Have an idea but don’t know where to turn?
We give you space to gently explore your ideas from the comfort of your own home.

Thinking of growing your passion or hobby into something more?
Let us support you to manage your inner critic and take that first step.

Register your interest

Key benefits of Springboard

  • Free bite-size on-line learning
  • 1:1 mentoring and support where you need it most
  • Learn at your own pace in a safe and supportive space
  • Get practical help and skills you need to explore your idea
  • Build confidence in your own skills and experience
  • At least 12 hours of support with no pressure to do anything afterwards
  • Receive ongoing support through our growing Springboard community
  • Learn how to move from having an idea, to testing and piloting it in simple ways

About Springboard

Springboard is a fully funded and free programme and is for people living in the following areas of Cornwall:

Camborne | Illogan | Pool | Redruth | St. Day | Truro | Penryn | Falmouth | Newquay | St Columb Major | Bodmin | Tintagel | Bude | Launceston | Callington | Liskeard | Looe | Saltash | St Austell | St Blazey | St Dennis | Treviscoe | Foxhole | Torpoint | Victoria | Bugle | Penwithick.

We have the following upcoming programmes running:

Wed 29 Sept
Wed 6 Oct
Wed 13 Oct
Wed 20 Oct
Wed 27 Oct
Wed 3 Nov

Wed 3rd Nov
Thurs 4th Nov
Wed 10th Nov
Thurs 11th Nov

Mon 8 Nov
Tues 9 Nov
Thurs 11 Nov
Mon 15 Nov
Tues 16 Nov
Thurs 18 Nov

Wed 10 Nov
Wed 17 Nov
Wed 24 Nov
Wed 1 Dec
Wed 8 Dec
Wed 15 Dec

Tues 9 Nov
Thurs 11 Nov
Tues 16 Nov
Thurs 18 Nov

St Austell/St Blazey
Tues 23 Nov
Wed 24 Nov
Tues 30 Nov
Wed 1 Dec

To get more information, check your eligibility and book a space, email [email protected]  or call/text 07725 834527. Alternatively fill out our online enquiry form and we will get back to you.

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What do participants say about Springboard?

“The informality of the sessions made it feel very comfortable and also being able
to make my own tea in my own kitchen at the same time helped!”
Tom – Springboard participant

“I gained confidence through doing it; and new life skills”
Nicola – Springboard participant

Springboard helped me see what my dreams and goals were” 
Natalie – Springboard participant

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Meet some people on Springboard

Are you still unsure?

To help people think about how they might explore their idea, and what might be holding them back, we are also participating in an on-line session with Quiet Connections. The session is designed to help you overcome any fears you might have about joining Springboard and running your own business – it is free to watch and you can watch at your leisure.

“I know how hard it can be to bring an idea to life when you’re feeling anxious and self-doubting about sharing your idea or if you’re the right person for the job. Even as I was working on Quiet Connections with SSE, I was looking around thinking that I’m out of place and comparing myself to others.” Hayley from Quiet Connections

To sign up for free please register here:

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I learn?

The course is a gentle experience that will help and support you. It will give you the confidence and skills to decide what you want to do with your idea. We will tailor it based on your needs.

How do I apply?

Please go to our form here and we will collect some basic details from you

Am I eligible?

The Springboard programme is funded by the European Union Structural and Investment Fund and to be eligible for support you need to live in certain areas of Truro, Falmouth, Penryn, Camborne, Pool, Redruth, Illogan and St. Day,  Newquay, St Columb Major, Bodmin, Tintagel, Bude, Launceston, Callington, Liskeard, Looe, Saltash, St. Austell, St Blazey, St Dennis, Treviscoe, Foxhole, Torpoint, Victoria, Bugle, Penwithick.  Get in touch with us and we can check your eligibility and signpost you to other support if we can’t help through Springboard.



What are the locations and dates?

We run the programme at different times and days of the week so you can select a time that works best for you. This programme runs over a few days and is currently delivered on-line so you do not need to travel anywhere. We hope to deliver the programme face to face at various locations once we are confident we can safeguard any risks posed due to Covid-19.

If you have an accessibility issue or do not have access to a computer then please do call us on 01872 306130 or 07894 707991. Alternatively you can fill in a form here. Whatever way you contact us, we will try to help you. We are keen to enable people with disabilities and other access issues to join our programmes.

The programme will continue until December 2022


Is this really free?

Yes it is! Springboard is a fully funded programme, so there is no cost to you, and there are no add-ons or extras that will cost any money. The funders we work with are CLLD and EU Structural Investment Fund.

Can I talk to someone to find out more?

Yes of course!

Please call or text one of the Springboard team: Sarah – 07894 707976, Sally – 07725 835565,  Mike – 07894 707991, Anna – 07598 400165  or Liz 07725 834527 or email us at [email protected]

Are you on social media?

Yes – if you would like to follow us on social media we regularly feature stories, events, news and funding support that is available in Cornwall. Follow SSE Cornwall on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn

We’re running this programme in partnership with the CLLD and EU Structural Investment Fund.