Serendipities is owned and run by Uppertunity; a community interest company (CIC). A CIC is a type of social enterprise
Uppertunity is a social enterprise working with adults with additional needs, learning disabilities, mental health barriers and autism, providing skill development, confidence building and social inclusion activities. We focus on an individual’s strengths and aspirations, and then work with them to realise their potential, leading to self-worth and independence. We do this by offering weekly community groups, meaningful volunteer roles, skills programs, mentoring and social events. Our mission is to create social change by demonstrating that everyone has strengths. Some people may need more support and attention to get there, but we all have a calling and a purpose we can serve that provides self-fulfillment.
Governance includes the mechanisms required to balance the powers of our members (with the associated accountability), and their primary duty of enhancing the prosperity and viability of the organization.
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- We are a registered Community Interest Company, a type of social enterprise. A social enterprise is a special type of non-profit or more than profit business that reinvests all of its profits into achieving specific social missions. This can be anything from protecting the environment to enriching the local community.
- Uppertunity has an asset and profit lock: all assets and profits must be permanently retained within the CIC and used solely for community benefit and aims. We have a voluntary Board of Directors. This board makes all the final decisions of the organisation. None of the board members are paid, it is voluntary. This ensures decisions are made fairly. We welcome individuals with live experience on our board.
- We have an 'articles of association' that states our mission and we complete an annual social report. Our mission statement is: provide a holistic, tailor-made counselling, support and training service to assist individuals from vulnerable and isolated groups in realising their potential whilst developing skills and employability; set up and run other community-based enterprises including a café to improve amenities for the community whilst providing opportunities for skills development for individuals from vulnerable and isolated groups; advance such similar purposes, develop any other projects, initiatives or activities for the benefit of the community as the Directors may consider appropriate.
- As part of our Board of Directors roles, all directors are required to volunteer some of their time in our events and activities, ensuring they understand the organisation's ethos.