KSPI 3 - Responding to an identified local need
Cornwall is a national leader in food and farming, renewable energy, manufacturing and a home for many tech based entrepreneurs, boasting some of the fastest broadband speeds in the country. But with its dispersed rural population, and its natural attractiveness as a retirement destination, it has also had to become a leader in social care.
The economics for local people are difficult to shoulder, but there are many people who have little ability to fend for themselves and are isolated from family or friends. Mustard Seed Property was set up by people in Cornwall intent on providing the right support for those people.
Their needs are disparate - they might need a permanent home or they might be needing a bedroom for a few weeks; some might need somewhere to work or train; some might need a place to connect with others or access land where they can grow something.
Through partner charities and social enterprises, Mustard Seed Property acquires and develops properties, which are leased to partners that make them available as homes or work places for the most vulnerable in society.
A successful raise will enable greater intervention in the local housing market and respond to an identified need for more housing for vulnerable individuals in the area.