps to improve our daily lives significantly,” says Olena, one of the program participants.

Additionally, the co-working space offers a daycare service, empowering Ukrainian entrepreneurs to concentrate with the peace of mind of knowing that their children are well cared for and involved in a wide range of engaging activities.

“Rebuilding Ukrainian Businesses is a program designed to put Ukrainian women in Poland back on the road to personal and professional success. Those who participate in the program have a chance to reestablish economic livelihoods by getting technical assistance from leading specialists in Poland, child care support and financing,” says Payal Dalal, Senior Vice President from the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth. 

“The program, however, has a lot more to offer than skilling and financing. It’s about building a community of Ukrainian entrepreneurs who can learn from each other and coach each other. It’s about making them comfortable and safe in their new environment – giving them not only a place where they can work on their new business ideas, but also the peace of mind to know that their kids are well cared for when they do it.” 

To date 80 entrepreneurial women from Ukraine have been chosen to be part of “Rebuilding Ukrainian Businesses.” They are currently in the process of launching their own business in Poland and adding diversity and impact to Poland’s economy.

Participants of “Rebuilding Ukrainian Businesses” can also interact with the best e-commerce and e-business specialists in Poland. As part of the program, they can sign up for and take part in a monthly series of webinars. The topics discussed during each of these online meetings focus on a specific aspect of successfully doing business.

“We believe the power of this program is based on the perfect combination of personal and on-line meetings with the leading experts in our market,” explains Michał Kamiński from the Impact Foundation CE. “We are going to focus on topics like online sales, marketing or digital financial services.”

The first webinar in the series, which took place on February 20th, 2023, was focused on customer relationship. It was hosted by Monika Żukowska – an experienced practitioner and professional mentor with a focus on everything involved in the sales process. For more information visit: https://ukrainianbusiness.impactcee.com/szkolenia/

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UK to get multi-million pound boost for grassroots cricket

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UK to get multi-million pound boost for grassroots cricket
Investment is expected to deliver 2,500 pieces of new equipment across schools, and help to get 930,000 pupils playing cricket

United Kingdom Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced a £35 million investment in grassroots cricket facilities and widening access to the sport within state schools, enabling over 900,000 young people to play cricket over the next five years.

The investment, to be delivered across a period during which England and Wales host the 2026 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, the 2030 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and cricket returns to the Olympics for the first time in over 120 years, includes a major capital programme that will see 16 state-of-the-art all-weather cricket domes built within host cities across England.

The domes are covered and wind-protected and will allow for participation in cricket throughout the year – connecting school, community and talent programmes. Each dome will be built within diverse communities where figures have indicated low levels of physical activity. It follows the first cricket dome opened in Bradford in November last year.

The funding package will enable an extension to the ECB and Chance to Shine’s in-school cricket partnership. This will have a particular emphasis on children from lower socio-economic groups, and ensure that every school child in inner-city locations from across the 16 World Cup host cities will access the programme.

A further investment to the charity Lord’s Taverners will have a focus on access to cricket provision for 80,000 children with special educational needs and disabilities.

The total investment is expected to deliver around 2,500 pieces of new equipment across schools involved in the programmes, and help to get 930,000 pupils playing cricket over the next five years.

In addition, the ACE Programme will receive additional funding to support their work in reconnecting the Black community with cricket.

“I first experienced the magic of cricket watching Hampshire play at my local ground in Southampton as a child.

“There remains huge potential to grow the sport even further and open it up to everyone, from all backgrounds and in all parts of the country, building on the great work of organisations such as ACE and Chance to Shine.

“That is why I am so proud we are making a major £35 million investment in grassroots cricket today, to widen participation in schools, encourage healthy lifestyles and provide world class, all-year-round facilities for local communities,” said Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said.

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European Forum pledges over €7.7 billion for global crises

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European Humanitarian Forum pledges over €7.7 billion for global crises
Nearly 300 million people around the world will need humanitarian assistance and protection in 2024.

Nearly 300 million people around the world will need humanitarian assistance and protection in 2024. The EU will provide more than €7.7 billion in humanitarian funding for 2024, following the European Humanitarian Forum which gathered leaders and humanitarian experts in Brussels. The money will go towards more efficient, long-term solutions to global humanitarian challenges.

The Forum’s participants agreed to increase funding to address the gap between humanitarian needs and available resources. Increase in climate financing for conflict-affected, climate-vulnerable areas is also on the cards, as well as address conflict and preserve humanitarian space, notably in the deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip.

The European Humanitarian Forum was co-organised by the European Commission and the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU last month, gathering 1,400 representatives from across the humanitarian community, EU countries and beyond.

Currently the EU is one of the biggest aid donors in the world, with funds being used for intervention in areas such as food and nutrition, shelter, healthcare, water, sanitation, and education.

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Grants for community projects in the UK open for applications

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Grants for community projects in the UK open for applications
The scheme offers support to projects which benefit both rail passengers and local communities | Photo: Kenny Eliason

Community rail projects have been given the green light thanks to funding from London Northwestern Railway (LNR).

Grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 have been made available via the “Your Community, Your Fund” scheme which offers support to projects which benefit both rail passengers and local communities.

The scheme, funded by the Department for Transport, is aimed at inspiring people to get involved with the railway and has been made available for applications by LNR.

“This funding is crucial for the railway and the vital projects make a real difference to local areas. The scheme has already supported a number of community-led projects in recent years and I am delighted that we have secured funding for new applications,” says Cara Higgs, LNR community strategy manager.

The funding is split between projects from LNR and its sister company West Midlands Railway (WMR).

Previously, projects have included enhancing Smethwick Rolfe Street with bedders, planters and artwork and the opening of a new tea room at Bricket Wood station in Hertfordshire.

The deadline for applications is 11.59pm Tuesday 16 April.

For more information visit www.lnr.uk/ycyf.

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