Scale+Accelerate: Employability & training | Health & wellbeing | Environment & conservation

This programme has now closed for applications. Check out our other learning opportunities.

Scale+Accelerate is a learning programme for the leaders of well-established charities and social enterprises. Scale+Accelerate is run in partnership with the Postcode Innovation Trust, a grant-giving body funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

We’re looking for organisations working in the following areas:

  • Employability & training
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Environment & conservation

Typically your turnover will be £75,000 a year or more, though we may accept applications outside this boundary. Find out more about eligibility in the FAQ below.

What will you gain?

You’ll benefit from 10 days of learning at no cost to you, spread between February and September 2019, focused on helping you scale your organisation.

We know that running a growing social enterprise or charity is challenging. You want to scale, but the path isn’t always clear, and it can be a lonely journey being a leader. This programme connects you with peers at a similar stage to you, so you can share experiences. You’ll gain the space and tools to help you map out your next steps. You’ll hear from expert speakers and other leaders with deep experience of the challenges you face. Find out more in the FAQ below.

Find out more

Watch the recording of our live taster session.

Frequently asked questions

Am I eligible for this programme?

This programme has now closed for applications. Check out our other learning opportunities.

Here are some guidelines on what we’re looking for…

About your organisation

  • We’re looking for small to medium-size charities and social enterprises working in training & employability, health & wellbeing or environment & conservation. 
  • Your organisation is well-established and looking to scale your business model both in terms of impact and operations.
  • Your organisation will:
    • have been active for over three years
    • have at least five members of staff
    • have an annual income of more than £75,000
    • Please contact us if your income is outside of this, or you are applying as a project of a larger organisation and you can demonstrate that you would benefit from the learning programme, as you may still be eligible. Contact Briana on 0207 089 9120 or
  • You will already have begun to scale or replicate your organisation or a programme/project within it, and now need support to scale further.
  • If you are not a Charity or a CIC you must demonstrate that your organisation reinvests the majority of its profits for a social purpose and has an ‘asset lock’, meaning that it must distribute any assets for social purposes, not private gain, if wound up.
  • You are based in Great Britain with the majority of your beneficiaries in Great Britain.

About you

  • You will be the CEO or director of the organisation, who has decision making authority to implement changes as a result of the learning.
  • If you are leading a project within a larger organisation please contact us to discuss this.
  • You are committed to learning and to attending the whole of the learning programme
  • You are committed to meeting and sharing with others who have been through and are going through the same process

Board support

  • You have support from your board to take part in the programme

Not sure if you’re eligible?

If you think you would be suitable for the programme but do not meet one of the above criteria please contact Briana on 0207 089 9120 or


When and where does the programme take place?

This programme offers 10 days of learning, spread over nine months. Learning days will typically be in two-day blocks. (If you need to know specific dates, email

The programme runs from February to October 2019.

The programme has three different cohorts, depending on the focus of your organisation (you select which one you want to do when you apply):

  • Training & Employability – all sessions delivered in London
    6 & 7 February Learning Block 1
    27 & 28 March Learning Block 2
    1 & 2 May Learning Block 3
    2 & 3 July Learning Block 4
    16 & 17 September Learning Block 5
  • Health & Wellbeing – all sessions delivered in London
    27 & 28 February Learning Block 1
    2 & 3 April Learning Block 2
    8 & 9 May Learning Block 3
    9 & 10 July Learning Block 4
    23 & 24 September Learning Block 5
  • Environment & Conversation – all sessions delivered in London
    7 & 8 March Learning Block 1
    15 & 16 April Learning Block 2
    11 & 12 June Learning Block 3
    23 & 24 July Learning Block 4
    30 Sep & 1 October Learning Block 5

What will I learn? What it's like to learn at SSE?

The learning on this programme aims to help you scale your organisation and overcome strategic challenges. You’ll learn about:

  • Leadership & management
  • Functions, systems and process
  • Branding, sales and comms
  • Impact and evaluation
  • Strategy and sustainable business model
  • Building your network of influence

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 and charity leaders who speak frankly about the good, the bad and the ugly of growing an organisation.

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. You’ll have space to reflect and develop yourself as a leader, as well as learning about the technical aspects of scaling and strategy.

You’ll be in a group of around 15 people who are at a similar stage to you. You’ll form Action Learning Sets (a bit like group coaching) to support you to overcome specific challenges you’re facing as the leader of an organisation.  Here’s more info on Action Learning Sets:

Here’s the type of story you might hear on an SSE programme, and this playlist of videos shares plenty more:

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.

Find out more about what makes SSE courses different.


What is the application process?

This programme has now closed for applications. Check out our other learning opportunities.

The next steps after the online application are:

  • We’ll assess your application and if we have any questions that haven’t been answered in the application form, we’ll give you a quick call.
  • There is no interview stage for this programme.
  • You should hear back from us before Christmas about whether or not you’ve been accepted onto the programme.

Where can I get more information?

You can contact Briana on 0207 089 9120 or for any other info you need about this programme.

With thanks to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery for making available the funding for this programme.