An innovative new charity is looking to invest in community projects which help change the lives of people in Knowsley. One Ark, part of the First Ark Group, launched in October, is keen to work with local businesses, social enterprises and other charities to generate investment which will be used to create more wealth and stronger communities for those living and working in Knowsley.
“One Ark is driven by the needs of the local community and we aim to create choices and opportunities for Knowsley residents that they would not normally have access to. This could be in areas such as wellbeing and financial support or digital inclusion and the environment,” said Bob Taylor, Chief Executive of First Ark Group.
“Partnerships and alliances are crucial as we will be bidding for funding on behalf of organisations and groups that are not in a position to put in bids themselves and acting as a delivery partner rather than always delivering activity directly.”
The types of activities which One Ark will be involved in will include:
- Nurturing new business start-ups in Knowsley.
- Investing to create more employment, apprenticeships and training opportunities.
- Developing talent to raise levels of aspiration and choice for people in the borough.
- Empowering and enabling ambassadors to increase knowledge, skills and business strength in the borough.
“One Ark is not a traditional charity and will not give out grants. Instead, it will operate as an innovative investment business driven by growth and looking for a return on investment. These returns may be financial or social and they will all be re-invested in further economic and social value for the people of Knowsley,” said Bob Taylor.
If you want to make a difference in Knowsley and are interested in investing or partnering with One Ark please get in touch.