What is LARCH?
LARCH stands for Local Access Redcar & Cleveland and Hartlepool and is a place-based approach to working with charities and social enterprises who are vital in helping tackle local issues, strengthening communities, whilst contributing to resilient and inclusive local economies.
LARCH aims to support the development of stronger, more resilient and sustainable social economies in disadvantaged places, through providing better access to advice, learning and flexible capital to support the early generation and establishment of enterprise models for charities and social enterprises in a place.
LARCH will reach out and connect its enterprise and social investment expertise, with that of the public, private and third sector, combining assets to address social need. Only on this scale of cross sector partnership and creative collaboration, can the most disenfranchised members of our communities be engaged, and real social impact achieved.
Local organisations involved in LARCH
- Carol Botten – Voluntary Organisations’ Network North East
- Meena Bharadwa – Access Foundation for Social Investment
- Dave Thornett – The Key Fund
- Rita Lawson – Tees Valley Rural Action
- Peter Neal – Redcar and Cleveland Voluntary Development Agency
- Iain Caldwell – Let’s Connect
- Clare Stanton – Redcar and Cleveland Council Borough Council
- Israr Hussain – Hartlepool Borough Council
- Peter Gowland – Hartlepower
- Hugh McGouran – Tees Valley Community Foundation