Social Sense appoints new Director of Operations

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Social Sense has completed a trio of appointments in just 5 weeks, in preparation for a planned period of growth in early 2020.

Stacey Adams joins as Director of Operations, having previously occupied roles as Deputy Chief Executive for a large charity and several key management positions in the NHS.

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Her move follows those of Nadia Miller, a Breathworks qualified Mindfulness Trainer and Charlotte Yiatrou who joins as Digital Marketing Apprentice alongside weekly mentorship from Manchester based Social Chain.

The appointments represent the next exciting phase of growth for the Media City based Social Marketing agency, whose programmes have directly engaged over 200,000 people in the UK and in Europe since opening in February 2011.

Established In house programmes include those to reduce smoking, alcohol, knife crime and domestic abuse. In 2014 it established a programme to deliver Mindfulness at scale, which has now reached over 20,000 young people and adults.

This year the organisation also began the new co-creation of a platform to measure and improve lives for people with dementia, which is due to launch in April 2020 across Greater Manchester.

In addition to growing these programmes, the company has ambitions to scale its licensing, training and consultancy arm which enables more public sector and voluntary organisations to unlock their potential in delivering measurable social value.

Managing Director Gary Lovatt explains:

“Having been established for almost 9 years now we now have many programmes that are in great shape to be replicated at scale and have already had some success with this through R U Different? and Mindful Me.

Stacey is incredibly passionate about helping people to help themselves and has a wonderful track record of delivering value to workforces and communities across the North West.

Operationally this will enable us to move to another level – preparing us for the licensed growth of existing programmes, creation of new ones and further consultancy projects.”

One of Stacey’s early tasks will be to conduct a full strategic review of the organisation, ranging from policy, business development, communications and legal. Her early impressions are very positive:

“I have been an avid admirer of Social Sense’s work for some time and always shared its passion for delivering great outcomes at an early intervention and prevention level.

Having explored its programmes, evaluations and plans for the next few years I feel really excited about supporting the organisation to reach its next phase of growth”.

For more information about Social Sense Ltd visit www.socialsense.co.uk

For more information Social Sense Community and its school and community projects visit www.socialsensecic.co.uk

“What’s the best and worst decision you have made in business?”

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Our MD Gary Lovatt was asked that recently by Bob Buckley, who chose Gary alongside 11 other guests for his first Twelve Scholars Podcast series.

They also discussed some of the factors behind decision making for young people and how Social Norms and Mindfulness can each play a role in changing lives and creating healthier society.


We hope you like it and will share your thoughts, plus your best and worst decisions too.😊

How Adopting a ‘Measure with Intent’ Mindset can deliver Social Change

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At Social Sense, our greatest ability is delivering and demonstrating social impacts at scale.

Over the last 10 years we’ve achieved great results in the areas of smoking, alcohol, drugs, knife crime, domestic abuse and mental health and now we’re applying our learning in new areas such as helping people to live well with dementia.

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Social Sense Ltd chosen to build Dementia Lived Experience Platform

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Social Sense Ltd, in partnership with Wirral based Hitch Marketing, has been chosen to build a ground-breaking platform to measure the real time ‘Lived Experience’ of people with dementia.

The platform will be used to record information about a wide range of factors that affect quality of life for people who are living with dementia.

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Mindful Me successfully concludes a project in Kent

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Social Sense recently concluded a successful 12 months project with local secondary schools and youth groups in Kent, addressing emotional health and wellbeing needs.

Kent Police and Crime Commissioner provided funding to commission Social Sense’s Mindful Me Programme across 3 organisations with pupils and young people from 12 schools/colleges.

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7 Ways to Make Mental Health initiatives work in schools!

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Today marks the start of Children’s Mental Health Week and the launch of a number of new trials in schools each aiming to improve the emotional wellbeing of our children.
On the surface of it, this feels like really good news and a welcome boost within an area that has become a growing concern for parents and professionals alike over the past few years.
With so many schools and teachers already stretched beyond their current means however – added to a plethora of providers out there who are already offering solutions around similar themes – how we do really know if we’re solving or problem or simply creating a bigger pile of initiatives for schools, teachers and young people to drown under?

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Key Fund backs Social Sense CIC with £90,000 Investment!

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Salford Quays based Social Sense CIC has secured £90,000 from the Key Fund to help scale its impressive social impacts in the areas of Mental Health, Domestic Abuse, Knife Crime plus adolescent Risk Behaviours including Alcohol and Substance misuse.

The Sheffield based Social Investor has committed to Investing from its Northern Impact Fund.  A mixture of grant and loan finance has been received via Access – the Foundation for Social Investment, with funding from the Big Lottery Fund and Big Society Capital.

Social Sense CIC was born out of the Ltd company using surpluses, pro-bono support and various new commissions to help it achieve a successful first year of trading.

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