NEWS: We Rise wins support from the School for Social Entrepreneurs and Postcode Innovation Trust

We are delighted to have been awarded a place on a competitive leadership development programme, to help scale the success of our social enterprise.

The Scale+Accelerate programme supports the leaders of established organisations working in the following sectors: employability and training; health and wellbeing; environment and conservation.

We Rise has been identified as a well-established organisation impacting the lives of people in need with the potential to scale impact even further.

We Rise empowers young people to create successful futures by providing 21st century work experience and careers inspiration aimed at improving the confidence, connections and employability of disadvantaged 13-21 year olds in Lambeth.

The programme is being run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs, a charity that supports 1,000 people a year to develop the skills, strengths and networks they need to tackle society’s biggest problems. It is funded by the Postcode Innovation Trust, a grant-giving body funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Alastair Wilson, CEO of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, said: “Being awarded the place on the Scale+Accelerate Programme marks out Abigail Melville as a leader with the potential to take this organisation’s impact to the next level. We are delighted to be supporting her on the journey to tackling one of the biggest problems in society.”

Participants are learning in small cohorts made up of peers from their sector. The Scale+Accelerate programme brings these leaders together to share experiences and overcome challenges, and they receive learning from expert practitioners on how to develop their organisations. They hear from expert speakers and other leaders with deep experience of the challenges they face.

Ian Baker, head of learning at the School for Social Entrepreneurs, says: “It’s so important to hear from inspiring social entrepreneurs and charity leaders who speak frankly about growing an organisation. We’re introducing Abigail to experts to help her develop new skills and build a network of peer-support. We believe leaders need space to reflect and develop, as well as learning about the technical aspects of scaling – such as developing sustainable business models, impact and evaluation, and leadership and management.”

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