CM2M is a local social enterprise, offering support to older males (55+) at risk of loneliness or social isolation. The aim of the enterprise is to offer clients an opportunity to get out of the house and take part in fun and interesting activities. This in turn provides help to their families, who can get on with their day in the knowledge that their loved ones are happy and safe.
Chris Hill founded CM2M after becoming a carer for his own father. His lived experience was that 99% of health and social care interaction was with females, and all done from inside the home. Chris discovered that he was the only person who actually took his dad out and about, enabling him to have the social interaction he wanted and needed. He saw a gap in the market to provide older males at risk of loneliness or social isolation with male buddy support and decided that something had to be done.
Since joining the South East Midlands Start-up Programme, Chris has been able to not only start up his business but also to secure free incubation space and funding.
“Difficult to put into words, even though I have just started trading it has helped build my skills, knowledge, networks and actually where I am best to concentrate my resources. Having access to incubation facilities, a knowledgeable adviser and being with people going through a similar journey has been invaluable. The workshops, 1-2-1, and incubation have added value to the School for Social Entrepreneurs programme. It has been great! The grant has enabled me to build a website that will help me reach my customers, and start the growth of a successful social enterprise. It will also enable me to add important documents to the website.”
To find out more about Chris’ enterprise, check out his website.