Scale Accelerator is a tailored programme that helps mission driven organisations to scale their impact and change more lives.

Participants benefit from an intensive programme of support, that transforms their ambitious vision into a clear plan for meaningful action. We approach things differently, by starting with the mission, impact and change that an organisation wants to have at scale, rather than growth for the sake of it.

Since 2015, 29 of the UK’s top charities and social enterprises have participated in the Scale Accelerator. The programme has supported participants dealing with issues from domestic violence, homelessness and youth violence, to economic empowerment, reforming the criminal justice system and food poverty.

What does Scale Accelerator involve?

The Programme

6 Months

Bespoke Consultancy

Drawing on Spring Impact’s five stage replication process, a dedicated team of experienced consultants will provide your organisation with over 30 days of support during the programme.

Strategy

We will help you answer key strategic questions that will inform your scale model.

Design

The consultancy team will guide you through our design process to create a model for scaling your impact. We will work with you to develop a partnership strategy, quality assurance mechanisms and a financial model.

Collaborative Learning

A series of learning events will be open to each Scale Accelerator cohort, where you will find strong opportunities for collaboration as we bring together like-minded social leaders from across the UK.

Additional Support

1 Year

Flexible Support

You’ll have access to regular check-ins and focused support, dictated by your
organisation’s needs and tailored to you in the form of workshops, practical advice
and trouble-shooting.

Technical Expertise

As you implement your scale plans, we will partner with sector experts to support
you and address your specific technical challenges, such as monitoring and evaluation or marketing.

Networking Opportunities

Ongoing

Alumni Network

We will connect you with Scale Accelerator alumni and invite you to learning events for
our past participants.

Scale Accelerator was a transformational experience for Spark Inside, it helped us identify a strategy to scale our delivery and impact nationally - and highlighted the infrastructure we needed to put into place first.

— Spark Inside, 2017 Scale Accelerator Participant

Our new cohort

Spring Impact is piloting a new, issues-led version of Scale Accelerator, focusing on scaling the impact of projects that help people who face multiple complex needs, like homelessness and substance abuse.

Our aim is to explore how a more targeted approach can benefit organisations with a shared ambition and interest in system disruption, to scale their impact.

Read more about our new cohort

Interested in taking part? We will be recruiting our next Scale Accelerator cohort later in Spring 2020.

They didn’t just come in and say “Here’s a model that is the best model and this is how you change” instead they came here and found out what our priorities are by asking a lot of questions and helped us understand our priorities.

— Groundswell, 2016 Scale Accelerator Participant

Previous Scale Accelerator participants

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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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Scale Accelerator

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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Scale Accelerator

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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Scale Accelerator
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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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Scale Accelerator

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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Scale Accelerator
Scale Accelerator

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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Scale Accelerator

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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