Oshi's World is a not-for-profit company setup by sisters Helen, Anna and Rhian in the Vale of Glamorgan that offers fully accessible community facilities for children with disabilities and special needs.
The inspiration behind the social enterprise was Anna’s son Oshi, who was born in 2015 with a rare genetic condition and has profound special needs. Anna found that the local community lacked adequate facilities to accommodate him and his equipment, meaning that families like hers were starting to become more isolated as they found it harder to locate facilities and activities where he could socialise.
This motivated the three sisters to create a social enterprise that brings families together by providing fully-accessible facilities for children who have disabilities.
How has Business Wales helped Oshi's World?
"Business Wales offered us a huge amount of support and guidance when we first turned to them, and with the knowledge of our advisor we were able to develop a coherent plan of action to take the business forward, which is something we really needed."
The three sisters behind Oshi’s World were recommended to Business Wales through a friend to access support creating their business plan, initially starting as a Limited company in February.
With different ideas about how to take Oshi's World forward, the Business Wales advisor helped the sisters develop a more coherent plan of action that would help the business achieve its goals. They then explored different funding options, with Business Wales providing expert advisory support to help reshape Oshi's World into a not-for-profit organisation, ensuring the structure and operational practices were in place to enable the company to begin to grow in a sustainable manner.
The funding that this advice has allowed the company to secure has enabled them to host several coffee mornings in the local area to allow families to interact with each other and engage with Oshi's World.
Recently Oshi's World has received support from Business Wales whilst looking at securing new facilities. The company has received advice and information about acquiring business premises, and through Business Wales, the directors have been connected to specialists who can provide more in-depth support on the intricacies of running a charity.
The proudest moment in business
“Our proudest moment was running our first coffee morning and meeting all of the local families who saw a real value in Oshi’s World. Knowing that our idea was needed and wanted was a wonderful moment.”
Director Helen Murphy
Top Tips for Aspiring Entrepreneurs
- Be passionate and enthusiastic about what you do
- Work hard to get where you want to be
- Get to know your local community and the area your business is in
- Don’t be afraid to take the first step, get yourself out there
- Look to get any support you can, whether it’s from family, friends, or from places like Business Wales