LARCH stands for Local Access Redcar & Cleveland and Hartlepool and is a place-based approach to working with charities and social enterprises who are vital in helping tackle local issues, strengthening communities, whilst contributing to resilient and inclusive local economies.
Watch this video from a recent event to learn more about us and meet the partners.
The LARCH programme is a £4 million investment and is one of only six areas in the UK to be chosen by Access Foundation for Social Investment and Big Society Capital, who are the main funders of LARCH, with support of two other partners – The Key Fund and Tees Valley Community Foundation.
Our vision represents the combined ambitions of organisations within the local voluntary, community, social enterprises, and statutory agencies. The Partnership was created to develop and promote a culture of Social Enterprise across Redcar & Cleveland and Hartlepool by nurturing and encouraging the creation and growth of social enterprises. These principles are embedded within the heart of the LARCH Programme.
The aim of the programme is to tackle inequalities that may contribute to health, housing, employment or wellbeing, and is a unique opportunity to enable local charities or social enterprises to make more social impact in their respective communities with access to enterprise development support, blended repayable finance or what is known as social investment, or financial support to develop growing enterprises or earned income streams within existing VCS organisations.
Our aim is to develop and build a thriving social economy in Redcar & Cleveland and Hartlepool and we will achieve this by working with local people who want to tackle social issues whilst developing sustainable social enterprises.
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Enabling local people and communities to thrive through a vibrant, inclusive, resilient and economically productive social enterprise and community ownership sector.