Hands on support from SBW helps Eden Education Centre build a stronger future

The Eden Education Centre in Blaenau Gwent encourages students to learn in a way that is creative, engaging and inspiring, writes Joelle Campbell. But when it needed a little inspiration of its own, it turned to Social Business Wales.

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Why is it important

Eden Education is a successful organisation which promotes STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) subjects to schools and educational organisations.

The building block underpinning much of this activity? Lego! Eden Education is the largest Lego Education Centre in Europe and the first in Wales. LEGO® bricks, programming tools, and supporting lesson plans for teachers ignite students’ natural curiosity, helping them develop essential communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking-skills in a fun and exciting way. Tactile, flexible solutions grow with students as they problem-solve and discover how science, technology, engineering, art and maths affect their everyday life.

But the Eden Education Centre itself was in need of creativity, collaboration and critical thinking-skills. Originally set up as a charity, its legal structure was becoming a barrier to growth. So it called in Social Business Wales to help find a solution.

How did we help

SBW reviewed the organisation’s legal status and advised it to set up a new company limited by guarantee with charitable status. It provided a helping hand throughout the registration process and also supported the organisation to apply for charitable status.

SBW was also able to help Eden Education update it’s environmental and equality policies.

Impact of our support

With the right foundations in place, the business is now ready to start building. Its new policies mean it can benchmark what it does and look for ways to enhance its environmental accreditation.

Social Business Wales is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through Welsh Government and is delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre.

Joelle Campbell is part of the market development team at Social Business Wales

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