I looked all over for grants that might have been available to help us take on a graduate, but I could only find schemes to help businesses take on unskilled workers in apprenticeships.
(PRWEB UK) 19 September 2013
Tatami Health, a private Physiotherapy practice based in Angel, North London, is excited to have launched a Crowd Funding Project on the website Indiegogo.com to raise working capital to take on their first new graduate physiotherapist in a graduate programme. Backers of the project will have a great chance to receive the physio they need for their aches, pains and troublesome twinges as thanks for their support.
The project link is: http://igg.me/at/dance-physio/x/4576138
They’re set to take on Sian, one of their part-time receptionists and massage therapists, in this graduate programme. She’s been studying full-time for 3 years while working with the existing team. The need to Crowd Fund her salary is a reflection on the general toughness of the times for small health businesses already under the squeeze by the private medical insurers and the general downturn in spending on services like physiotherapy. However, owner Ellis Taylor doesn't want to lose this opportunity to pass on the skills he’s honed over 13 years of practice to help grow the reputation of his clinical team.
Already in a short space of time they’ve become the go to physios for the Urdang Academy, whose graduates include this years’ X Factor contender Lydia Lucy, as well as dancers performing at the Sadlers Wells theatre.
On deciding to try and Crowd Fund for this project, Tatami Health owner Ellis Taylor has said that:
“It really is the best option for us to try and raise capital in this climate. I looked all over for grants that might have been available to help us take on a graduate, but I could only find schemes to help businesses take on unskilled workers in apprenticeships. The thing with Sian is that she has a professional degree, but in my industry that doesn’t stand for much if you don’t have the experience, so without the support we can provide her with she doesn’t have much chance in the private sector, and with job prospects in the NHS even tighter this doesn’t bode well.
What I can offer her is a really unique opportunity to grow and learn from myself and the other senior Physiotherapists I have working here. But with things the way they are in a small business like mine, all of my staff need to be able to contribute to the bottom line, otherwise I can’t afford to take them on. For us now though it’s all about spreading the word and getting backers on board with this project to get her on board. Those that do back us will be able to benefit straight away with our rewards set-up.”
Notes for Editors:
Should this be a story of interest we can happily provide further information into the process of setting up the crowd funding campaign and the difficulties we encountered when pursuing more traditional funding means through bank loans etc.
All enquiries should be directed to:
phone daytime: 02072880422
phone nighttime: 07720683428
● Thursday 19th & 26th September, at the Urdang Academy, Old Finsbury Town Hall, Rosebury Ave, London EC1R 4RP, 9am-12pm
● Friday 20th & 27th September, at Tatami Health 6A Liverpool Rd, London N1 0PU 2pm-4pm