Investors In Community Newsletter – Issue Three

Julia Goodman Joins IIC Board of Directors:

“Our work supports and creates a white light of courage and truth in everything that we do” – Julia Goodman

Julia was an actor, producer, and director for 27 years. She rose to fame on shows such as Coronation Street, EastEnders, Those Glory Glory Days, The Brothers, The Lotus Eaters and many more. She also founded the British Actors Theatre Company with Kate O’Mara and played leading Shakespearean roles all over the world.

Julia stepped out of the acting world in the late 80s and discovered a new passion: helping people find their truth and their ability to project that. The idea came (as all the best ideas do) while lying in the bath after having played Lady Macbeth across Europe and London, and feeling unsure what the future had in store for her as a divorced, single mother of two, living on less than £90 a week social security when not acting. Julia started her company ‘Personal Presentation’ and in just three years, turned over her first £1 million.

Julia has been on the development board of Dyslexia Action for 17 years and has raised money for ovarian cancer through The Eve Appeal. She is on the board of BAWE (British Association of Women Entrepreneurs) has helped form major corporate companies’ ability to communicate such as KPMG and has continuously raised money, volunteered, and supported charities throughout her career but felt she could do more. Her business helps people find themselves through discovering their personal brand, their passions and to become the best versions of themselves and their ability to communicate and perform that. She is sure to have truth and transparency at the forefront of her business and wants to ensure that everyone feels able to talk about their own truth in a healthy and constructive way.

When asked about why she was keen to join IIC, Julia said “Anything that has a pragmatic realistic truthful and courageous element to it, I’m attracted to and I will bring whatever I can bring to it. IIC simply aligns with my feelings that if you don’t stand up and speak out and do things, then what are you doing?”

We are delighted to have Julia’s skillset and experience coming to IIC as we continue to grow our movement to unite purpose.

A Word from a Business On IIC, The Family Business Network, Sue Howorth:

Sue Howorth, Co-Founder & Co-Director of The Family Business Network is currently undertaking the Wainwright Challenge for The Lake District Calvert Trust. Sue has used IIC as the fundraising platform for her challenge, saying  “I found the process of setting up my fundraising page simple and easy to do. The Lake District Calvert Trust were also keen to create a profile on IIC having spoken to them about it. Tracey of IIC was very helpful at guiding us through setting up the project.

“The challenge and fundraising has been a real team effort and it’s been wonderful to have the support of IIC”.

Sue is currently part-way through her 12-month challenge to raise vital funds for the Lake District Calvert Trust.

The Lake District Calvert Trust deliver challenging outdoor adventure experiences for disabled adults and children. The charity was one of many that was forced to suspend their activities as the country went into lockdown early last year.

Sue described how she felt after having seen an article in the media about the impact of Covid on the charity and its visitors, saying, “Having worked in the outdoor industry for a time in my earlier career, I knew that Covid would have a huge knock-on effect for the sector.”

“When I heard the Lake District Calvert Trust talk about how badly their funding had been hit by the pandemic and how it was threatening their survival, it really affected me.  The centre delivers amazing experiences for disabled people and I knew I wanted to support them and give something back to their community.”

When deciding how to go about fundraising, Sue turned to her local environment for inspiration.  She says, “As a resident of Windermere, I’m no stranger to the Lakeland fells but I’d never challenged myself to climb the higher peaks. I always knew I would walk some of the Wainwrights and decided that this would be the perfect challenge.”

For Sue however, this challenge will be no walk in the park – not least because of the sheer number of fells involved. Alfred Wainwright documented 214 fells in his pictorial guides and Sue will be aiming to summit each and every one in just 12 months! Combined with this, Sue does have a fear of heights and coming down steep descents, so this adds to the enormity of the task ahead.

Having completed 35 Wainwrights so far, Sue says her toughest moment to date was descending Ill Bell, a part of the Kentmere Horseshoe. She explained, “We tackled the horseshoe and the winds were high, it was cold and I was losing my nerve. Luckily, my experienced walking companion coaxed me down and we carried on.”

Community Litter Picking on IIC.

Are you wanting to start a Community Litter pick but just can’t figure out where to start? Look no further, Investors In Community’s ‘groups’ feature lets you connect with individuals in your community to create your own community litter picking group!

Here individuals can collect Community Credits for their generous volunteering time and see who from their community is getting involved.

If you’d like to set up your own individual litter picking group, all you need to do is create your own Investors In Community account, create your group in less than 5 minutes and then invite everyone in your community to join!

