Your calling may be Social Enterprise but you may not know where to start when it comes to converting your idea into reality. Don’t worry – you are not alone. Fortunately there are a variety of training programmes and organisations available that can prepare you. We have listed 9 options below.
 

Offline Training

 
1. The School for Social Entrepreneurs
 
The School for Social Entrepreneurs was founded in 1997 by Michael Young. Its mission is to address inequalities and social exclusion by supporting social entrepreneurs from all backgrounds to transform their talent into real social outcomes, in the form of sustainable solutions to poverty and disadvantage in communities. It does this through the use of action-learning based programmes of personal and organisational development.
 
2. Social Enterprise Europe
 
Social Enterprise Europe Ltd is company coordinated and managed by Cliff Southcombe that operates as a co-operative network of educators, consultants and advocates for social enterprise in four continents.
 
3. Social Enterprise Works
 
Social Enterprise Works has been providing guidance and practical business development assistance to prospective, newly formed and established social enterprises since 1993.
 
4. iSE  
 
iSE are the social enterprise experts providing development opportunities for social enterprises, community organisations and not for profits in Birmingham and beyond. 
 
5. Training for Co-operatives and Social Enterprises 
 
CAN provides specialist development services to co-operatives and community enterprises through business advice, training design and delivery, group facilitation, feasibility studies, development planning support and accessing appropriate funding.
 
6. MA in Social Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths University
This graduate programme is one of a few in the world dedicated to social entrepreneurship and innovation. Students gain a strong understanding of foundational theories of entrepreneurship, innovation, social problems and policy, while supplying practical tools in relation to entrepreneurial modelling and SROI.
 

Online

 
7.  Know How to Non Profit
  
Learn how to clarify your social purpose and the types of products or services you’re looking to sell and find out how to make a long-term difference by ensuring the sustainability of your business model.
 
8. Social Entrepreneurship Toolkit – UnLtd  
 
UnLtd is the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK and offers the largest such network in the world. 
 
9. University of Oxford – Department for Continuing Education
 
The intention of the course is to develop knowledge, appreciate of the role of social entrepreneurs that create social change, deepen students understanding of the world around them, and to inspire you to use your skills and knowledge to be as Gandhi said, ‘the change you wish to see in the world’.
 
We hope you find this information useful. Have you attended one of the courses? Or studied at one of the organisations listed above? Did you attend another course? What was your personal experience? We would love to hear from you.  You can let us know by tweeting @hubwestminster or emailing us via hello@hubwestminster.net
 
 Best wishes
 
Impact Hub Westminster Team