Each year, our Changemakers programme will find innovative ways to build financial resilience, and help us move fairly to a sustainable world.

Working with our partners, Year Here and the School for Social Entrepreneurs, we'll create, develop, and invest in bold ideas and sustainable solutions in the UK and Ireland.

 

How it works

The two stages of our Changemakers Programme

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

1. Bold ideas – with aspiring Changemakers

Together with our expert partner Year Here we’ll support 10 aspiring individuals each year to help them test and build new ideas. Working collaboratively, we’ll explore unmet needs and pioneer new innovative solutions.

2. Scaling up – with existing Changemakers

Alongside our partner, The School for Social Entrepreneurs, each year we’ll invest in 10 existing social enterprises that have developed exciting innovations, to help them scale up and increase their impact.

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

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.

Meet the Changemakers

Following overwhelming interest, we're delighted to announce the first ten Changemakers we'll be working with through our ‘Scaling Up’ stage of the programme, in partnership with the School for Entrepreneurs. We're proud to be supporting each founder with two years of consultancy support, funding and ongoing collaboration.

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Before I Go Solutions, Jane Duncan Rogers

Before I Go Solutions mission is to ‘make end of life plans as common place as birth plans’, helping people to prepare for bereavement and mitigate the financial shocks that can result.

Read more  about Before I Go Solutions, Jane Duncan Rogers
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Pocket Power, Louis Holliday

Pocket Power are an enterprise on a mission to tackle the poverty premium by helping people on low incomes find better deals on their household bills, through providing personalised 1:1 support.

Read more  about Pocket Power, Louis Holliday
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Breadwinners, Martin Cosarinsky Campos

Breadwinners provides employment and training for refugees and young people seeking asylum – who are at risk of being financially vulnerable – by selling artisan bread at farmers markets and online.

Read more  about Breadwinners, Martin Cosarinsky Campos
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The Growing Club CIC, Jane Binnion

A not-for-profit that provides training and employment opportunities and enterprise skills for women via an innovative peer-support model.

Read more  about The Growing Club CIC, Jane Binnion
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Money A&E, Jerry During

Money A&E are an award-winning social enterprise that provides money advice and educational services to disadvantaged groups and Diverse Ethnic Communities (DEC).

Read more  about Money A&E, Jerry During
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Easy As 123, Laurence Taylor

The Balance project, part of Easy as 123, aims to help business owners and freelancers build their financial literacy and resilience through a new approach to financial management called Business Data Interpretations.

Read more  about Easy As 123, Laurence Taylor
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Jobs for Family Carers, Fiona O’Neill

Jobs for Family Carers helps people who care for an ageing or sick family member to access employment that they can fit around their caring responsibilities, giving them a sustainable income and reducing financial vulnerability.

Read more  about Jobs for Family Carers, Fiona O’Neill
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RoseTinted Financial Services, Ebony Rebecca

RoseTinted is a service that promotes mental wellbeing for women through a mixture of financial and mental health support. This involves everything from budget courses and one-on-one financial support to group mental health support — all with the aim of building confidence and financial resilience.

Read more  about RoseTinted Financial Services, Ebony Rebecca
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Page and Bloom, Rosie Oglesby

Page and Bloom creates handcrafted paper flowers for weddings, events and gifts. All materials are recycled and salvaged, and the venture provides employment and training for women survivors of domestic abuse, who are often left particularly financially vulnerable.

Read more  about Page and Bloom, Rosie Oglesby
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Flank, CJ Tayeh

Flank is a fintech solution, helping people on lower incomes to repay informal loans from friends and family in a safe, accountable way. The service includes measures to help build long-term debt avoidance and stable wealth, and prevent family breakdown.

Read more  about Flank, CJ Tayeh

What are the benefits?

Participants working with us at Scaling Up stage will receive:

  • Two years of support, including 1-2-1 expert consultancy, learning sessions with other social entrepreneurs in the same sector.
  • A grant of £10,000-£30,000, with opportunities to access further funding in year 2.
  • The chance to collaborate and build a relationship with Royal London to work on building resilience for more people facing life shocks.

Does your social venture help people build financial resilience, or mitigate the social impacts of a move to a net zero world? Are you interested in being part of the 2022 Changemakers Programme? Register your interest in the 2022 programme.

Our focus

At Royal London, our Social Impact work is how we help drive meaningful change for wider society on our purpose impact areas of helping build financial resilience, and moving fairly to a sustainable world.

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

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

Read more about our Purpose.

Support and information

Year Here is a postgraduate course in social innovation and a platform for social entrepreneurs who want to tackle society’s toughest challenges. It consists of a one-year Fellowship and an Accelerator programme offering investment and business support.

Unlike a traditional postgrad course, the Year Here Fellowship is action-oriented and immersive. The issues they focus on include the housing crisis, educational inequality, financial resilience, unemployment and health disparities. Over one year, diverse and multidisciplinary cohorts of Fellows learn at the frontline of inequality – in care homes, homeless hostels and schools across London.

Supported by a rigorous social innovation curriculum and industry mentoring, they go on to found some of the most promising social startups in the UK. Year Here has launched the social impact careers of over 200 diverse leaders and birthed 40+ award-winning social ventures including Settle, Birdsong and Appt.

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) recognise they can’t fix issues like poverty, climate change and ill-health alone. That is why they exist, to help 1,000 leaders of social change each year to develop the skills, strengths and networks they need to tackle society’s biggest problems. In turn, the leaders they support help millions of people in need while creating meaningful jobs – often for the most disadvantaged in the labour market. 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. 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 the organisation, the ultimate goal of social innovation is to further social progress.

You can express an interest to receive updates on the 2022 programme by visiting SSE's Changemakers programme page.

Year Here is a postgraduate course in social innovation and a platform for social entrepreneurs who want to tackle society’s toughest challenges. It consists of a one-year Fellowship and an Accelerator programme offering investment and business support.

Unlike a traditional postgrad course, the Year Here Fellowship is action-oriented and immersive. The issues they focus on include the housing crisis, educational inequality, financial resilience, unemployment and health disparities. Over one year, diverse and multidisciplinary cohorts of Fellows learn at the frontline of inequality – in care homes, homeless hostels and schools across London.

Supported by a rigorous social innovation curriculum and industry mentoring, they go on to found some of the most promising social startups in the UK. Year Here has launched the social impact careers of over 200 diverse leaders and birthed 40+ award-winning social ventures including Settle, Birdsong and Appt.

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) recognise they can’t fix issues like poverty, climate change and ill-health alone. That is why they exist, to help 1,000 leaders of social change each year to develop the skills, strengths and networks they need to tackle society’s biggest problems. In turn, the leaders they support help millions of people in need while creating meaningful jobs – often for the most disadvantaged in the labour market. 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. 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 the organisation, the ultimate goal of social innovation is to further social progress.

You can express an interest to receive updates on the 2022 programme by visiting SSE's Changemakers programme page.