Jim had senior executive experience in the provision and monitoring of business finance as well as taking a family business through the staff buy in process. That all developed great understanding of the business world and created the opportunity to move into project management and mentoring for a number of organisations in the Public, 3rd and Charitable sectors including Scottish Enterprise, Chamber of Commerce and Acosvo.
“An early introduction and awareness of the difference advice support and funding can make to young determined and disadvantaged individuals established a link than continued through a career in commercial financing and business creation. That interest gave me the opportunity to become involved in a number of third sector agencies of a variety of sizes but with a common theme of providing support to the deprived disabled and economically disadvantaged. That interest also led to an understanding of the charity world and its various components as the involvement in marrying recycling proceeds to assist homeless resettlement, setting up work opportunity for young adults with special needs and supporting a Scottish grant distribution charity in its mission. Taking one charity to social enterprise accreditation and another from company to SCIO status helped develop a good understanding of OSCR governance requirements.”
“The opportunity to help Essentia in its mission to provide that type of support in its clearly defined and innovative fashion and further its committed involvement was a very welcome one and one that I look forward to assisting.”
Some of our success stories
A Journey through the Central Belt
Our final journey in the series to examine the regional issues that young people across Scotland are facing and the ways in which Essentia grants are tackling them.
A Journey to the East
Our third journey in the series to examine the regional issues that young people across Scotland are facing and the ways in which Essentia grants are tackling them.
“We are not glass"
"Young Bloods" project, which aims to empower children and teenagers living with bleeding disorders.
A Journey to the South
Our next journey to examine the regional issues that young people across Scotland are facing and the ways in which Essentia grants are tackling them.
A Journey to the North
A journey to examine the regional issues that young people across Scotland are facing and the ways in which Essentia grants are tackling them.
Broke Not Broken
Tackling the effects of poverty across Kinross.
Glasgow Girls & Women FC
Providing football activities to girls, young and adult women, living in Glasgow, as a healthy, safe and fun means of sport and recreation.
Equi-Power Central Scotland RDA
Harnessing the power of relationships with horses to support the learning, health and well being of children and adults with additional support needs (ASNs) across Central Scotland.
Make Do and Grow
Make Do and Grow remains committed to reducing waste and encouraging reuse across their community.
The Sunshine Kitchen
Making delicious food from locally-sourced produce in a supportive work environment.
I Am Me Scotland
I AM ME SCOTLAND - DISABILITY HATE CRIME. Changing attitudes and behaviors so that disabled and vulnerable people can feel safe within their communities.
OutLET: Play Resource
OutLET: Play Resource are a community project providing Forest School, Outdoor Play & Learning and Training in Lanarkshire and further afield.
Live Learn Earn
R-Evolve is youth centred employability project operated by Live Learn Earn CIC, a social enterprise incorporated in November 2020 to deliver practical and life skills to young people in the Scottish Borders.
Project 31 began in early 2011 as an idea between two experienced community workers who were looking to develop an innovative organization for children aged 0-12 years.
bOunceT Innovative Occupational Therapy
bOunceT Innovative Occupational Therapy was established in 2017. The charity works with adults and children with physical and learning disabilities to improve their quality of life by providing specialist occupational interventions, trampoline rebound therapy and activity-based play sessions.
Families First St Andrews
Families First St Andrews (FFSA) was established in 2001. As a registered charity and community group, the organisation works alongside children and their families to overcome the personal challenges they face in life.
Caithness KLICS Young Carers
Caithness KLICS (Kids Living in Caring Situations) was established in 2013. Based in Wick, the organisation supports young people aged between 5-18 who have a caring responsibility at home
For 45 years, Hillhouse has been working with young people and families in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire. As a registered charity, the organisation offers a service to individuals who are at risk of financial hardship and poverty.
People Know How
People Know How was established in 2013. Delivering services across Edinburgh and East Lothian, the organisation works collaboratively to deliver projects and social change with projects reaching children, young people and vulnerable adults.
RDA Group Glasgow
Funding from the Essentia Foundation is currently helping RDA to roll out their ‘Quiet Corner’ initiative.