Leanne Mallinson and Angela Berguist, Directors of Innovate Volunteering in Knowsley, are two of 71 leaders across England selected for a competitive learning programme and grant of up to £10,000.
The Community Business Trade Up Programme is run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs, in partnership with Power to Change. The programme supports people improving their local communities through trade.
The programme will help Leanne and Angela to grow Innovate Volunteering. In addition to running two centres within the Borough; Bryer Road Community Centre in Prescot, and ourHUB in Huyton, Innovate Volunteering strives to help reduce social isolation, and enhance the emotional health and wellbeing of local people from cradle to grave through good quality volunteer led projects.
Leanne and Angela will soon begin a nine-month learning programme at the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE). SSE helps people develop the skills, strengths and networks they need to tackle society’s biggest problems.
Leanne says: “I am delighted to have been accepted onto the Community Business Trade Up Programme, run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs, in partnership with Power to Change. The programme and grant of up to £10,000 will help us grow Innovate Volunteering, so we can support more people in Knowsley.”
Amber Sorrell, programme manager at the School for Social Entrepreneurs, says: “We are thrilled to welcome Leanne and Angela onto the programme, where they’ll learn alongside other community leaders how to create lasting social impact for the region. We are confident Leanne and Angela have the entrepreneurial qualities and motivation to increase their impact on Knowsley even further, which is why we have awarded them a highly-coveted place.”.
Find out more about the programme and register your interest for the 2020/21 programme at https://www.the-sse.org/courses/community-business/