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

Michael James Fitzgerald, founder of Man Health CIC, with friend Paul Bannister

Michael James Fitzgerald, Man Health CIC

Using his experience with depression to support other men in Durham.

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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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Waffling on customers

Frank Lyford, Waffling On

"The School for Social Entrepreneurs has helped me to understand how to run a social enterprise better. I have learnt practical things such as marketing skills and accounting."

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