Want to scale your social impact, but don’t know where to start?

Getting Scale Ready is an online practical training programme designed to help you overcome the most common barriers to scale and kick-start your organisation’s journey to achieving greater impact.

Over the course of 5 weeks, you’ll join a cohort of ambitious social leaders, and learn how to build the foundation you need to prepare for long-term scale, invest in the right success factors, and take the first steps towards getting scale ready.

During the course, you’ll explore which scaling pathway would work best for your organisation, how to test and assess your scaling potential in the real world, and how to build the strategy and plan you need to do it all sustainably.

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What you'll leave with

  • The knowledge and understanding of what you need to have in place to scale
  • The skills and tools needed to test and validate your scalability in the real world
  • A tangible strategy and vision for scaling sustainably 
  • A hypothesis for the pathway that will lead your organisation to sustaining impact at scale
  • An actionable plan to get your organisation ready to implement your scale strategy 
  • A compelling pitch to build buy-in and secure investment for your scale plans

Who it's for

Whether you’re the CEO of a nonprofit, a social entrepreneur or someone working on programmes that you’d like to see scale to meet the size of the societal problem, this programme is for you. All you need to join is: 

  • Be keen to build the skills and confidence to kick-start your organisation’s journey to scale
  • Be able to dedicate the capacity to engage with the programme, approx. 4-5 hours each week over 5 weeks. 

If you want to analogize it: people get personal trainers to keep them honest. Spring Impact was like our personal trainer for scaling.

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How you'll learn

Learning Kit

You’ll access a Learning Kit including videos, case studies, frameworks and other resources to maximise your knowledge.

Learn by Doing

Each week you’ll be given a task to help you immediately apply your learnings into practice.

Peer Support

During 3x Zoom live sessions, you will discuss, challenge and deepen your understanding alongside your peers.

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Course Syllabus

Week 0 – Welcome to the programme 

  • Set-up and access your learning kit 
  • Get to know your cohort 

Week 1 – Assess scale readiness  

  • Learn what makes organisations and solutions ready for scale
  • Understand what it takes to create sustainable impact at scale
  • Assess your starting point
  • Live session 1 (1hr): introduction & scale readiness

Week 2 – Explore scale pathways

  • Explore different pathways to scale your impact
  • Start to learn what an effective scale strategy requires 
  • Develop a hypothesis for your pathway to scale 

Week 3 – Develop scale strategy

  • Continue to learn what an effective scale strategy requires 
  • Develop a fundamental strategy to guide your scale journey 
  • Refine your scale pathway hypothesis 
  • Live session 2 (2hr): scale strategy

Week 4 – Test to validate

  • Learn how to design and conduct lean tests to validate your scale strategy
  • Understand what it takes to iterate and refine your scale strategy based on testing in the real world.
  • Identify the riskiest assumptions in your scale strategy

­Week 5 – Plan and pitch

  • Programme wrap-up and consolidating learnings
  • Develop a tangible plan based on your learnings to get scale ready
  • Craft a compelling pitch to build buy-in and secure investment for your scale plans
  • Live session 3 (2hr): pitching & next steps

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Previous Spring Impact Alumni

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Age UK Cheshire provides care and support services to elderly people including physical and mental health and be an active member of their community. This in turn empowers them to love later life. We worked with Age UK Cheshire to explore how their Men in Sheds programme could be scaled up.

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A Band of Brothers is a nonprofit established by men committed to positive social change through personal development and community building. A Band of Brothers was a participant in our first UK Scale Accelerator  programme.

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Bikeworks is a London based non-profit social enterprise that uses cycling as a tool to tackle social and environmental challenges in the community. It aims to build a diverse cycling community, initiate capability of mechanical skills and supports businesses to be greener.

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Groundswell is a nonprofit which works to tackle homelessness by working with homeless people and enable othem to take more control of their lives, have a greater influence on services, and therefore set a chain reaction of togetherness and opportunity. We worked with Groundswell to scale the impact of their Homeless Health Peer Advocacy Programme that partners former homeless with current homeless, to ensure health appointments are met.

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Leonard Cheshire Disability is a nonprofit supporting disabled people in the UK and around the world to remain active members of society, fulfil their potential and establish their independence.  We specifically helped Leonard Cheshire to scale their CAN DO project: a volunteer programme for 16-35-year-olds across the UK.

 
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RECLAIM is a social change organisation that challenges the homogeneity that exists in the leadership profiles across UK society and supports youths and the working class people.

 
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Safer Places is a nonprofit which provides a comprehensive range of services to adults and children affected by domestic and sexual abuse, not only offering safe accommodation (West Essex, Mid Essex, Hertfordshire and Southend) but helping victims to overcome these experiences and build a better future for themselves.

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Staying Put is a UK nonprofit which offers a range of services to victims and survivors of domestic abuse and aims to empower them to safely remain in their own home and community.

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Street Doctors is a UK nonprofit who change the lives of high risk young people by giving them the skills they need to deliver life-saving first aid. Through the programme Street Doctors aim to increase the confidence and aspirations of youths, give them a sense of responsibility for their actions and help them to change their attitudes towards violence.

We facilitated an initial workshop with Street Doctors to consider their replication potential and are now providing ongoing support and advice to Street Doctors as they develop a replication model for international expansion.

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The Reader is an award winning UK social enterprise working to connecting people with great literature through shared reading. Furthermore, it pioneers the use of shared reading to improve well-being, reduce social isolation and build resilience across diverse communities.

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Vi-ability, based in North Wales, is a social enterprise working with young adults to transform struggling community sports clubs into viable, thriving businesses and hubs, using this as a catalyst for entrepreneurship and engaging youths into local communities. It provides opportunities to develop skills by offering training, work experience and qualifications in commercial sports management.

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Action West London is a social enterprise that runs Acton Street Market, which brings diverse communities together by creating entrepreneurial opportunities and an inclusive, high profile public space.
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Urban Uprising is a Scotland-based charity using rock-climbing to improve the wellbeing of at-risk 8 to 18 year olds in the UK who are disadvantaged by poverty, health and other inequalities.
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Settle is a London charity that supports vulnerable young people moving into their first home, as part of a mission to break the cycle of youth homelessness
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PeacePlayers International is a cross-community charity that uses basketball to unite, educate and inspire young people in Northern Ireland, as a means to promote peace and reconciliation
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Social Bite is a social enterprise running an employment support programme for vulnerable and marginalised people experiencing homelessness across Scotland
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Humber All Nations Alliance is a charity promoting the  well-being of Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and migrant communities throughout Hull and the Humber.
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