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SOAS student wins funding to tackle social isolation in residential homes

17 January 2014

Sarah Bedford, Diploma in Economics student at SOAS, University of London has been awarded the Provost's prize at London Entrepreneurs’ Challenge for her vision to tackle social isolation in residential homes.

The London Entrepreneurs’ Challenge, run by UCL Advances, is a workshop programme and business plan competition open to all members of UCL, SOAS, Royal Veterinary College, Birkbeck, the School of Pharmacy, and the London Business School.

Sarah’s business plan for Eat&Greet aims to bring together care home residents with groups of visitors over a weekly lunch in the home. Visitors will pay for an affordable lunch, which results in 50 per cent of the profits for the home and 50 per cent for Eat&Greet.

Sarah said: “Lunch is often one of the main events in a care home, so I wanted to find a way of improving this experience by getting local communities involved. I'm delighted to have received this award and am looking forward to getting Eat&Greet started".

Claire Renwick, SOAS Business Development Manager (Student Enterprise), added: “Entrepreneurialism at SOAS comes with a social conscience – so it is fantastic news that Sarah’s innovative – and much needed –  approach to tackle social isolation in the care homes is being recognised and supported by London Entrepreneurs’ Challenge. We look forward to supporting Sarah to help her business grow.”
The Provost Prize awarded £2,000 in funding. Sarah won this prize jointly with UCL student, Lynn Kremer.

For more info on SOAS Enterprise see the webpage.