Lord Wei of Shoreditch Address Guests of Somerset Community Foundation
As a social entrepreneur and co-founding member of
Teach First, Lord Wei is the youngest active member of the House of Lords. He
addressed the Foundation’s guests highlighting the importance of
entrepreneurial approaches to social reform. He concluded by saying Community
Foundations have vitally important roles in building hope of a better future, in
creating new and unique connections within local communities and by convening
people and organisations around strategic priorities.
Six groups that received funding from the Foundation in 2012/13 were invited to
showcase their work at the event. Representatives from STAR, SWEDA, Ups and
Downs, Highbridge Area Food Bank, and P.A.L.S. travelled from as far away as
Porlock to speak with the Foundation’s guests about their services in the
community. Edward Porter, Chairman of Evercreech Friendship Club, said,
“Thanks to a generous grant from the Foundation, we are able to offer free
transport to our meetings from sheltered housing. We’re delighted to attend the
Annual Celebration this year and meet the people who make grant-giving
The event was kindly sponsored by long-standing supporters of Somerset
Community Foundation, Old Mill. Alan Stone, Associate Director of Marketing,
said, “Old Mill are pleased help bring this event to life. The regular grant-giving
work of Somerset Community Foundation is an important source of funding for
grassroots groups in our county, and tonight’s key note speech by Lord Wei was
both unique and inspiring.”
Martin and Harry Dearden of Pennard House worked closely with the Foundation’s Deputy Chief Executive Mary Hancock to make sure that the details of the evening ran smoothly in their newly renovated coach house, available for corporate and private events. Catering and photography was provided by the Foundation’s newest Somerset Business Guardians, Sweet Cumin and Heidi Burton Photography.
You can see a gallery of photos from the Annual Celebration here.