Ten Essex based innovators have been named finalists in the Families Included Prize - a competition run by Essex County Council in partnership with Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation. The competition helps unearth new ideas to tackle the issue of social isolation facing Essex families with young children.
50 ideas were entered from individuals, groups and organisations across Essex. The judging panel was made up of parents, early years professionals and others who are in regular contact with Essex families. They met and whittled the entries down to just 10 finalists.
Each of the finalists will receive £1,500 as well as support from a local support agency to test and develop their ideas over the coming months. Then, in January, the finalists will present their developed ideas back to the judging panel when a winner will be selected and awarded £10,000 to take their idea forward.
Essex families have told us they experience day to day pressures related to raising a young child and for some this can leave them feeling lonely or isolated.