After a tailored programme of workshops and coaching, a shortlist of ‘intrapreneur’ finalists, from all levels within Cornerstone, bid for investment in their own innovative ideas at an event at the Scottish Youth Theatre in Glasgow, with four groups proving successful in their bids.
The winning ‘intrapreneurs’ will now be given a split of the £20,000 investment to take their ideas forward.
Cornerstone’s Chief Executive, Edel Harris, said: "We got involved with The Lens programme to encourage our staff to become intrapreneurs and to realise their creative ideas and potential.
"The quality of the ideas which we received is incredible and backs up what we already know - that we have a workforce of hugely talented, innovative individuals.
"I would like to thank all our participants and give huge congratulations to the winners. The judges had a very hard job to do and everyone should be extremely proud of themselves."
The winners were Geraldine Whitson and Jimmy Nicol, who came up with the Connects Multimedia Project – a multimedia activity group to develop creative skills; Lysia Abercrombie, for her Sis-Bro @ Growing Together idea – a group that will support the siblings of people with complex needs; Clare Scott, who impressed the judges with her HAPPE innovation – a programme to help young people deal with difficult emotions; and Cathy McCabe and Shona Murray for The Five Senses – a multi-sensory space for people with complex sensory needs.
The Lens CEO, Steve McCreadie said:
"Developing the skills, mindset and culture that promotes innovation and engages the workforce in service design will be a feature of those who flourish in the future.
"Our integrated investment fund, development programme and competitive process is enabling change and bringing front-line ideas to the forefront.
"We’re delighted to be partnered with Cornerstone and to have been supporting their intrapreneurs. Their passion and motivation to improve people’s lives through their ideas has been evident from the outset, and I’m thrilled to have seen them develop through our programme."
To watch a summary of the event, go to our vimeo video here:https://vimeo.com/168347108
Cornerstone provides care and support services for adults, young people and children across Scotland who live with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, autism, dementia and other support needs.
Since 1980, it has grown to become a leading charity, supporting over 2,600 people each year and delivering services across 20 local authority areas in Scotland.