A locally based medium sized social enterprise has been offering direct services to adults with severe learning and physical disabilities for many years. With all their physical spaces closed, they furloughed some staff but were keen to re-design their service to continue to meet the needs of their vulnerable service users. They applied to the Resilience Fund so that they could secure staff to re-deploy in a different way but were turned down. Using crisis support the application has been strengthened, (transferring project costs to a separate funding opportunity and increasing the number of furloughed staff) and re-submitted. Along with this, the organisation will receive business support to set out an improved business model for when the service will re-open, both securing the organisation in a crisis, while planning for a sustainable future in the long term.
The organisation is now on a stable footing, providing a skeleton services for those most vulnerable, while being able to look beyond the crisis to a more sustainable future.