of Grants Given Out
Social Ventures Started
Mentors Trained
Hours of Volunteering
Organisations Supported
‘Participate have helped structure my project from a basic concept to a viable social business with a big vision, all whilst providing professional mentoring and personal support. Participate are friends, mentors, critics and strategists – all in one’
Stuart Hill, Director, Access Hospitality

‘The mix of start-up funding and other support from the programme has been invaluable to us. From small beginnings as a local project, we are now working at an international level. We have been given specialist third sector support from Participate as well as business skills from private sector volunteers. Attending Social Venture School gave us the confidence, skills and tools to deliver the first ever mixed ability international rugby tournament.’

‘Being introduced to Participate was a huge stroke of luck on our part. Participate have provided us with a human face of Charity support, a kind and caring service giving us back our feeling of worth and value. Participate have provided us with a thoroughly professional, supportive and above all care based service. They provide a clear map, with clear instruction in a sea of constant change. We are immensely grateful for their support that has positively influenced and greatly contributed to our on going success and progress in the last three years – all very much down to their experience, enthusiasm, unique delivery and informed advice.’

‘The skills and expertise of Participate have been invaluable. Through 1-2-1 meetings, group facilitation sessions, residential conferences, remote editing work, email support and telephone calls, Participate have enabled FoSA to move mountains! Two years ago, the charity and service was in a very vulnerable position… thanks to Participates support, we no longer worry about the future, we embrace it.’

‘Participate have been a fantastic support to KHL especially helping to successfully gain additional funding and looking at new opportunities. The team have generated lots of ideas around the development of the organisation and solutions to help ensure KHL sustainability. It has been a really positive experience working with Participate.’

‘We consider it very important on a number of levels for Christeyns to offer support to local organisation/charities in the community, first and foremost we hope that we can make a small but positive difference to the organisation, secondly, we often see things that in our normal day to day work we would have no idea about and thirdly, from a business perspective helping do something outside work helps us as an organisation to work as a team, get to know each other better and of course have fun!’

‘Participate are helping local businesses such as ours, to contribute to the social and economic regeneration of the Bradford district and by getting involved, Provident is contributing to the creation of a thriving and successful district. Volunteering is great for team building, improving employee morale and skills development.’

‘Working on projects with Participate is such a joy! We love seeing the positive impact on our local community, and we see the benefits of taking part in a team challenge when we get back to the office. But most of all, we have fun!’

‘Participate have provided us with opportunities for team volunteering and individual volunteering and almost 200 colleagues have been involved. Together we have created community allotments, built sensory school gardens, painted community buildings, wrapped Christmas presents for under privileged children and delivered workshops to aspiring social entrepreneurs. Working with Participate enables Morrisons to make a valuable contribution to the community around our head office’

‘It was an emotional moment when I stepped into the back garden – a bit like these TV make over programmes!’
‘Social Venture Partnership has provided opportunities for community and employee engagement across the business. Our colleagues have been involved in mentoring, skilled volunteering and team challenge activity to help kick start the new ventures. This is a great example of where businesses can leverage their peoples expertise across a wide range of skills to support the growth of some great ideas. We’re proud to be part of this fantastic initiative’