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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Change Up estimated to “Reduce Domestic Abuse by 10%” says University of Salford

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University also estimates a £8.29 society benefit for every £1 spent on Social Sense’s Healthy Relationship project

Social Sense has recently concluded a successful 12-month project with local secondary schools in Salford, promoting healthy relationships and tackling the misperceptions that exist around domestic violence and abuse (DVA).

Harrop Fold High School Primary poster 2018

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It’s #InternationalVolunteerDay – How volunteering can improve your mental wellbeing?

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Most people would agree that giving to others is a good thing, however it can also do a lot of good for your own mental wellbeing.

Small acts of kindness towards other people, or larger ones like volunteering in your local community, can give you a sense of purpose, make you feel happier and more satisfied with life.


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Changing Social Norms around carrying knives in Liverpool!

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RiseUp CIC and Social Sense Community have secured Home Office funding for a pioneering social norms programme focused on knife crime with over 600 year 8 pupils in Liverpool.

On the back of 150,000 young people participating with the programme and a recent award at the UK Public Sector Communications Awards, the Home Office has commissioned Social Sense Community’s RU Different? programme for a pilot study on knife crime with young people.

The study, which is due to start in November, will be delivered in three Liverpool schools. Rise Up CIC will deliver the project, with Social Sense Community leading on the marketing and evaluation.


Photo: Adam McCooey, Social Sense CIC (Left) with Ashleigh Nugent, Rise Up CIC (Right).

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Are you a mental health box-ticker or a changemaker?

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By Gary Lovatt, Social Sense CEO

I have mixed feelings about Mental Health Awareness day. For some management teams within schools and workplaces, the reaction will be to finally bring Dorothy in for that half day of Mindfulness or book a bunch of people on that Mental Health First Aid course (whether they like it or not).

Then there are the schools and organisations who work with us to take the issue of Workplace wellbeing more seriously. They start by working with us to really understand the issues taking place for staff within their organisations and the opportunities for how they can create change at a universal and targeted level. We work together to achieve complete organisational ‘buy in’ and a clear, deliverable plan for culture change and sustainability. There is a Mindfulness strategy sitting alongside key components such as changes to mental health policy, working patterns, nutrition, physical exercise, crisis support or whatever else we find to be a barrier affecting the wellbeing of staff.

Genuine co-production sits at the heart of all of the above. Employees/learners are given the opportunity to become champions, driving forward initiatives long after we have departed, including for example social action projects benefiting both them and their local community.

Employees can engage face to face with these champions or continue their learning digitally.

Everything is measured qualitatively and quantitatively in real time, proving Social Return on Investment and how lives have genuinely been improved and exactly what is was that made the difference.

So on this special day ask yourself this about buying in your next Mental Health related service.

Do you want to be a box ticker or a changemaker?

#boxtickerschoosedorothy #changemakers-choose-us 

Social Sense secures funding for a ground-breaking Healthy Relationships project with young LGBTQ+ groups!

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Social Sense Community has secured funding for a pioneering healthy relationship programme for young LGBTQ+ groups.

On the back of a successful pilot in Salford and a recent award at the UK Public Sector Communications Awards, the Big Lottery Fund has commissioned Social Sense’s Change Up programme for a pilot study on healthy relationships and domestic abuse with LGBTQ+ teenagers.

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The study, which is due to start in September, will be delivered in Manchester and Salford by Social Sense in partnership with the University of Salford and supported by The Proud Trust.

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Social Sense shortlisted in the UK Public Sector Communications Awards for the third year running!

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Social Sense’s Mindful Me programme has been nominated for the 2018 Social Marketing Campaign of the Year Award at the UK Public Sector Communications Awards.

In partnership with Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, Mindful Me provided emotional health and wellbeing support, advice and guidance to year 9 pupils in a total of 13 Salford schools and 4 youth groups.

UK PSCA 2018 - Shortlisted Banner

Mindful Me aims to use early intervention and prevention tools and techniques to help young people and teachers with their emotional health and wellbeing. Social Sense then use social marketing techniques to positively improve confidence, resilience and happiness via methods such as posters, embedding support and the Mindful Me app.

The Mindful Me project adopts a similar model used in our Public-Sector Communications Award-winning R U Different? programme (www.rudifferent.co.uk) (Social Marketing Campaign of the year 2016) and Change Up Programme (Social Marketing Campaign of the year 2017).

Social Sense achieved its aim of engaging 2000 young people in Salford in receiving of the Mindful Me group sessions and achieved impacts such as a 7% reduction shift in self-harming.

Programme Manager of Mindful Me, Reece Hobson said the team were delighted with the nomination.

Emotional health and wellbeing is such an important topic and needs to be addressed. The Mindful Me programme in Salford delivered some fantastic outcomes like a 7% reduction in self-harming and a very positive increase in confidence following the session. We’re delighted with the nomination and look forward to the ceremony.

Francine Thorpe, Director of Quality & Innovation for NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “ The CCG is keen to work with partners in promoting innovation that supports our strategic priorities. I am delighted to see that this project, which aims to improve mental wellbeing for young people in Salford, has been shortlisted for this award”.

The 2018 event will take place at the prestigious Montcalm Marble Arch, London on 20 June 2018.

For more information on the impact of the project, please click here.