Place Category: Retail
Dizzy (Retail) CIC is a Community Interest Company. We are a Social Enterprise, whose object is to raise awareness of diabetes in the Arun area and community as well as improve the lives of those touched by diabetes. We can only fulfil our objectives by understanding and working with the local community in committed partnerships and since inception, we have operated this way. Indeed, we recently have won local awards for Arun Business of the Year 2009 Disability Awareness Award 2009 (from Arun Business partnership) Education in Business (Observer Business Awards) 2009 Promotion Awards (Arun 2009).
Our stores, support groups, awareness days/sessions, leaflet distributions, networking and attendance at local groups are vital to us raising awareness. We also work very closely with the Primary Health Trust funding Littlehampton Health Trainers (LHT). These trainers are in our stores each week encouraging better health through reduced alcohol consumption, balanced diet, regular exercise, reduced stress and self monitoring.We have also in the last year, given away at our joint meetings, over 200 Glucose monitors, usually costing £15 each.
We have projects running with Age Concern and other sector groups including Arun Volunteer Group. A member of staff is also a Trustee on CBS Arun Wide. We will link to other organisations where we have a close fit and can work together productively. We have over 100 volunteers who bring their own skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to what we do. They are our unofficial ‘ambassadors’ in the community.
Financially, Dizzy is a self supporting organisation. We have only ever accepted grant funding of £850 in total. We are funded by donations in kind for us to sell on and this enables us to operate. We keep our costs to the minimum commensurate to fulfil our necessary activities and this allows us to put all we can back into awareness of diabetes. By education, we hope to encourage those impacted to seek out help from whatever source.
Early diagnosis leading to earlier treatment will be a social gain, allowing independence when non diagnosis could lead to difficulties in later life. Our awareness activity is free for all.
Social Impact Declaration: Social-Impact-Declaration_Dizzy.pdf
Social Impact Statements:
Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.
1) Providing support for adults with type 2 diabetes
Dizzy CIC provide regular support groups for adults with type 2 diabetes. This enables people the opportunities to learn more about their condition and how to live with it.
As a result of this good, all rounded service the number of patients attending the support group has risen from 20 to 40 the last year.
As a result, attendees report that they have a much better understanding in how to live with the condition, how to eat and exercise right and therefore being able to live their lives in the best way possible by using the information learned and shared with others at the support groups they attend.
2) Providing support for children with type 1 diabetes
Dizzy offers a support group for children with type 1 diabetes - this group sees patients from as young as a few months old.
There has been around 20 children that Dizzy has supported cope with their diabetes in the last year.
The group mainly increases their understanding and allows them the opportunity to mix with others that have diabetes. As a result the children have reported to have an increased confidence in daily living with the condition. Reduced anxiety levels. They enjoy the ability to share experiences and peer to peer knowledge.
3) Providing accessible information about diabetes
In the last year, Dizzy has opened up a book store. The book store allows access to a host of knowledge and literature dedicated to diabetes.
As a result people with diabetes and their families have accessible information where they can read about diabetes. The store acts as a library on a trust basis whereby people can go in their and read as much as they wish and have the option to purchase any of the materials if they wanted to also.