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New programme to help five charities grow

Spring Impact has selected five charities to join its new Scale Accelerator, which is focused on scaling the impact of projects to support those on the extreme edges of society.

Drawn from across the UK, the charities will help marginalised individuals facing multiple complex needs.

The selected charities include My Sisters Place which provides services that support women who have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse and Streetwise Opera that engages those affected by homelessness in award-winning performing arts.

Other charities set to benefit are Commonweal Housing, Expert Link and KeyRing.

Backed by The National Lottery Community Fund since 2015, participants in Spring Impact’s Scale Accelerator benefit from an intensive programme of support.

Joe Kallarackal, Director at Spring Impact said:

With marginalised people rarely facing just one issue, there is a growing need for a more systematic, person-led approach.

We know that effective approaches, practices and projects that help adults facing multiple disadvantage have great potential but face unique challenges in scaling their impact. We want to focus on how these challenges can be overcome to unlock greater impact for the sector.

The launch of this pilot follows the decision to expand the Scale Accelerator across three and a half years, thanks to £1.5 million in further funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

John Knights, Senior Head of UK Funding at The National Lottery Community Fund, said:

We are delighted that National Lottery funding is continuing to support the Scale Accelerator, as it develops new ways to help organisations to grow and increase their impact. Thanks to the money raised by National Lottery players, ambitious projects across the UK will be able to scale up their effects, enabling more people and communities to thrive.

Since 2015, twenty-four ambitious UK charities and social entrepreneurs at the frontline of addressing key societal issues have participated in the Scale Accelerator. As a result, many have increased their reach and impact, and gained funding for their next phase of growth.

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