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Social enterprise Spilt Milk has been awarded £5,000 to help mothers in Leith tackle isolation and improve mental health.

The business is one of 14 to have secured a share of £67,000 from social enterprise start-up agency Firstport. Their Start It awards are part of the Scottish Government’s Social Entrepreneurs Fund, supporting individuals who are focussed on piloting new ideas that are yet to get off the ground. 

Lauren McLaughlin runs Edinburgh health and wellbeing social enterprise, Spilt Milk, which she set up to provide young mothers with a place to be social and creative. Having already started work in several communities running workshops and hosting community exhibitions, Lauren’s plans include securing a permanent property with studio, workshop, gallery spaces and a crèche. 

Lauren said: “At Spilt Milk we are passionate about the power of the arts to shape communities and inspire change and we believe art should be accessible to all. The funding will allow us to build upon our childcare-supported creative workshop programme and reach more mothers throughout Edinburgh and beyond.”

Josiah Lockhart, Chief Exec of Firstport, said: “Spilt Milk is an exciting enterprise that people should keep an eye on, by combining creative arts with mothers’ wellbeing, it offers a novel way of challenging isolation in communities.

“It’s great to see such a large number of social entrepreneurs being awarded our Start It funding. This round shows how the social enterprise model continues to grow in popularity across the country, and how social and environmental missions are at the core of start-ups in Scotland.”

Firstport is Scotland’s development agency for start-up social enterprise, offering start-up funds, business advice, practical tools and connections. Firstport delivers an awards programme, which distributes money from the Scottish Government’s Social Entrepreneurs Fund. Start It awards are focused on piloting entirely new ideas that are yet to get off the ground. Budding entrepreneurs can apply for up to £5,000 to cover essential start-up costs.

Build It awards are for more developed enterprises, still at an early stage but able to show evidence of a track record in generating income and social impact. Individuals can apply for up to £20,000 towards one person’s salary/living costs for a year. An additional £5,000 is available in cases where more than one role is being created, or to help cover equipment or other costs associated with a new employed post.


Susie Haywood
Article by Susie Haywood
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