ACH wins support from Aleron 

Article by:  
Matthew Rogers  
Marketing & Communications Officer | ACH Bristol 
Ashley Community Housing have secured consultancy support from Aleron to help us secure a contract (or contracts) worth £1m per annum. 
 
Aleron work with mission driven organisations, government, corporates, investors and philanthropists to unlock the potential barriers to social change. They advise, deliver for, and partner with organisations to achieve efficiency and impact in the social sector 
 
Consultancy support from Aleron will put us in a position to fully exploit market opportunities. It will enable us to drive forwards the work they do with refugees through the framework of the inclusive skills agenda being promoted by Central Government, and the Combined Authorities in the West of England and the West Midlands. 
 
And the point of this? Ultimately, by bringing the economic strand of our Rethinking Refugee campaign to market we will be able to help more refugees, and amplify our work on collective impact as the best approach to integrating refugees into an inclusive labour market. 
 
Richard Thickpenny, ACH's Business Development Manager, explained "It’s great to work with Aleron as we prepare to upscale and deliver a sustainable resettlement provision across the UK, working with 25,000 people over the next 10 years". 
 
Aleron CEO, Nicolas Ponset, said "Aleron are delighted to be working with Ashley Community Housing as part of the Big Lottery's Big Potential Advanced scheme. We are excited to be working with such an ambitious and fast-growing organisation that combines housing, support and training to transform the lives of so many vulnerable individuals in the West of England.” 
 
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Editor’s Notes: 
 
Big Potential 
 
Big Potential is a Big Lottery Fund grant programme that will deliver approximately £20m of grant funding over three years to eligible VCSE organisations with the aim of improving their sustainability, capacity and scale in order that they may deliver greater social impact. 
 
The programme has two routes; Breakthrough and Advanced. Big Potential Breakthrough helps VSCE organisations work out how social investment might work for them. Big Potential Advanced helps VCSE organisations with strong proposals apply for investment or challenge for contracts. 
 
Big Potential is administered by Social Investment Business for the Big Lottery Fund, in partnership with Locality, Charity Bank, Social Enterprise UK, and the University of Northampton. 
 
 
Big Lottery Fund 
 
The Big Lottery Fund, the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery. 
 
The fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since its inception in 2004 BIG has awarded close to £6bn. 
 
The Fund was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006. 
 
In the year ending 31 March 2013, 28% of total National Lottery revenue was returned to the Good Causes. Since the National Lottery began in 1994, over £30 billion has now been raised and more than 400,00 grants awarded across arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education, and the environment. 
 
 
Social Investment Business 
 
Social Investment Business provide loans, grants and strategic support to charities and social enterprises to help them change the lives of the people they work with. 
 
They have helped hundreds of organisations become more resilient and sustainable so that they can grow and increase their impact. 
 
They were one of the UK’s first social investors and since 2002 have provided over £380 million of loans and grants to charities and social enterprises 
 
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