RIO’s work with Victoria Park Academy has been shortlisted for a Times Education Supplement (TES) Award for the unique collaboration.
Set up with support from RIO, Ballot Street Spice is a successful school-based social enterprise formed in 2014 to find a way of bringing together Victoria Park’s diverse community through the sharing of spice, and using social enterprise to learn about the other cultures in the community.
RIO worked with the primary academy in Smethwick, West Midlands, to develop the social enterprise, which brings parents, teachers, and members of the community together to break down the barriers that exist between different cultures. The partnership is still very strong, and we are finding new ways of working with the primary academy to further develop the social enterprise.
Ballot Street Spice now has its own website and an online shop where you can buy ‘Mrs Mahal’s Masala’ and other spice mixes which the young people created themselves through the sharing of family recipes. Their work has been picked up by the BBC when Ballot Street Spice took to the streets of Smethwick with Humphrey the Camel to raise the awareness throughout the community, forming their very own spice trail. The BBC filmed the experience, which you can watch here. Sir Richard Branson has also recognised the work, sharing it on his personal Twitter feed.
Take a look at some of the fun facts and figures around the social enterprise’s success so far by clicking on the various links at the end of the page.
Nicholas Clitheroe, Consultant at RIO who has worked intensively with Victoria Park Primary Academy to develop the social enterprise, says, “To be shortlisted for a TES Award is a huge achievement and we are very proud of the strong partnership that has emerged through this collaboration.”
Take a look at our nomination for the ‘Community and Collaboration’ award the other award nominations here.
The TES award winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on Friday June 24th, find out more here.