ESC support package from Lumi Therapy

We are so grateful to Lumi Therapy for providing an incredibly generous support package to help us grow over the coming year.

Lumi, the wellness brand based in Marsh Barton, Exeter, has provided us with an unrestricted donation of £70,508, funding our website update as well as providing office and storage space. We are overwhelmed to receive this level of support, and this is a much-needed boost to help get us off the ground in the coming year!

We are at a real turning point for our organisation in 2024: our project work has demonstrated what we can do and the impact it can have, as well as highlighting the huge demand for science engagement opportunities in the region. However, with much of our funding so far being small-scale projects (typically between £1-10k) we have not had the time nor resources to grow our team and expand our operations, to get to a sustainable scale. In addition, we have a number of potential projects and partnerships on the horizon, including the development of the physical buildings, and running community-led projects on tackling the local effects of global issues, which we intend to be a long-term component of our community engagement work. These innovative projects take time to develop and apply for, and we have not yet had the capacity to pursue these opportunities.

This injection of funding will be game-changing for us: first, it’s enabling us to increase the Directors’ pay to the median salary in the region from the Real Living Wage, so then we can take on staff at competitive salary levels. Next, it’s providing the financial buffer to take on these staff roles, which can then be sustained long-term through funded projects, that we will now have the time to take on.

We can’t thank Lumi enough for supporting us, and we’re really looking forward to working with them to develop the living wall on the front of their building! Stay tuned on our social media and newsletters for updates on this project as well as our upcoming staff vacancies.

Our new registered office address is 1 Marsh Green Road, Marsh Barton Trading Estate, Exeter, EX2 8NY – we don’t (yet!) have a space for public visitors though, so please email us for any enquiries. We’re really grateful to Kaleider for providing our previous registered office address, since first registering as a CIC in 2020!