Meet our students

Short interviews with some of the inspirational social entrepreneurs we've supported. Read about the impact they're having and what they think of SSE.

Fellows’ stories

Volunteers and local community enjoying Scotswood Natural Community Garden

Karen Dobson - Scotswood Natural Community Garden

"The most helpful part of the programme was meeting people from other social enterprises, sharing ideas and supporting one another."

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CEO of The Dorothy Parkes Centre, Robert Bruce, with award

Robert Bruce - The Dorothy Parkes Centre

"It’s a win-win & I would encourage anybody in a similar position to apply [to the Community Business Trade Up programme]"

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Photo of Lisa, founder of Talking Heads

Lisa Lea-Weston - Talking Heads

"I’m proud of what I achieved on [the programme]. There were some big hurdles for me to overcome”.

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Action to Prevent Suicide founder, Chukumeka Maxwell. Copyright: Tom Hargreaves

Chukumeka Maxwell, Action to Prevent Suicide

“The journey opened my mind and helped me see things in a different way.”

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Photo of the founder of Kings Grooming, Blue O'Connor against a painted brick wall

Blue O'Connor, Kings

“The programme was invaluable in terms of learning, networks, inspiration and the courage to run with my idea!”

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Mary Anne Barclay, founder of Singing for Lung Health Colchester

Mary Anne Barclay, Singing for Lung Health Colchester

Did you know that singing can help lung health? This young musician has turned it into a social enterprise.

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Tree Stewart, founder of Sky High Arts

Tree Stewart, Sky High Arts

The startup using trapeze to change lives in Cornwall

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Simon Short, founder of Inspiring Intelligence

Simon Short, Inspiring Intelligence

From multiple prison sentences to CEO of a successful social enterprise

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Sarah Cowburn, founder of Bodeeworx, is timing another woman in plank position

Sarah Cowburn, Bodeeworx

Making fitness affordable and accessible to rural communities in Cornwall

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Samantha Francis, Find A Balance

The social entrepreneur tackling the stigma of mental health in black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

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