Yorkshire & North East

We equip people to improve the lives of others and transform communities across our region through development programmes, connections and support.

The region we cover is diverse. It includes some of the most deprived areas in the UK sitting alongside affluent cities, such as Newcastle and Leeds. SSE prides itself in reaching out to individuals in all these areas that want to create social change. We have a thriving network of social entrepreneurs, who are a strong source of support for each other and for our team in Yorkshire & North East.

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Start Up Boost

A short course delivered over two interactive and highly practical online sessions that will give your enterprise – or even just the germ of an idea – direction and clear sight on how to grow and flourish.

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Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme

Whether you are looking to get started on a new idea or want to grow an established organisation, this programme can help. Offering a fully funded year of learning, a mentor and a grant to help you grow your project, this programme will help you develop as a leader and obtain the skills needed to take your organisation to the next stage.

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Get inspired! Meet the latest cohort graduating from the programme:

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Fellows’ stories

Stephen Arnott, Beats Bus Records

Building confidence and self-esteem with the power of hip-hop

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Sophie Simpson, dancing

Sophie Simpson, SS Dance & Wellbeing

Turned her passion for dance into a social enterprise promoting well-being for all ages and abilities.

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Simon Redding, founder of Monkey Park CIC smiling for the camera

Simon Redding, Monkey Park CIC

Monkey Park CIC is like a public living room for the Brampton community.

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Volunteers and local community enjoying Scotswood Natural Community Garden

Karen Dobson, Scotswood Natural Community Garden

Nature-based interventions that improve mental and physical health and strengthen community relationships.

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Melanie Cornish, founder of Bringing Words to Life

Melanie Cornish, Bringing Words to Life

From New York journalist to Newcastle social entrepreneur.

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Karl Stabler, founder of Conservation Management Services

Karl Stabler, Conservation Management Services

Meet the teacher-turned-social entrepreneur bringing us closer to nature

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