Our Social Enterprise of the Week:

RainbowBiz CIC

RainbowBiz CIC promote equality and diversity, supporting marginalised communities to thrive.

Their Vision / Mission:

Set up in January 2015, RainbowBiz are on a mission to encourage communities to get together and support each other. They host community-based projects and events open to everyone, to promote a sense of belonging within the community. RainbowBiz focus their work in deprived areas and support marginalised and minority groups helping them become more involved with their community.

One of the projects RainbowBiz are working on is Digging Deeside. This social gardening project provides a safe place for some of the most vulnerable people in the community to come and enjoy being outdoors and the company of like-minded people. Participants are able to learn new skills and make friends while also helping maintain some important outdoor spaces in the area. Another project RainbowBiz have set up is the Arty Folk and Friendship Group which meet once a week for a chat and to create art. Members are encouraged to share their artistic skills with others so everyone can get involved, creating different styles of artwork. These projects are great as they minimise isolation and promote social inclusion for everyone.

RainbowBiz also run The Hippy Shop which sells fair trade gifts and clothing. All the revenue generated from the shop is then reinvested into the social enterprise enabling RainbowBiz to continue supporting people.

Why We Chose Them:

Due to the rules surrounding Covid-19 RainbowBiz have had to suspend their face to face events for the time being. However, they are still supporting their community and have set up virtual get-togethers via Zoom so no one is left feeling isolated. It’s great to see that RainbowBiz are considering that the people they support may be feeling more alone than usual and have set up these Zoom calls to combat this.

The Work They Do:

How They Align With Our Values:

RainbowBiz are inclusive to everyone, helping some of the more marginalised people in society. These people can often be excluded and overlooked but RainbowBiz ensure they are involved in their community. Here at Ground Up Digital, we help people into employment who may have struggled previously to find a job due to neurodiversity or past mistakes and we understand the importance of inclusivity.

You can read more about our values here: https://groundup.digital/our-values/

How You Can Support Them:

All profits made in RainbowBiz’s Hippy Shop are reinvested into the social enterprise, helping them continue the fantastic work they do. Support them by shopping in-store and online: https://rainbowbizhippyshop.org.uk/