Something for the summer holidays....

Ipswich-based Realise Futures, the award-winning social enterprise, has launched a short story and colouring competition for Ipswich children and teenagers in the summer holidays.


As part of its Do A Great Dealcampaign - encouraging people to 'buy social' to support their community - Realise Futures features its cute campaign characters Mike and Rebecca in both competitions.


The first competition is a colouring competition for children aged four to 10 years, and it has the theme of a mythical maze, with Dad Mike and daughter Rebecca saving a mythical creature.


The second competition is a short story competition, open to children aged from 10 to 14 years, and entrants are being asked to chart, in 500-700 words, Mike and Rebecca's perilous journey through the mythical maze.


Both competitions are being run in partnership with Gainsborough Community Library in Clapgate Lane, and Rosehill Library in Tomline Road - linking with this year's Summer Reading Challenge - with winners receiving book tokens.


The Summer Reading Challenge is a national initiative running in all libraries to get children reading, and this year's theme is 'Mythical Maze'.


Deadlines for both competitions is August 31 and winners will receive their prizes and certificates at a presentation to be held in September.  Details and entry sheets are available from both libraries.

 The Do a Great Deal campaign was launched by Realise Futures in May and is about getting people and businesses in Suffolk to do something good for someone else when they purchase a product or service from a social enterprise.


All the profits generated by Realise Futures' six social enterprises - based in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Woodbridge and Felixstowe - get ploughed back into the business to create more jobs and learning opportunities. 40% of Realise Futures' workforce is disabled or disadvantaged.


Realise Futures staff make award-winning outdoor furniture from 100% recycled plastic at the company factory in Ipswich, operate a veggie delivery box service in and around Ipswich, and run seven cafes. Staff also provides outdoor catering services, grow plants for sale, sell whole food and snack boxes, and offer printing, business packaging and fulfilment services and digital signs.


Last year, Realise Futures created created 128 jobs, helped 7,000 people to access community learning across Suffolk - 2000 of which were under 24 - gave 95,000 people careers advice throughout the Eastern region, and supported 92 people into employment of 16 hours or more working with local businesses and in its social businesses, 24 of which were therapeutic placements.