Founder, Sparks of Life
As a self-directed learner who comes from a background of being told what to do, where to look, how to learn: this has been a huge learning curve for me. I have gained a lot of confidence in myself.
The Think Academy
Hello folks, I'm Lisa, from Co. Kildare and my passion in life is maths education. In particular, I'm interested in ways of improving student confidence in maths, which I see as the reason behind many students' disengagement with the subject.
Hi, I'm Helen and I'm really passionate about health promotion and making being healthy easy, social, fun and affordable. I've a degree in psychology, a master's degree in health promotion, and have spent a number of years working in both public health research and health promotion practice.
Business Leader and Entrepreneur
Hi, I'm Eoghan and I'm focused on building an enterprise that genuinely makes a positive difference in the lives of its customers.
Hi, I'm Colm and my passion is sustainable energy. I have been in the energy sector for about 10 years running my own business (Glas Energy) and spreading the gospel of reducing carbon emissions by eliminating waste of energy and use of renewable energy technology.
The Irish Food Academy
Hi, I'm Mark and I'm passionate about creating opportunities for the under privileged in society and I aim to do this via the Irish Food Academy.
Hi, I'm Allison Roberts, a Canadian born chocolatier. After starting my first chocolate business aged 12, I trained in languages and media and worked a short time in the corporate world, picking up skills that are very useful but found quickly that I thrive on the numerous challenges and freedoms that being an entrepreneur brings.
I'm an artist that creates large scale interactive projects & installations with environmental themes.
Hi, I'm Barry. I work for the Cavan-Monaghan Education Training Board (CMETB) teaching horticulture/ ecology with a strong environmental slant.
Galway Equine Assisted Training Service
I've lived long enough to have identified four equal passions in my life. These are (in no particular order!) horses, people, learning and teaching.
Social farming adventurer
Hi, my name is Grace and I'm passionate about socially conscious rural enterprises and giving some back to the community.
I'm Rachel, a passionate Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) and budding social entrepreneur. When I qualified as an SLT there were few prospects of employment in Ireland, in spite of the numbers of people on waiting lists for SLT services.
For almost thirty years I've been working in Youth and Community Projects in and around central Dublin. The work is focused on the support and empowerment of young people and their families in areas which have suffered significant disadvantage over many years, with little prospect of lasting real change in the near future.
Walkinstown Green Social Enterprise & Green Kitchen cafe
I'm an experienced project manager with 20 years of experience in the Healthcare, Disability and Social Housing sectors.
I’m Maura, a Toronto born lecturer who's lived in the US, China and now Ireland. Reading matters to me because it only takes a bit of extra effort to help all children become good readers, and I know first-hand how powerful and transformative education and literacy skills are for families facing socio-economic challenges.
Boltz is an environmental education company. It develops products and services to speak to people about sustainability in a light and fun medium. My first product is seed bombs. Seed bombs are a compressed mass of seed and paper or seed and compost.
Clink: A third level course database and career advice website
I'm currently studying Economics and Mathematics in UCD. My project is Clink, an online third level course database with a personal edge.
The Irish Association for Positive Ageing
The aim of IAPA, the Irish Association for Positive Ageing, is to provide a forum for mutual help and self-activation for older members of the community.
The Prospect Programme
I'm William, and youth unemployment is my focus. From my time working in Mississippi, Dublin and Limerick I soon realised that 'empowerment' is one of the most enigmatic words in the community development lexicon. What it rarely entails, unfortunately, is salaried positions.
Breakthrough for Life
Breakthrough for Life is a free app for people in crisis and at risk of suicide. It offers people in the grip of despair a life line.
Afterhere is a site that provides information to people worldwide to deal with death. It's a unique online resource for people to talk to others about their experiences with death and dying, find specialist products and services and donate to a local charity of their choice.
My social enterprise aims to improve the lives of those disabled by chronic diseases through exercise and guidance from a physiotherapist.
I'm the creator of URBAN FARM, a social enterprise founded to research and demonstrate alternative DIY food growing methods for localised food security.
The Music for Youth Project Limited
I founded The Music for Youth Project Limited (The MY Project) to provide a quality music service that delivers creative and developmental opportunities for youth.
Hi my name is Amaka,
I set up eDundalk.com, an online newsletter, to help connect people to opportunities available for them to attain their full potential. My vision is to see people from ethnic minority communities represented in leading positions across all sectors in Ireland.
Step up Coaching
I developed 'Step up Coaching' as a for-profit social enterprise to help people improve their lives through entrepreneurship, personal development and entrepreneurial thinking.
SSE-East Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2013/14
Nurture By Nature Forest School provides alternative education provision to vulnerable, unemployed people.
SSE-East Cool 10 Environmental Entrepreneurs Programme 2013/14
Founder, Kitts Underwear
For every pair of underwear sold, a pair donated to charity
There are so many wonderful things to say about the SSEO.
From its amazing leadership and staff, to the very well curated curriculum, to the insightful guest speakers and inspiring fellow students, everything and everyone is aimed at helping you learn, grow and succeed, not only as an entrepreneur, but as a human being.
Founder, A Good Death
Offering end-of-life midwives as a vital component of our healthcare system
A social hub and dating website for people of all abilities
A space to discover world cultures, celebrate Toronto’s diversity and meet like-minded people
Founder, Helping Neighbourhoods Implement Change
Provides transformational and authentic mentoring that directly relates to the lives of at-risk youth in the GTA
Supports self-employment for low-income, immigrant and/or refugee women artisans
Grandparents Plus is the national charity which champions the vital role of grandparents and the wider family in children’s lives - especially when they take on the caring role in difficult family circumstances.
The Internet College of Ireland
Hi, I’m Jared and I’m passionate about teaching people how to use Internet technologies. I founded the Internet College that focuses on the education of Social Media for parents and Internet safety and of Internet for adults over 50yrs of age with no or low personal costs.
My New Canvas
Addressing the lack of places to go at night that have a good social atmosphere and are alcohol free.
"Being on the Fellowship Programme has forced me to prioritise and commit to my project. I am quite sure I would not have made the progress I have made this year had I not have been at the SSE."
Breaking down barriers to education for women in Kibera slum, Nairobi.
"SSE has taught me that I need to know and believe in myself. I've learnt to take risks, to not be intimidated by scary job titles and to be enthusiastic in my pitches"
Managing Director - The Feed
The Feed is a catering social enterprise, which provides training and employment opportunities for Learning Employment Accommodation Project (LEAP) clients. It serves mainly African food.
Rebuild South West
Craig is a Fellow of SSE Cornwall through the Fellowship Start-Up Programme 2012/13. Rebuild South West is a unique building company which provides essential training and work experience for ex-servicemen and women whilst also addressing the 'empty home' and 'redundant building' issue in the South West. Through Rebuild South West, Craig aims to enhance the lives and prospects of the ex-service community, homeless and displaced families and long-term unemployed tradespersons. The scheme also benefits owners of empty homes, local councils and housing authorities.
In Our Nature
Jo is a SSE Cornwall Fellow having graduated in 2013 from the Fellowship Start-Up Programme of 2012/13.
In Our Nature is a horticultural service specialising in designing and developing forest gardens and edible landscapes to provide beautiful and productive environments which are beneficial to wildlife, our nutrition and health and can help individuals, groups and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint. It provides a bespoke advisory, design and development service to enable anyone wishing to create a forest garden or edible landscape.
Plan-It Earth Environmental Education Project CIC
David is a Fellow of SSE Cornwall having graduated in 2013 from the Fellowship Start-Up Programme.
From a base in West Cornwall, offering a programme of mentoring and facilitation to help young people, in particular young men, to reach their full potential - to 'reclaim the warrior'.
