Many promising nonprofits and social enterprises in the UK are looking to scale up their proven solutions to social issues to reach more people, but often need additional skills, resources and capacity to make this happen.

Scale Accelerator ensures social organisations can access the support package they need. It provides space to develop a clear plan at a critical stage in their journey, to increase their impact and avoid costly mistakes.

Core outputs of the programme include:

Creation of an ambitious yet realistic two year acceleration plan from strategy and business model development to detailed implementation from Spring Impact
Group leadership training from the School of Social Entrepreneurs (SSE)
Support to better improve their monitoring and evaluation processes from The Social Innovation Partnership (TSIP)

Alongside individual and group participant support, Scale Accelerator aims to capture and share learnings from the programme to help other nonprofits, social enterprises and supporting organisations to understand what it really takes to scale, from practical experience.

Our Scaling Social Impact in the UK report captures lessons from the 2015/16 pilot Scale Accelerator. We plan to apply these learnings to our current and future cohorts and hope the insights will be of benefit to social purpose organisations aiming to scale their impact and those who wish to support them.

Led by Spring Impact, participants also benefit from expert support of delivery partners

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The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) empowers people from all backgrounds to create positive social change. We helped to develop SSE’s Social Franchising and Replication training programme and also partnered with SSE to deliver the our first UK Scale Accelerator programme, alongside The Social Innovation Partnership (TSIP).

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The Social Innovation Partnership (TSIP) is an advisory social business that helps people to use facts to do good. We partnered with TSIP to deliver the first UK Scale Accelerator programme alongside the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE).

2016/17 Scale Accelerator participants

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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 these youth, helping them to change their attitude 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.

2015/16 Scale Accelerator participants

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Age UK Cheshire helps older people love later life. Age UK Cheshire was a participant in our first UK Scale Accelerator programme. 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. Bikeworks was a participant in our first UK Scale Accelerator programme.

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Groundswell is a nonprofit which exists to enable homeless people to take more control of their lives, have a greater influence on services and to play a full role in our community. Groundswell was a participant in our first UK Scale Accelerator programme. 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 fulfil their potential and live the lives they choose. Leonard Cheshire was a participant in our first UK Scale Accelerator programme. We specifically helped Leonard Cheshire to scale their CAN DO project.

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RECLAIM exists to challenge the homogeneity that exists in the leadership profiles across UK society. RECLAIM was a participant in our first UK Scale Accelerator programme.

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Relate offers counselling services for every type of relationship nationwide from marriage, LGBT, divorce and parenting. Relate GMS were a participant in our first UK Scale Accelerator programme.

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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, offering safe accommodation in West Essex, Mid Essex, Hertfordshire and Southend. Safer Places was a participant in our first UK Scale Accelerator programme.

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Staying Put is a UK nonprofit with a mission to enable and empower women, who have experienced domestic abuse, and their children, to safely remain in their own home and community. Staying Put was a participant in our first UK Scale Accelerator programme.

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The Reader is an award winning UK social enterprise working to connect people with great literature through shared reading. The Reader was a participant in our first UK Scale Accelerator programme.

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Vi-ability is a social enterprise based in North Wales that provides opportunities for people of all ages to develop skills by offering training, work experience and qualifications in commercial sports management. In doing this Vi-ability also help sustain thriving community sports clubs around the UK. We worked with Vi-Ability during the first UK Scale Accelerator programme.

Scale Accelerator has been funded by the following organisations

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The Big Lottery Fund awards grants to UK organisations to help improve their communities. They are responsible for distributing 40 per cent of all funds raised for good causes by the National Lottery. We have partnered with The Big Lottery Fund on a number of projects from research into social replication, to events and training on scale up, to working with three of their grantees on the first UK Scale Accelerator programme.

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The City Bridge Trust provides grants to charitable projects working to benefit the inhabitants of Greater London. The City Bridge Trust supported our first UK Scale Accelerator programme.

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The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-making organisations in the UK. The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation supported our first UK Scale Accelerator programme.

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Garfield Weston is a family-founded, grant-making trust which has been supporting charities across the UK for over 50 years. Garfield Weston supported our first UK Scale Accelerator programme.

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The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales enables nonprofits to break or prevent the cycle of disadvantage. Lloyds Bank Charitable Foundation supported our first UK Scale Accelerator  programme.

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The Monument Trust provides grants to varied and geographically wide projects, including funding of the arts and heritage, health and social care, and criminal justice. The Monument Trust supported our first UK Scale Accelerator programme.

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The Rayne Foundation helps and encourages inspiring individuals and organisations who can help build bridges within our complex world. The Rayne Foundation supported our first UK Scale Accelerator programme.

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The Tudor Trust is an independent grant-making trust, which supports voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. The Tudor Trust supported our first UK Scale Accelerator programme.

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