Case studies

Sara Young

Founder, Kitts Underwear

For every pair of underwear sold, a pair donated to charity

Sun Drews

Founder, A Good Death

Offering end-of-life midwives as a vital component of our healthcare system

Leon Mirmanas

Founder, DateAbility

A social hub and dating website for people of all abilities

Ana Lozano

Founder, Worldhub

A space to discover world cultures, celebrate Toronto’s diversity and meet like-minded people

Chris Blackwood

Founder, Helping Neighbourhoods Implement Change

Provides transformational and authentic mentoring that directly relates to the lives of at-risk youth in the GTA

Diana Grimaldos

Founder, Ecoartworx

Supports self-employment for low-income, immigrant and/or refugee women artisans

Jean Stogdon OBE

Grandparents Plus

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.

Jared Huet

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.

Pravin Isram

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."

Bex Wiles

Inspire Kibera

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"

Barry Allard

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. 

Craig Little

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.

Jo Thomas

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.

David SmartKnight

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'.

Dennis Morrell

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.

Nourallah Chakroun

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.

Caro Warwick Evans

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.

Sarah Planken

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.

Rob Wall

Roll for the Soul

Bristol's Community Bike Cafe and Workshop

Nicky Forsythe

Talk for Health

An innovative, effective and empowering solution making therapy available to all.

Nura Omar Aabe

Autism Independence

Raising awareness, overcoming taboos, socialising, educating and empowering parents and people with Autism

Eve Malster

FutureThreads

Educating all ages about the origins of fibre and textiles, from seed to stitch.

Jaki Bent

If Everyone Cares

The Interactive Online Community Map

Dean Teyla

PHNX Project Bristol

Helping young people back into employment with education and fitness provided by ex-servicemen and women.

Craig Brown

Trojan Mailing

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.

Florence Norman

Sweet Cavanagh

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"

Hunter Johnson

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.

Julian Lee

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.

Kumari Middleton

Mayibuye

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.

Jamie Green

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.

Kirsten Larsen

Open Food Network

Melbourne based Kirsten Larsen has been investigating the ins and outs of all things food for around 7 years.

Nishan David

BLOODLESS

BLOODLESS, founded by Nishan David, is a cult streetwear label that uses fashion to start conversations and raise funds for causes that matter.

Di Stitt

One Colour

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. 

Shanil Samarakoon

Empower

Empower, founded by Shanil Samarakoon, operates in Malawi and Sri Lanka and enables local entrepreneurs to build self-reliant communities.

Jamie Moore

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

Groundswell Project

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.

Joel Davis

Tutors United

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!"

Annie Francis

Neighbourhood Midwives

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”

Jem Stein

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."

Jeremond During

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.

Peter Nash

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.

Monaser Shahzad

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). 

Justine Paul

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. 

Joe Buckley

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.

Fiona Ollerhead

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

Inclusion Hampshire

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.

Frances Heather

Creative Options

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.

Jordon Maynard-Daley

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. 

Claire Cordell

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. 

Martyn Barnes

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. 

Clare Webb

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.

Annie Clements

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.

Tony Carr

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.

Olive Quinton

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. 

Laura Egan

Enterprise Learning Projects

Laura established Enterprise Learning Projects (ELP) to promote and support microenterprise development in remote Aboriginal communities across Australia.

Jess Moran

Scarf

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.

Tania Sernia

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.

Amanda Ryan

Bachhara

Bachhara is an ethical women’s clothing line that empowers the worth of women all over the world.

Sunny Forsyth

Abundant Water

Abundant Water trains villagers to create their own water filters, use them, and make a business selling them in their village.

Cheryl Staddon

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.

Tracey Allen

Red Cockatoo

Red Cockatoo Australia is a social enterprise working closely with Aboriginal artists in in Blue Mountains, Papunya and the East Kimberley.

Helena Dodds

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 Fox

HEARTSONG CEREMONIES

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.

Stu Williams

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. 

Isabella Quigley Moriarty

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.

Lauren Craig

Thinking Flowers?

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 Jiwa

SMART SAVINGS

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.

Jacquie Johnston-Lynch, The Brink

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 Swift, Wellbeing Project CIC

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.

Kathleen Gibb

Trusting Hands Therapies

Kathleen came to us with an idea, she wanted to help people on a low income access alternative therapies.

Murray Cunningham

Wilderness Adventures

Murray wanted to take outdoor education to the masses.

Saritha Thomas

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.”

Leah McPherson

Cultivate London

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.”

Jo Douglas

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. 

Nicola Bradford

Transforming the way training is delivered

A new Community Interest Company, LimeSkills, is transforming the way training for those employed in the health and social care sector is delivered across Suffolk.

Wale Yusuff

S.A.M.E. Academy

Safety awareness classes and online community for young and new drivers.

 

"Learn from your mistakes, and do more!"

Junior Smart

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.

Karl Mainzer

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.

Lucy Wood

Buckland Food Growers Ltd

Lucy's social enterprise started from wanting good quality, healthy produce for her family.

 

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