Altruist Enterprises has received a boost to develop its mental health training programmes after its director Katie Buckingham was recognised as being the Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2018, awarded by the Anjool Maldé Memorial Trust and sponsored by Raising IT.
Established in 2010, the Anjool Maldé Memorial Trust highlights the brightest and best young graduates in the UK with its annual Achievement Awards. Winners receive prize money and an opportunity to be part of an inspirational showcase.
Launching a new award for Social Enterprise this year, the Trust formally recognised Katie’s social enterprise achievements in July, which featured as a category alongside groups for enterprise and innovation, scholarship, journalism, photography and jazz. Tom Latchford (social enterprise award sponsor) and Peter Doherty (social enterprise award manager), both of Raising IT, announced:
“Some impressive entries were received and, from our shortlist of four, the judge, Marcelle Speller OBE, chose Katie Buckingham and her social enterprise ‘Altruist Enterprises’ as the winning entry.
“Marcelle picked Katie as the overall winner because her fantastic social enterprise had a clear revenue model and she had undertaken research and training programmes in the field she addressed”.
Altruist Enterprises provides stress management and mental health first aid training, and has this year successfully launched its Mental Health in Schools project, supporting 1600 pupils in Birmingham.
Having successfully launched and operated for four years, Altruist Enterprises joined the Innovation Birmingham Campus in 2017, where it was inducted onto the Serendip Smart City Incubator, providing market access and expertise for digital start-ups through close partnerships with major organisations, accelerating the early growth of new business. Katie Buckingham, Director at Altruist Enterprises said:
“I was so pleased when I heard that I had been awarded Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2018. At Altruist Enterprises, we are passionate about raising awareness of mental health and increasing understanding, knowledge and confidence around the issue within workplaces and schools.
“This award will enable us to further develop our training programmes to ensure that one day, mental health is treated in the same way as physical health.”
Operating as part of the Digital Health Quarter at Innovation Birmingham, the organisation is now partnered with the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN).