Health and Wellbeing Trade Up Programme

Grant, learning and support for projects that benefit communities in Southwark and Lambeth

SSE workshop

Does your work benefit communities in Lambeth and/or Southwark (London)? We’re looking for people running early-stage projects and social enterprises that in some way address either:

  • childhood obesity
  • helping to slow the progression from one long-term health condition to many, in working-age adults

If the total income of your project is more than £15,000 a year (including trading, grant and donation), we could help you grow.

How can this programme support me?

The Health and Wellbeing Trade Up Programme supports you to increase your income from trading and improve your impact. It includes:

  • Up to £10,000 from a Match Trading grant
  • A free learning programme, to help you strengthen your organisation (12 days spread over a year)
  • A support network of peers, who will help you develop your plans and act as a sounding board

There is no cost to you at any point, thanks to our partnership with Guys & St Thomas’ Charity.

How do I apply?

Read the guidance notes to check you’re eligible, then complete our initial application form. This takes about 30 minutes. If you don’t have time now, we can send you a reminder.

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The deadline for initial applications is Tuesday 18th June at 1pm.

Next steps

  • We’ll let you know by Tuesday 25th June whether it’s worth you submitting a full application.
  • The earlier you complete the initial application form, the sooner we’ll get back to you.
  • You’ll then have until Tuesday 16th July to submit your full application.

How can I find out more?

Sign up for an information session

Information sessions are free and optional, and help you decide whether the programme is right for you. You can attend in-person or join an online session.

Download the guidance notes

Please read the guidance notes before applying, to make sure you meet the eligibility criteria and so you can decide if the programme is right for you.

If you need an accessible version, or cannot access the guidance notes for any reason, please email or call us on 0207 089 9120.

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Is this right for me? Am I eligible?

The Health & Wellbeing Trade Up Programme could be right for you if:

  • You are leading a project focused on benefitting communities in Lambeth and/or
  • Your projects is “reducing childhood obesity” or “slowing the progression from one long-term condition to many in working-age adults” in these communities. Please read the guidance notes to find out what we mean by this, as we are looking for projects tackling these issues in a wide range of ways.
  • The total income of your project was at least £15,000 in the last or current financial year (including trading, grants, donations and other sources).
  • You have a realistic plan for increasing the income from trading and social impact of your project.
  • You live in the UK and you are aged 16+.

Please read the guidance notes for full eligibility criteria.

Download the guidance notes

What are the dates and locations?

The programme takes place in London, SE1, from September 2019 to September 2020. You will typically meet as a group for one or two days a month, excluding schools holidays. The guidance notes include specific dates and locations.

What will I learn?

The course is a transformational experience that will push, challenge and support you. It will give you the confidence and skills to create the impact you’re aiming for, covering themes to help you develop your organisation.

Sessions are likely to include learning on how to:

  • Refine your social impact measurement
  • Develop the link between your trading and your impact goals
  • Develop your business plan and income streams
  • Test and refine your marketing
  • Grow your customer base
  • Win contracts
  • Improve your financial management
  • Manage staff and volunteers
  • Manage projects and delegate
  • Improve your leadership skills
  • Develop your networks

You’ll be in a group of around other people at a similar stage to you, from all backgrounds. You’ll form an ‘action learning set’ that helps you reflect and develop in a trusted circle. Here’s a video that explains action learning.

These trusted relationships with other social entrepreneurs are really important to our students: 19 in 20 students stay in touch with people they met at SSE after they finish the programme.

Our learning programmes are very different to traditional teaching. We’re not about essays and academia. We believe in learning from other people’s stories. You’ll hear from inspiring social entrepreneurs who speak frankly about the good, the bad and the ugly of running an organisation. (This playlist of videos shares the types of stories you’ll hear.)

We’ll also introduce you to experts to help you develop new skills. You’ll build a network of peers and professionals who can support you.

How does the Match Trading grant work?

We want to support you to increase your income from trading and sales.

So as part of this programme, you have access to a Match Trading™ grant of up to £10,000. The Match Trading grant matches increases in your income from trading and sales, pound-for-pound.

Check out the video below, and read more about how Match Trading supports social entrepreneurs to increase their sales.

Match Trading™ was developed by the School for Social Entrepreneurs and is now helping hundreds of social organisations to build stronger futures.

Is all this really free?

Yes! There is never any cost to you, thanks to funding from our partners Guys & St Thomas’ Charity.

What is the School for Social Entrepreneurs?

We help 1,000 people a year develop the skills, strengths and networks they need to tackle society’s biggest problems. We run courses that equip people to start, scale and strengthen organisations that make a positive difference. We support people in others ways too, such as funding and mentoring. We’re a charity, and we were founded in 1997. Find out more about us.