MADD Lives Foundation
Dennis is a Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme Fellow, who graduated in 2013 from SSE Cornwall. He created MADD Lives Foundation CIC which is a youth music, arts, dance and drama production company based in and serving the China Clay area of mid-Cornwall. His organisation creates projects to inspire young people to learn new skills and enhance their self-confidence, thereby benefiting both themselves and their local communities.
Inspiring Women Network
Nour, a graduate of the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme and a Fellow of SSE Cornwall, has establihed a multi-cultural women's group, aiming to improve the quality of life for women and girls living in Cornwall by developing their potential and creating opportunities, promoting equality, cultural diversity community cohesion and social inclusion.
The Cornish Seaweed Company
Caro is a Lloyds Bank Social Entreprenurs Programme graduate and Fellow of SSE Cornwall. Her company sustainably harvests seaweeds from remote Cornish coastal areas and delivers related educational talks and employment opportunities. Her am is to target all those interested in local, healty, natural foods, from consumers to food producers, restaurants and delicatessens.
The Village Harvest
The Village Harvest is a project stirring the pot to create knowledge and awareness of asylum seekers and refugees in Australia. Founder, Sarah Planken is currently developing the venture as part of her participation in the 2013 Incubator Program with SSE Australia.
Roll for the Soul
Bristol's Community Bike Cafe and Workshop
Talk for Health
An innovative, effective and empowering solution making therapy available to all.
Raising awareness, overcoming taboos, socialising, educating and empowering parents and people with Autism
Educating all ages about the origins of fibre and textiles, from seed to stitch.
If Everyone Cares
The Interactive Online Community Map
PHNX Project Bristol
Helping young people back into employment with education and fitness provided by ex-servicemen and women.
Mail fulfilment service with a mission
Social impact forms part of bottom line
Craig Brown, one of three directors of Southampton based, Trojan Mailing, a printing and mail fulfilment house with a workforce solely made up of people suffering from learning disabilities or mental health issues.
A peer-led aftercare service for women recovering from eating disorders and addictions.
Sweet Cavanagh employ women and teach them how to make and design jewellery. There is next to no after care in London, especially for free and Sweet Cavanagh are aiming to fix this problem.
"I strongly believe that much of relapse could be avoided if there was adequate after care in place to support people as they entered that very vulnerable stage of recovery"
Change the Game
With only a few hours left until the application deadline for SSE Australia’s 9-month Incubator Program, Hunter made the decision to apply. He was cutting it fine but that’s the kind of guy Hunter is – he’s passionate, determined, quick thinking and a considered risk taker.
Food Connect Sydney
Julian believes passionately that "You are what you eat". That banana in your hand, and everything that comes in it and on it becomes part of you and makes you who you are. How can you think well and how can our children learn well if we don't eat healthy food.
Mayibuye is a youth-led organisation, co-founded by Kumari Middleton, which uses performing arts to facilitate educational opportunities for young people who are vulnerable to at-risk behaviour.
One Night Stand
Jamie established One Night Stand as a profit for purpose Australian based sleepwear brand. All profits from One Night Stand are donated to organisations which address issues of homelessness.
Open Food Network
Melbourne based Kirsten Larsen has been investigating the ins and outs of all things food for around 7 years.
BLOODLESS, founded by Nishan David, is a cult streetwear label that uses fashion to start conversations and raise funds for causes that matter.
One Colour, founded by Di Stitt, is a wholesale business uniting people across the world through the ethical trade of their fashion brand and the Kenana Knitters gift range.
Empower, founded by Shanil Samarakoon, operates in Malawi and Sri Lanka and enables local entrepreneurs to build self-reliant communities.
Hello Sunday Morning
Jamie Moore is a social entrepreneur who wants to change the world’s relationship with alcohol. Having lived all across Australia and up and down the California coast, Jamie has seen a range of drinking cultures and is fascinated by the way technology can support people to live healthier lives.
