Future Communities Pre-Start Up

Create positive change in Haringey

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: Good news – we’re still going ahead with this programme! We have suspended in-person activities for the time-being, in line with government guidelines. Instead, we will deliver learning online, and adapt content to suit your needs during these challenging times. (If you can’t access online learning, we’ll try to find another format that is accessible for you.) Please see below for further info.


Frustrated by a social, environmental or community problem in Haringey that needs a solution? Committed to doing something about it? We are looking for passionate people in Haringey, who want to set up an organisation that can help their community for the better.

Future Communities Pre-Start Up Programme, funded by Linklaters, will help you to learn, test and build an organisation to create lasting change with the help of leading experts.

Key benefits:

  • Free learning programme made up of seven weekday evening sessions spread over 10 weeks
  • Follow-on support including mentoring and SSE-created bespoke workshops
  • £500 grant, money you don’t have to pay back
  • A community of like-minded people to meet regularly with and gain support and work through challenges together.

How to join the programme & changes to workshops

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: 

  • Given the latest government advice, and for everyone’s safety and wellbeing, we will be suspending all face-to-face elements of our programmes.
  • The recruitment events on 24/25/26 March are cancelled.
  • Instead, we will recruit through a short application form and phone conversation in the coming weeks.
  • Those who have signed up to a recruitment events will be sent further details of the application process soon.
  • Please contact Hannah on hannah.thompson@sse.org.uk if you have any questions or are a Haringey resident and wish to apply.

Our commitment to diversity, inclusion and accessibility

We recognise that discrimination of all sorts infiltrate every part of our society, and we are working hard to counter that wherever we find it. To that end, we actively encourage applications from people of all faiths, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, economic circumstances and backgrounds, as well as those from disabled communities. No educational qualifications are needed to join our programmes.

Reasonable adjustments regarding accessibility will be made to ensure all are welcomed onto the programme. Please get in touch – we’re happy to talk things through.

Follow-on support

After completing the part-time 12-week programme, and for the following year, you’ll receive extra support to ensure you’re getting all the tips, tricks and advice you need to get your idea off the ground.

  • Mentoring from Linklaters acting as a bridge between finishing the pre-start up programme and accessing other forms of support from SSE
  • Free access to SSE one-day workshops
  • Bespoke workshops tailored towards your needs and interests
  • Signposting to further support.

Following this, you’ll have the chance to apply to the full start-up programme made up of 14 learning sessions and six Action Learning Sets, and delivered in 2022. You’ll get a 1-1 mentor from Linklaters too. More info coming soon.

Get in touch with programme manager Hannah Thompson for any questions – hannah.thompson@sse.org.uk