IIC Abseiling For Support Dogs

On the 22nd May, three members of the Investors In Community team took to the Peak District to abseil 80 feet off of the Millers Dale Bridge! In total, the IIC team raised £250 for Support Dogs.

Roundabout Scotland 500 Challenge!

Roundabout would love to invite you to a brand new event:

IT’S time to rev up and hit the road as Roundabout heads for the Highlands with a major new fundraising challenge in September 2021!

The Scotland 500 is a new Roundabout event that will take motorbike enthusiasts on a 500 mile journey, starting from Inverness and riding off into the rugged splendour of the Highlands.

After a year without travel, it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy the freedom of the open road and some of the UK’s most spectacular scenery.

What’s included:

• A key member of the Roundabout crew to help you every step of the way
• A fun list of challenges to complete
• An opportunity to win some competitions such as most fundraised or most challenges completed
• A photographer/videographer to help capture the special moments
• A mechanic to support you on the route in case things get a little sticky
• Dinner Friday, Saturday and Sunday
• A Roundabout t-shirt
• The Scotland 500 medal
• A chance to really make the difference to the lives of young homeless people through fundraising

This is a rally, not a race, so there will be plenty of opportunity to take in the incredible views, whilst completing fun and challenging tasks along the route. We will all be getting together each day for a meal so you can join your fellow fundraisers to talk about the day’s ride!

In addition to a deposit of £150 to secure a place, participants are also asked to raise a minimum of £500 each in sponsorship to help support young homeless people across the South Yorkshire region. Roundabout works with over 250 young people every single day who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

We would love to invite you to take part in what is set to be an incredible challenge. If you would like any more information please do not hesitate to ask or if you would like to sign up, you can do so here and then start fundraising on Investors In Community!

A Word From Our Ambassador, Valentina Hynes:

“Giving, in whatever form is a way to boost mental health and happiness.”

“It creates ripple effects that make for a much more sustainable society. It is the bridge that links Empathy to Compassion. Unfortunately, it is easy to lose track of the good we do, because of the increasing problems in the world and in our society. This is what excites me about Investors in Community. The fact that it is a virtual Happiness/Kindness jar that measures the impact we make through amassed community credits. As a Happiness at work specialist, being an Ambassador for Investors in Community helps me create bonus situations that guarantees everyone wins through increased awareness of social value and corporate social responsibility.” 

Valentina Hynes is an Employee Holistic Wellbeing & Happiness at work Event Planner & Speaker. She provides Continuous Professional Development certified trainings through Away Day Experiences that promote Learning, Mental Health Wellness and personal development for individuals, teams and executives, including DISC Profile and Group Dynamics Assessments. She’s also an Associate Fellow of The Royal Commonwealth Society and she co-owns [SVH Inc.]

Join Our Event: Exploring Social Impact of Purpose-Driven Family Business. 

An online family business event by The Family Business Network in partnership with Investors in Community.

The event will explore the concept of ‘Social Impact’ and how this is identified, measured, valued and demonstrated by family businesses and their teams. Discussions will also consider how family values relate to business values and purpose.

Hear from keynote speakers Tom McGinness (Global Leader of Family Business -KPMG Private Enterprise, UK), Philip Webb (Founder and CEO of Investors in Community) and Ivan Baldwin (Marketing and Business Development at Bechtel Corporation), listen to family business leaders sharing their stories and insight, and a group of next gens explore their vision and aspirations for the future.

Time: Thursday 17 June 2021 at 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Book your place.

We thought we would share some amazing charities with you as well!


Working to end the cycle of youth homelessness in South Yorkshire. Offering advice, support, mediation, short term housing, and support into independent living. If you’re interested in helping this wonderful organisation, please follow this link

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

They are committed to creating a Yorkshire rich in wildlife for everyone. From saving our wildlife and wild places to bringing people closer to nature, they have a vision of a wilder future. For over 70 years, they have been protecting Yorkshire’s wildlife and wild places. If you’re interested in helping this amazing organisation, please follow this link.


Skiggle facilitates and filters each request out to members within the closest geographical area to the SOS in the hope that someone can provide help from their own surplus supply of disability care products. If you’re interested in helping this amazing organisation, please follow this link.


They support people to recognise their strengths and resilience in the face of challenging times. They do this by listening to what matters, reconnecting people to their passions and exploring how they might make the most of opportunities. If you’re interested in helping this amazing organisation, please follow this link.

Join Investors In Community today to deliver your social impact and align with your purpose.

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