Kerrie Noonan is a psychologist, social researcher, author and presenter. In 2010 after 15 years working in the public health and non-profit sectors, she cofounded The GroundSwell Project with writer, Peta Murray.
Making private tutoring accessible to disadvantaged young people and providing employment opportunities to students.
"SSE has taught me that I am more than capable of building and scaling a strong organisation; it's the social entrepreneur who leads the social enterprise!"
An employee owned social enterprise whose vision is to provide an NHS commissioned midwifery service, offering continuity of care to women and their families.
“We believe that having the same dependable, expert midwife by your side is what makes all the difference”
The Bike Project
Refurbishing second hand bikes and distributing these to destitute refugees and asylum seekers, facilitating them access to resources that can help lift them out of poverty.
"A bike can empower refugees to hope that their future can be brighter than their past."
Money A + E
Jerry was born and grew up in Newham, East London. He started Money A+E in December 2011 because he recognised that there was not enough money advice and support for vulnerable people in financial difficulty. He also saw a major need especially in light of the economic crisis and public sector funding cuts in recent years.
Paddling upstream to success
The project is called Whoosh Explore Canoe Club, based in the Hertfordshire area. It develops a CIC for teaching paddling skills to young people.
The power of good chocolate
Harry Specters Chocolates, based in Cambridge, creates handmade luxury chocolate and provides an opportunity for employment to people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Delivering genuine, local farmer's markets to the very highest standard
Suffolk Market Events offers a genuine local Farmer's Market to events that are already in place.
The Phoenix Cultural Centre
The Phoenix Cultural Centre has been the recognised face of Original Live Music within and around Woking since 2010. Many of the singers, groups, bands and poets they have hosted have gone on to perform successfully at festivals and gigs around the UK.
The Pantry Partnership
The Pantry Partnership is all about doing good with food. Their activities get people back to their roots, cooking communally and sharing healthy, nutritious and exciting meals.
Cheryl Edwards, founder of Inclusion Hampshire trained with the School for Social Entrepreneurs Hampshire three years ago as part of their adult programme, and won ITV’s Peoples Millions for setting up and running a catering school for unemployed young people.
Closures in day centres for people with mental health issues has led Frances Heather, a retired Occupational Therapist, to set up a community café ‘Creative Options ’in Southampton in September 2011. The difference with this drop-in centre is that the activities provided are tailored around the needs of customers.
The Arts Excites
Youth clubs across the country are being shut down as councils slash spending. However, in Slough, Berkshire, Jordon Maynard-Daley, a 31 year-old photographer is using his entrepreneurial skills to positively engage young people and give them a nationally recognised Arts qualification.
Little Gate Farm
Support for people with learning disabilities drops off significantly post-19 and Claire Cordell, a mother of an eight-year-old with severe learning disabilities and a nurse by profession, wants to make sure that learning disabled adults are able to engage purposefully with their community.
SURF: Stylish, Upcycled Reconditioned Furniture
The local tip regularly collects old furniture that often ends up in landfill whilst the long-term sick or unemployed are increasingly looking for work opportunities. Martyn Barnes (40), from Gosport has used his experience and skills in painting and decorating to address both these problems through upcycling discarded furniture and provide employment. His enterprise has sold 70 pieces to date mostly through eBay and also Facebook and Gumtree.
The Cornish Cutting Garden
Clare Webb is a fellow of SSE Cornwall's Third Cohort and has had a remarkable journey to date. Clare is a regular witness on our programmes.
Award winning service for young people with Autism & ADHD
Autism & ADHD, with over 20 years’ experience, both personal and professional, of young people with Autism, ADHD or mental health problems, Annie Clements is well placed to understand the challenges faced by the young people themselves.
Changing the way public service is delivered
Leading Lives a new organisation, Leading Lives is already one of the biggest social enterprises in the East of England. Employing over 450 people, it provides comprehensive support services to adults with learning disabilities across Suffolk enabling them to live the life they choose in their community.
