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Recently Launched: RISE

17 March 2022

Free design-thinking workshop programme for your social enterprise running in May.

If you’d like to learn how to use design thinking to harness creativity and innovate within your social enterprise –  the RISE (Resilience & Innovation for Social Enterprise) programme is for you.

Part of the Creative Fuse North East project (funded through the European Regional Development Fund and Arts & Humanities Research Council), RISE is a free-of-charge programme of sociable, creative and confidence-inspiring workshops designed to support you and your organisation. You’ll learn creative ways of effectively collaborating with others online. Using human-centred problem-solving/opportunity-identifying approaches we’ll help you identify what changes could support your social enterprise in being more resilient and sustainable.

Shared insights from RISE will also inform on-going work to develop Newcastle as a positive and supportive social enterprise city – feeding into the bid to Social Enterprise UK for Newcastle to become a registered ‘hot spot’ for social enterprise (www.socialenterprise.org.uk/social-enterprise-places). Led by Junction Point, Connected Voice and Project North East, this bid will set out an action plan to improve the support available to the social enterprise sector across Newcastle.

The programme will be delivered in April over four online workshops (totalling 12 hours) run by a friendly and supportive team of innovators from Northumbria University. Each workshop is designed to be inspiring, energising and fun. Additional free 1:1 coaching is available for people who’d like to refresh or build their digital skills in order to take part.

During the programme you will have the opportunity to spend valuable time working on your social enterprise rather than working in or for it. Within a supportive peer group you’ll have space creatively to evaluate complex business challenges and opportunities. At the end of the programme you’ll leave with a better understanding of how your ambitions and ideas might be brought to life to benefit you and your organisation.

We believe innovation is vital for the resilience and sustainability of any organisation.  While innovation is often thought of as developing an invention or bringing a new product or service to market it can take other forms and create many types of benefit too. Innovation can be a powerful way to improve processes and effectiveness, seek out new directions, and overcome stubborn challenges. The RISE programme is adaptable and will help any social enterprise from those in the early stages of a new venture, to long-established organisations looking to adapt to new environments.

Our support is available free-of-charge to eligible social enterprises registered and trading in Newcastle including sole traders, partnerships and freelancers, micro, small and medium sized enterprises. Click here for more information about the workshops or to have an informal chat about the programme please email creativefuse@northumbria.ac.uk.