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Epic CIC

Organisation Summary

Business Sector:Youth and Play Services

Business Activities:Learning, volunteering, apprenticeships, training, personal development, sport, health, advice

Business Location:London

Chief Executive:Brendan O'Keefe

Turnover:£5m

Employees:165

Legal structure:Community Interest Company (limited by shares)

Website:www.epiccic.org.uk

Epic CIC

Epic is the first public service youth mutual to spin out of local government and delivers a wide range of support services for young people. Its mission is to inspire young people to achieve their potential and to make a positive difference to the communities in which they work.

Established on 1 January 2014, Epic CIC is the innovation of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Youth Support and Development Service.

Epic delivers a comprehensive range of youth support and play services to children and young people up to the age of 19, and up to 25 where an individual has a lifelong learning difficulty and/or disability. Its services are provided under four main categories:

  1. Epic Youth provides access to informal learning, places of challenge, creativity, reflection and debate, including youth centres and participation projects.
  2. Epic Ambition helps children and young people fulfil their potential in education, employment and training and supports them to overcome any barriers to their progression in life. Services include volunteering programmes and provision of information, advice and guidance.
  3. Epic Sport provides children and young people with opportunities to regularly participate in sport, compete and represent their borough in a range of high profile events or gain qualifications, skills and training to support their first steps into a sporting career with. Services include disability sport and sports coaching.
  4. Epic Health provides a range of health related programmes and services, that help children and young people improve their knowledge and understanding of different health and wellbeing issues that can affect them. Services include sex and relationship education, as well as support for children affected by parental substance misuse.

In addition to more traditional community based projects Epic is exploring entrepreneurial initiatives for reinvest profits back into the core youth services, for example its kayaking centre on the River Thames now sells kayaking trips to the general public.

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Epic CIC

Name:Brendan O'Keefe

Title :CEO

Brendan O'Keefe is the Managing Director of Epic CIC, the UK's first youth service mutual launched in January 2014. Brendan is a Cabinet Office Mutuals Ambassador and advises local authorities throughout the country on the mutualisation of services. He has hands-on experience of leading a successful public sector spin out.

Brendan holds a Masters Degree in Social Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics.

Brendan is driven by the notion that supporting young people to make a successful transition to responsible and fulfilling adulthood is one of the most important duties of any modern day society.