NAME OF ORGANISATION: National Centre for Integrative Medicine CIC
LOCATION: Bristol & South West
YEAR FOUNDED: 2014
ABOUT: The National Centre for Integrative Medicine (NCIM) is a community interest company that aims to affordably improve health and wellbeing through a combination of conventional, lifestyle and holistic approaches.
INVESTMENT PURPOSE: The purpose of the investment has enabled NCIM to scale their business by increasing their team and by expanding their range of services and therefore, increase impact.
INVESTMENT AMOUNT: £100,000
DATE OF INVESTMENT: January 2020
SOURCE OF INVESTMENT: South West SITR Fund
IMPACT: Health, Wellbeing & Social Care
ABOUT: The National Centre for Integrative Medicine (NCIM) is a community interest company that aims to affordably improve health and wellbeing through a combination of conventional, lifestyle and holistic approaches. Their integrative approach focuses not only on the physical health of the body but on the emotional, environmental, mental and social factors that can affect to physical illness. This integrative, holistic approach means that NCIM offer wellbeing workshops such as mindfulness for cancer, a sleep programme and a food for wellbeing workshop. NCIM also offer treatments such as craniosacral therapy, acupuncture, massages and creative writing.
One of the many benefits of NCIM is that they reduce the burden on the NHS and lessen health inequalities in disadvantaged communities. NCIM achieve this by offering a range of low-cost appointments in disadvantaged areas of Bristol.
PURPOSE OF INVESTMENT: The purpose of the investment from the South West SITR Fund has enabled NCIM to scale their business by increasing their team and by expanding their range of services. This has enabled NCIM to expand their impact, furthering their aim of minimising health inequalities in disadvantaged areas of Bristol – since the investment there has been an increase of 33% in the number of patients supported, meaning that more people are able to focus on mental and emotional wellness.
The investment has also enabled NCIM to collaborate with organisations such as Heart Research UK and Subway on their Food for a Healthy Heart course, supporting communities in making healthy lifestyle changes.
Dr Elizabeth Thompson, CEO of NCIM: “NCIM is delighted that Resonance has chosen to invest in our organisation […] Investment from Resonance has come at a crucial time when we are expanding and need to increase our workforce to make the most of emerging opportunities. […] We can now advertise for a range of new posts, including a Marketing Lead to help us get the word out there about what NCIM is trying to do. So, a big thank-you to Resonance and their team who has supported the process, and really seem to care about what we are trying to do.”
Oliver Pollard, Head of Enterprise Growth: “It’s great to start 2020 supporting another amazing female-led social enterprise as the 16th investment from the South West SITR Fund. This investment is the result of a long and constructive relationship and I’m really pleased to be able to support NCIM at this stage of their journey. I’m looking forward to all their wonderful developments as they grow and impact the lives of many, especially those living with a long-term condition and without the means to afford help.”
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