Support for fellows

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.

Find out more and apply

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 penelope.rodie@sse.org.uk

Fellowship event series

February 2019 saw the launch of a new quarterly networking event for SSE fellows. Each event will be themed around a different topic (we kicked things off with ‘Movement Building and Money’). Keep an eye on this page – and on our social media – for news of upcoming events.

SSE

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

Memberships

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 fellowship.rsa@rsa.org.uk.

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.