Our Changemakers Programme was designed to find innovative ways to bring our Purpose to life by building people’s financial resilience and helping everyone move fairly to a sustainable world.

From insight to idea to impact, we work closely with our Changemakers to encourage and accelerate inspired thinking. They have access to Royal London’s knowledge and expertise, tailored business support and funding.

Meet the Changemakers

At Royal London, our social impact work is how we help drive meaningful change for wider society. Through our Changemakers Programme, we're now supporting a total of 20 social enterprises focused on our Purpose impact areas of helping to build financial resilience or moving fairly to a sustainable world. 

Building financial resilience

We know that over 11 million people in the UK have less than £100 in savings to fall back on, and 4-6 million people will face a serious income shock each year. 

Moving fairly to a sustainable world

We know that reaching net zero will have potentially positive and negative social impacts – including job changes and losses, and effects on local communities – and that these won’t be felt equally across society.

Case studies: #OneMileInTheirShoes

How it works

Working with our partner, the School for Social Entrepreneurs, we develop, and invest in bold ideas and sustainable solutions from ambitious social enterprises across the UK and Ireland.

What are the benefits?

1. Two years of support

Including expert consultancy and learning sessions with other social entrepreneurs in the same sector.

2. Grants and funding

A grant of £10,000-£30,000, with opportunities to access further funding in year two.

3. Unique opportunities

The chance to support Royal London to work on building resilience for more people facing life shocks and enabling solutions for a Just Transition.

Supporting aspiring social enterprises

Our programme also worked to support early stage entrepreneurs through our previous partner Year Here. During our partnership, we supported aspiring individuals for the first two years by working collaboratively to explore unmet needs and pioneer new and innovative solutions.

Following the closure of Year Here in 2022, our programme now focuses on scaling up social enterprises with existing solutions, while also helping them test and build new ideas, which we believe will allow us to make the biggest impact. 

Changemakers process. This image is an infographic and has alternative text available if you are using a screen reader.

The innovation process

  • Insight: Understand the needs of those experiencing life shocks.
  • Idea: Test ideas and turn them into real world solutions.
  • Launch: Identify and develop new ways to meet those needs.
  • Growth: Invest in and scale up effective solutions.
  • Impact: Deliver greater change for those affected by life shocks.

More information

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) know they can’t fix issues like poverty, climate change and poor health alone. That’s why they exist – to help 1,000 leaders of social change every year to develop the skills, strengths and networks they need to tackle society’s biggest problems. The leaders they support help millions of people in need while creating meaningful jobs, often for the most disadvantaged.

SSE run programmes that equip people to start, scale and strengthen social enterprises and organisations that make a positive difference. But they’re not a traditional school. Learning with SSE is inspiring, action-based and accessible. Their programmes are highly tailored to the specific needs of participating organisations, offering a blend of learning, funding and mentoring.

Lord Michael Young founded SSE in 1997 and today they work internationally, with teams across the UK, Canada and India.

A social enterprise is a business that puts the interests of people and the planet first. They want to change the world for the better. Like a conventional business, a social enterprise aims to make a profit – the difference is, they’ll drive the majority of their profits towards their social mission.

Social innovation is the process of creating and implementing new and better ways to meet social needs and solve social problems. While business innovations are often designed to profit an organisation, the ultimate goal of social innovation is to speed up social progress.

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) know they can’t fix issues like poverty, climate change and poor health alone. That’s why they exist – to help 1,000 leaders of social change every year to develop the skills, strengths and networks they need to tackle society’s biggest problems. The leaders they support help millions of people in need while creating meaningful jobs, often for the most disadvantaged.

SSE run programmes that equip people to start, scale and strengthen social enterprises and organisations that make a positive difference. But they’re not a traditional school. Learning with SSE is inspiring, action-based and accessible. Their programmes are highly tailored to the specific needs of participating organisations, offering a blend of learning, funding and mentoring.

Lord Michael Young founded SSE in 1997 and today they work internationally, with teams across the UK, Canada and India.

A social enterprise is a business that puts the interests of people and the planet first. They want to change the world for the better. Like a conventional business, a social enterprise aims to make a profit – the difference is, they’ll drive the majority of their profits towards their social mission.

Social innovation is the process of creating and implementing new and better ways to meet social needs and solve social problems. While business innovations are often designed to profit an organisation, the ultimate goal of social innovation is to speed up social progress.

Learn about our social impact work