We can’t fix issues like poverty, climate change and ill-health alone. That’s why the School for Social Entrepreneurs exists.
SSE helps 1,000 people a year develop the skills, strengths and networks they need to tackle society’s biggest problems. Over the last 20 years we’ve equipped thousands of people to start, scale and strengthen organisations that make a positive difference.
But we’re not stopping there.
SSE is committed to supporting the growing network of social entrepreneurs we’ve worked with over the years to grow their impact – individually and collectively. We are rolling out activities and initiatives developed with, by and for our fellows with the aim of:
- developing personal and enterprise skills
- supporting enterprise growth
- improving impact and its measurement
- strengthening connections
- celebrating and promoting
- movement building
Together, we’re changing lives and transforming communities.
As part of this ambitious programme to support our fellows, SSE has launched the Social Partners initiative. Our Social Partners are a community of like-minded people with extensive business experience who donate both time and money to support SSE fellows. They make the above activities possible, working with fellows on an individual basis as mentors and providing financial support.
Fellows future fund
Thanks to our social partners we have launched the fellows future fund, offering £5000 grants to SSE fellows to grow, understand and communicate their social impact. The first round of applications closed on Friday June 28th 2019. The next round will be in the autumn of 2019.
Virtual action learning sets
We’re pleased to be able to offer virtual action learning sets for all fellows priced at £100 per year. For the first 28 fellows to express an interest this will be discounted to £50! Sets will meet virtually four times over the course of a year and be facilitated by an SSE facilitator. If you’d like to join a set please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Fellowship event series
Next event: Boundaries and Burnout: Managing your wellbeing to increase your impact as a social entrepreneur
Thursday 26th September 2019
18:30 – 20:30
The next SSE fellows event comes to our offices in London Bridge in September.
We’ve got a cracking evening planned, covering ‘Boundaries and Burnout’. Along with lots of opportunities to network with other SSE fellows and social entrepreneurs, we’ll be discussing how you can manage your wellbeing and maintain your impact as a successful social entrepreneur.
Join us for drinks, canapes, and a mini witness sessions:
- Bev Morton, founder of My Next Chapter, will be discussing the relationship between wellbeing & impact and the responsibility you hold as a leader to look after your wellbeing in order to create impact.
You’ll also hear from SSE’s Social Partners– a group of people offering their time, money and expertise to support SSE fellows and develop the fellows community. The Social Partners will be announcing a new round of the Fellows Future Fund – funding available exclusively to SSE fellows – at the event.
SSE offers the following workshops and short courses at a discounted rate to all students and fellows:
- Measuring Social Impact
- Handling Difficult Conversations
- Action Learning Facilitator Training
- Social Scaling and Replication
SSE fellows can enjoy a fast-track application for RSA Fellowship. RSA have platforms for their Fellows to connect with a brilliant network of over 29,000 people working in different areas of social innovation and change, numerous platforms for your ideas and projects through a series of events both online and across the country, thematic networks you can contribute to, and funding support available for Fellow-led projects.
RSA will also waive the initial registration fee, leaving a monthly contribution of just under £15. If you would like to take advantage of Fellowship, just email email@example.com.
Pro bono support
TrustLaw have partnered with SSE to offer free legal assistance to any students or fellows. To be eligible for support your organisation needs to:
- Be incorporated
- Have been operating for at least one year
- Be able to prove that it has enough funds to keep running for the next 12 months
- Have a legal structure that clearly indicates your organisation is a charity or social enterprise
TrustLaw recommend registering with them even if you don’t currently need support. That way, if you ever need advice, you’ll get access to it as quickly as possible.
To get started, complete the application form here.