What is the Grace Network CIC?

Creating Life Changing Opportunities in the Five Valleys

We want to see people reach their social, emotional, spiritual and economic potential by using the medium of business to develop, train and mentor people. Our role is simple. We do five things:

  • We provide training for people in the form of mentoring and formal qualifications.

  • We launch, manage and grow small social enterprises to create opportunities for people to develop.

  • We invest time in people to help model and demonstrate positive lifestyles and create confidence that can build up self-esteem.

  • Provide warehouse and office infrastructure to allow social enterprises and charities to grow and develop

  • Provide consultancy and advice to third party organisations and our owned subsidiary companies (Kick Off Stroud CIC and Stroud District Furniture Project CIC)

In 2015/2016 our social enterprise, and the partners we work with, engaged with over 12,000 customers, stakeholders and recipients of support.

Our Businesses


Kick Off Stroud CIC

An award winning social enterprise that works with 1000s of children each week in primary schools across the District. It has been running for 4 years and has grown from £7k per year turnover to over £100k in the current year. Find out more here  

Stroud District Furniture Bank CIC

Another award winning social enterprise that provides quality, affordable furniture for families across Stroud District and beyond. In its first year of operation it turned over £30k and this year it is on target to to over £80k. Find out more here  

Cirencester Furniture Bank CIC

This social enterprise provides quality, affordable furniture for families across Cirencester and beyond. We work with Cirencester Foodbank to help work with those most in need of furniture. Find out more here  

Stroud District KidS' Stuff CIC

Our newest social enterprise is Stroud District Kids' Stuff. This is an enterprise the provides free clothing and other items for families in crisis. Alongside this, it is an employment project that is seeking to create a perfect environment for single parents who need to find flexible work that can generate a good salary.We hope to grow this team and business over the 12 months and employ more people in the near future Find out more here

We also provide warehousing for a the Stroud District Foodbank, a cost we fund out of our annual profits.

Our Supporters

Grace Network generates most of its income from the profits of its own subsidiary organisations. However we have some projects that we operate that cannot be funded simply through profit sharing and so we are really grateful for a number of supportive organisations:

Stroud District Council Stroud District Council have pledged to support our work for the next 3 years as part of their local core funding grant programme. This provides us with an invaluable stream of income that we use in our pre-employment outreach work which is vital in meeting new candidates but is a big investment in time and effort.

Martin Surl, Police and Crime Commissioner The Commissioner's Fund has pledge to support us for the next two years with a targeted programme that looks to create work opportunities for young people involved with the criminal justice system. We hope to see 20 young people given a fresh start over the next 2 years.

Big Lottery Fund Through the Awards for All programme we have received support to overhaul our office, IT and warehouse to make our enterprise hub more inclusive, efficient and to have a bigger impact.

Big Lottery

Going the Extra Mile The Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Project aims to engage with and support individuals in Gloucestershire who are currently dealing with circumstances that are potentially causing barriers to work and move these people closer towards education, training, volunteering or work, including self-employment. The GEM Project aims to engage with 1,100 people over the next three years until December 2019. This programme is a unique partnership of community based organisations, managed by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council. The GEM Project is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

For more information, please visit glosgem.org

Talk to Us


Talk to the team

If you want to talk to us about the work we do please contact us via will@thegracenetwork.org.uk