Unlocking Social Investment


Social investment can offer impact-driven organisations valuable investment to help achieve their aims but many don’t know what it is, where to find it or how it works. In this workshop, you will get all the essential information and gain insights from expert speakers to help you take your next steps with social investment and unlock this potentially game-changing funding source.

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“Social investment is the use of repayable finance to help an organisation achieve a social purpose.” Good Finance

Learning outcomes:

  • Be clear on what social finance is and its place in the income mix.
  • Know what social investment is, where to look and how to be best prepared.
  • Understand what social investment can be used for.
  • Get all the information needed to properly consider social investment for their organisation.

Insights from Good Finance

This workshop is created in partnership with and subsidised by Good Finance, a collaborative project to help charities and social enterprises to navigate social investment. They will be answer the questions ‘what is social investment?’, and ‘what role does it play alongside grants, trading income and other sources of finance?’

We’ll explore the principles, strategies, and practical applications of social investment, shedding light on its role in driving positive change while maintaining financial sustainability. Whether you’re curious about exploring new funding avenues or seeking to deepen your understanding of social finance, this presentation promises valuable insights to inform your journey!

Good Finance is a collaborative project to help charities and social enterprises to navigate social investment. This includes improving knowledge, enabling organisations to make informed decisions and helping to connect them to the right social investors based on shared values. They have a number of tools and resources available to everyone via their website and it’s a great place to start for any organisation looking to unlock social investment for their organisation.

Who should attend Unlocking Social Investment?

Unlocking Social Investment is suitable for staff at all levels interested in finding out more about social finance and social investment.  No prior knowledge is required and the day is designed to provide a full introduction to what can seem a complex topic. You might be:

  • A social enterprise looking to scale services.
  • A charity seeking an injection of cash to deliver a contract.
  • A funder wanting to learn more about the social investment space.
  • A trustee who wants more information about what taking on social investment means.
  • Someone new to the charity or social enterprise sector who wants to explore the role that social investment can play alongside other funding options.

Typical sessions

This is the typical set of sessions that you can expect to be part of your day.

  • Expert session led by Good Finance
    What is social investment, and what role does it play alongside grants, trading income and other sources of finance?
  • Landing the learning
    An exercise for the group to help them gauge their investment readiness.
  • Witness session with School for Social Entrepreneurs senior management
    A member of our leadership team will Share experience share the highs, challenges and top tips around their experience of social investment as well as taking a Q&A.
  • Consolidating the learning
    This session will help contextualise what you’ve learned and how it can help you take positive steps forward.


This session runs 09:30am – 1:30pm.


All our learning will be taking place in live online sessions via Zoom. Joining details will be emailed to you on confirmation of your booking.


This workshop has been subsidised by Good Finance. The price is based on your organisations turnover. Please check details on the right towards the top of this page or the tickets on the Eventbrite checkout.

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Booking information:

Book your place immediately with a credit or debit card via our website using Eventbrite. We’ll send you a booking confirmation and joining details right away (check your spam too).

Please note our terms and conditions: we can offer a full refund provided you give us at least 7 days’ notice (within 7 days you can substitute the participant for someone else).  

Please only request an invoice if absolutely necessary and if it is for an amount over £500.

If you have any questions about the course or the booking process please contact Charlie Wright [email protected]