Every year, hundreds of social entrepreneurs graduate from our programmes and join the SSE fellows community. We offer funding, events and support to help SSE fellows continue to grow the impact of their organisations as well as connect with others in the community.
This is made possible by Social Partners. Social Partners are a community of people with extensive business experience who donate both time and money to support SSE fellows.
To make sure you receive updates about the support for SSE fellows subscribe to our mailing list as an SSE fellow. Already subscribed? Look at the bottom of your last email from SSE for a link to ‘Update your preferences’ and make sure ‘Yes’ is checked under ‘Are you a fellow?’
Fellows Future Fund
Grants and mentoring support from Social Partners are awarded multiple times per year. The fund is designed to help SSE fellows better understand and grow their impact. You can see what kind of projects have previously been funded here.
To make sure you are notified of any upcoming funding rounds subscribe to our newsletter and tick Yes under ‘Are you an SSE fellow?’
SSE fellows events give an opportunity to make and strengthen connections with others in the community whilst learning from guest speakers and facilitators. Events are designed in collaboration with SSE fellows and include talks, discussions and workshops.
Don’t miss the next event. Subscribe to our newsletter and tick Yes under ‘Are you an SSE fellow?’
More benefits for SSE fellows
Below are more ways for you to benefit from being an SSE fellow. The best way to make sure you are made aware of any new opportunities, including coaching, mentoring and events to sell your products, is to make sure you subscribe to our newsletter and tick ‘Yes’ under ‘Are you an SSE fellow?’ Already subscribed? Look at the bottom of your last email from SSE for a link to ‘Update your preferences’ and make sure ‘Yes’ is checked under ‘Are you a fellow?’
Promote your work
- We want to shout about your work. Please contact us to share any news about your enterprise with our 45k+ followers across social media and newsletter.
- Use your SSE fellows badge on your email footer and website. The SSE badge is a recognised mark of social enterprise and well worth showing off. Download it here
Discounts for SSE fellows
SSE fellows can access exclusive discounts and offers from partner organisations and members of the SSE fellows community. Contact us if you would like to offer the SSE fellows community a discount.
Action Learning Facilitator Training
SSE fellows can save between £100 and £200 on Action Learning Facilitator Training.
Find out more and book here.
SSE fellows can enjoy a fast-track application for RSA Fellowship. RSA have platforms for their Fellows to connect with a brilliant network of over 29,000 people working in different areas of social innovation and change, numerous platforms for your ideas and projects through a series of events both online and across the country, thematic networks you can contribute to, and funding support available for Fellow-led projects.
RSA will also waive the initial registration fee, leaving a monthly contribution of just under £15. If you would like to take advantage of Fellowship, just email [email protected].
Pro bono support from TrustLaw
SSE fellows will be able to apply for their organisations to become members of TrustLaw, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global legal pro bono network.
SSE fellows’ applications will be fast-tracked; membership is free and will allow SSE fellows to access free legal advice on matters as varied as structuring, tax and finance, commercial contracts, employment, intellectual property, and governance and policies.
To be eligible for support your organisation needs to:
- Be incorporated (i.e. a non-profit, charity or social enterprise that is organised as a company) and have a clear social or environmental mission
- Have been operating for at least one year and be able to prove that it is financially stable for the next 12 months
- Be able to clearly express their impact to date and plans to measure it in the future.
- TrustLaw cannot help with urgent requests so we recommend registering even if you do not currently need support.
20% off social enterprise accreditation from Social Enterprise Mark
Social Enterprise Mark CIC is an award-winning social enterprise accreditation authority, which recognises and builds the capabilities of social enterprises as competitive, sustainable businesses, dedicated to maximising social impact. With over ten years’ experience of providing clear standards for the social enterprise sector, they have developed a unique portfolio of externally assessed accreditations which support social enterprises of all sizes and at all stages to prove their credentials as businesses trading for people and planet.
SSE Fellows can enjoy a 20% discount when joining the pathway to recognised standards of social enterprise good practice and excellence. The discount will apply to the first annual licence fee for the Aspiring Social Enterprise accreditation or the Social Enterprise Mark.
Offers from SSE fellows
Free HR support from Populo
Are you a small social enterprise who needs support with a people issue?
Populo, a Hampshire social enterprise run by SSE fellow Sonia Wilson, provides HR support to small social enterprises and charities. Sonia removes the complexities around employment issues and understands your unique needs, unlike many other HR consultancies.
Free HR telephone advice is offered every Wednesday 10:00-12:00. So if you have a people issue and would like to discuss it in a 20-30 minute chat with an HR professional, then contact Sonia on the details below.
Sonia is an SSE fellow of the Start Up programme.
Discounted recycled paint by Cambridgeshire Community Reuse and Recycling Network
In 2013 Cambridgeshire Community Reuse and Recycling Network (CCORRN) started making their own recycled RM Chalky Furniture Paint and in 2015 were supported by Dulux and Community RePaint to become the UK’s First Paint Remanufacturing Hub for Social Reuse and now have an extensive range of ReColour quality emulsion paints suitable for walls and ceilings in over 30 colours.
Although their prices are always competetive (£12 for 5 Litres of ReColour or £8 for a tin of RM Furniture paint) they are offering a two special discounts:
- 30% discount on orders over £150*
- 40%discount on orders over £400*
Check out their website ccorrn.org.uk
Contact Nikki DiGiovanni, [email protected] to take advantage of this discount.
Nikki is an SSE fellow of the The Community Business Trade Up Programme.
More learning for SSE fellows
Virtual Action Learning Sets
If you and a group of SSE fellows would like to organise virtual action learning sessions we can arrange these for £148 per person for 4 sessions.
Contact [email protected] to be put in touch with a facilitator.
Coaching and mentoring
Through partnerships with organisations such as PWC, Social Partners and Linklaters, SSE is able to offer opportunities to take advantage of the skills and experience of personnel from these organisations.
To keep up to date with these opportunities, sign up to our newsletter, just make sure you tick ‘Yes’ under ‘Are You An SSE Fellow’.