New social enterprise reaches Lofty Heights
Olive Quinton is the founder of Lofty Heights; a loft clearing service for elderly and disabled people that employs disadvantaged youngsters.
Enterprise Learning Projects
Laura established Enterprise Learning Projects (ELP) to promote and support microenterprise development in remote Aboriginal communities across Australia.
Jess established Scarf to provide hands-on hospitality training and mentoring to young people who face barriers to obtaining fair access to training and work opportunities.
Do Good Radio & TV
An advocate of people powered media and community radio, DoGoodRadio & TV is Tania’s initiative to share the stories of people transforming the world from the place we have, to the world we want.
Bachhara is an ethical women’s clothing line that empowers the worth of women all over the world.
Abundant Water trains villagers to create their own water filters, use them, and make a business selling them in their village.
Second Chance Toys
Cheryl established Second Chance Toys (SCT) in 2010 to rescue and recycle gently used plastic toys and donate to children in disadvantaged situations.
Red Cockatoo Australia is a social enterprise working closely with Aboriginal artists in in Blue Mountains, Papunya and the East Kimberley.
LOVE MOVING NIA
Helena Dodds is a fellow of SSE Cornwall's Third Cohort who established a successful project and business, providing people with the opportunity to experience The Nia Technique throughout Devon and Cornwall.
Danu is a fellow of SSE Cornwall's Second Cohort and has established a successful project providing ceremonies for individuals, couples, families and community groups who would like to honor and celebrate something in their lives.
A community radio station - Cornwall 2010 SSE Fellow
Stu Williams is a fellow of SSE Cornwall's Second Cohort who established a community radio station.
MENOPAUSE SELF CARE (MSC)
Isabella is a fellow of SSE Cornwall's First Cohort and has created and established a social enterprise promoting health and well being for women in premenopause and menopause.
An ethical floral design consultancy, which highlights unethical elements of the cut-flower industry and offers an alternative.
“SSE is a launching pad for alternative ways of learning, critical friendships and meaningful connections.”
Jane is a fellow of SSE Cornwall's First Cohort and has established a locally managed social enterprise that provides professional and ethical financial services and personal finance training in Cornwall to people experiencing financial hardship.
We are what we make. Think Brink!
Jacquie first came to SSE Liverpool to participate in the Social Innovators in Health and Well Being programme. It was clear from the first meeting with her that she embodied Social Entrepreneurship; she was passionate, motivated and most importantly had a long
standing, innovative idea for a health related social enterprise that would turn the city’s social and leisure scene on its head; she wanted to set up a bar that didn’t serve alcohol!
Mark is the founder of the Wellbeing Project Community Interest Company – a social enterprise that is providing a range of community and green space based activities for everyone who would like to improve their mental wellbeing.
Trusting Hands Therapies
Kathleen came to us with an idea, she wanted to help people on a low income access alternative therapies.
Murray wanted to take outdoor education to the masses.
People's Power Collective
Access to radio for rural communities in India.
“At SSE, you go from a person who asks, show me how, and become a person who says, I know how.”
An urban farm and social enterprise based across multiple derelict sites in West London.
“Surround yourself with people who support your vision…you can’t do it all yourself.”
Changing the way physiotherapy is delivered
The way physiotherapy is delivered in the community is set to change due to a new social enterprise business, Allied Health Professionals- Suffolk. This has been established by Jo Douglas who is now in her third year, and was part of the first cohort of students from the School for Social Entrepreneurs - East.
Safety awareness classes and online community for young and new drivers.
"Learn from your mistakes, and do more!"
S.O.S. Gangs Project
Award-winning London-wide project offering intensive support to persistent and prolific young offenders to help them break free from crime.
United Audio Project - Dartington 2011 Fellow
Read about Karl's brilliant project and how he is helping to tackle the growing number of young adults out of work.
Buckland Food Growers Ltd
Lucy's social enterprise started from wanting good quality, healthy produce for her family.