About RainbowBiz CIC – A Social Enterprise in Flintshire
RainbowBiz CIC are a social enterprise based in Flintshire, North Wales. Our main purpose is to promote equality and diversity and we do this by:
enabling our volunteers to develop skills | celebrating difference | empowering our volunteers | engaging with the local community
We achieve this by running many community based projects including:
- Digging Deeside, a weekly community gardening project, which offers basic gardening skills but more importantly a safe place to meet like-minded people.
- MBS Festivals, a regular gathering of various alternative therapies, treatments and readers, run by a team of volunteers.
- Arty Folk and Friendship Group, a weekly open group who meet at the RainbowBiz Hippy Shop to utilise the fully equipped craft room with a cuppa and always a friendly welcome.
- RainbowBiz Hippy Shop, is our trading arm which sells ethnic clothing and fair trade goods from a retail outlet in Mold. These premises also offer meeting and treatment rooms, where many groups and sessions take place all year round.
Listen to what some of our volunteers have to say: Click here to watch our volunteers talk about equality and diversity to ITV Wales News.
RainbowBiz are looking for volunteers and individuals in our community with a variety of skills to remain a sustainable team of like minded people who want to share ideas, run various projects, and fundraise to benefit the local community. Please get in touch with us if you would like to get involved in any of our work.
Our Digging Deeside volunteers were delighted to receive this National Award for the work this project has carried out in the local community. The project welcomes volunteers from all backgrounds of all abilities to get involved in growing vegetables, planting wild flowers and contributing to their local community.
IRIS Leadership Award 2018
RainbowBiz CIC received this Award in acknowledgement of how the social enterprise has used the film Life Gets Better Together. The film was made by enterprise volunteers to explain their journey with RainbowBiz and how they support the LGBTQIA+ community.
Sarah Way who is one of the Founders of RainbowBiz and has been a Director from the very beginning was awarded a “highly commended” Award for all her work as a volunteer at RainbowBiz. Sarah manages the RainbowBiz Hippy Shop and ensures it operates in a professional and friendly way in order to make profit which is all reinvested into the social enterprise to run the many projects and groups which she also takes a lead role in managing as co-ordinator.
Sarah gives up hundreds of hours of her own time every year for absolutely no reward other than to make the lives of others better.
We are very proud to have her as a key part of this wonderful social enterprise.
Chester’s Dee 106.3 – Local Hero Awards 2017
RainbowBiz were delighted to be awarded “The Local Business of the Year Award” by Dee 106.3 listeners and voters. The Award is to recognise any business that’s made a significant impact in the community or which has exceeded expectations.
Sue Oliver, Director at RainbowBiz said “Being a sustainable Social Enterprise means it is very important that we operate effectively as a business in order to ensure that our community projects and events can continue without having to rely on funding streams. It was such an honour to be nominated for this Award, we have worked with Dee 106.3 on many occasions in recent years and we look forward to continuing to do so for many more years to come.”
It is with extreme pride that we have won the North Wales Police & Crime Commissioner Community Award for Equality and Diversity. This award is for supporting the equality agenda and recognises the impact RainbowBiz has made on hate crime. We won the award because our work brings communities together. We have embraced community engagement in a number of different ways which has brought different to people and the Police & Crime Commissioner believes has reduced fear of crime within communities.
National Diversity Awards 2016 & 2017
Absolutely delighted to have been nominated for the 2017 Community Organisation Award – Multi Strand for a second year running!
All our volunteers were overwhelmed to be shortlisted from over 20,000 nominations for the Community Organisation Award – Multi Strand 2016 for their work and promotion of equality and diversity within Flintshire. Thanks to the support from Communities First, 10 volunteers were able to attend the prestigious awards ceremony that took place in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral.
Sarah Way, Director of RainbowBiz said “We are absolutely thrilled to have received National recognition for the hard work we do, without the support of our volunteers supporting all our projects we couldn’t do what we do!”
RainbowBiz were absolutely delighted to be presented with the Employer Volunteering Award at the “Heart of the Community” Community Volunteering Awards ceremony in 2016. This award was presented by Flintshire County Council’s Housing Services, Flintshire Local Voluntary Council, Wrexham & Flintshire OWL and Communities First. This award was in celebration of the fantastic work RainbowBiz volunteers have carried out in this first year of incorporation. It showcased the many projects that RainbowBiz has facilitated and the positive impact these have had on many communities.
Our Aims are to encourage community cohesion in Flintshire and other areas and a safe, inclusive environment in which people respect and celebrate difference, collaborate to empower and encourage open communication.
- To provide community development opportunities for marginalised groups, social media support, management, promotion and co-ordination of events, website management and such other projects and services as the Directors may from time to time agree are for the benefit of the community.
- To facilitate, enable and empower individuals, organisations and communities with basic skills, and with particular reference to protected characteristic groups.
- To encourage community cohesion in Flintshire and other areas by raising awareness of community issues, supporting those marginalised in the community by encouraging positive representation, fostering a sense of community pride and collaborative working.
- To advocate the benefits of music and the arts in the diverse Flintshire community and in other areas by inspiring creativity and empowering emerging talent. To promote music and the arts as an effective way to break down barriers and encourage participation.