We love feedback here at RIFT Social Enterprise. Here's a selection of some of the great things our referrers, contract managers and case workers have to say...
Tom, Walsall: Restart Scheme
It's fair to say that when Tom spoke to his friends and family about doing gaming videos on YouTube in 2017, many thought it would make a nice hobby but he wouldn't make any money from it.
Tom's idea was a simple one: create videos surrounding gaming with his favourite PC game; Football Manager. He would follow similar content creators and complete not only walk throughs with a chosen team, concept or theme, but also post experiments, ideas, and tips and tricks of the game to help people and maybe even get some to start playing the game for themselves.
Since this creation five years ago, Tom has grown from a few hundred views and single digit subscribers on YouTube, to 30,000 subscribers and thousands of views per video which he uploads everyday. This is coupled with an active Twitch account with over 4,000 followers who actively donate to Tom so he can spend more time creating the streams, and a Patreon making over £1,000 per year for bonus content unavailable anywhere else.
With this success, Tom has now been able to reduce his hours at his 9-5 job as he is earning enough from YouTube to make up the difference. This has encouraged Tom to try and continue this success to eventually make YouTube his full-time job
Shanice, Leicester: CFO3
"I've always loved fashion, and often wondered if I could make a career out of it despite my introverted nature. I wanted to showcase my personality through my fashion lines.
When I was referred to RIFT back in 2021 I'd begun to trade but had varied levels of success, but again my introverted nature made it hard for me to approach people and companies to collaborate with.
This changed when I had my first call with my Business Advisor, Ke. He outlined that the service provided would be led by me and that he would work to my schedule to ensure success. I explained my reservations due my introverted nature. He reassured me that we would focus on my strengths and work to ensure that I had the final say on all decisions. I felt empowered by this.
We worked together to completely revamp my website from top to bottom, including adding a sizing chart, updating my returns policy, and offering payment plan options by registering with Klarna and Clearpay. This gave my customers options to spread the costs, meaning they could have one of my fantastic pieces without the stress of worrying about paying the full amount straight away.
Following this, Ke offered advice and support on improving my social media, sourcing potential collaborations with like minded businesses, and implementing a competition to generate brand awareness and encourage increased visits to my website and profiles. I've since seen a growth in my sales, my social media has more views and interactions and I feel confident in my ability to move forward and make 2022 a success".