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Free scheme launches for budding social entrepreneurs

A new scheme in Scotland has been announced that will see 100 people given expert advice to help bring about positive change in their local community.

From this month (January) leaders of community organisations and social enterprises in southern Scotland will be able to book on to a series of leadership programmes and webinars, which are designed to help them develop their leadership and governance skills.

The organisers hope the collaboration will empower social entrepreneurs to realise the vision for their community projects. The programmes will give participants the chance to share their experience with other community leaders, and be able to access expert advice from those who have been on a similar journey to them.

The scheme is the result of a new partnership between the Social Enterprise Academy (SEA) and South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE). SEA delivers innovative programmes that empower people in Scotland and around the world to step up and effect social change. While SOSE aims to drive inclusive economic growth across the region, offering support to businesses.

David Bryan, Head of Sustainable Business at the Social Enterprise Academy said

For the first time, there is an opportunity for community leaders to connect and learn from each other across the south of Scotland. The Academy has seen how powerful this approach has proved in the Highlands & Islands, and we’re really excited to be able to bring together enterprising community leaders in the south of Scotland.

Kirsten Logue, Community Development Specialist at SOSE added:

This really is a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills, leadership qualities as well as meet, and learn from others for the benefit of their group or organisation.

Places are limited so people are being asked to apply to the scheme as soon as possible. To apply or find out more about the programme, please visit