Catalyst Consortium

The Participation Works Partnership has been commissioned by the Catalyst Consortium to develop and deliver the Business Support Programme supporting yeah CIC to achieve the strategic aim of creating an enterprise culture and co-ordinate a sector approach to business development. This is one of the three strands of Catalyst Consortium work funded by the DfE designed to ‘strengthen the youth sector market’ over the next two years.

The Business Support Programme will consist of a guide for young people written by young people on ‘How to understand social enterprise for young people’. This guide aims to explain to any and all young people exactly what a social enterprise is. It includes information on legal structure, case studies of successful social enterprises, organisations offering support, and the funding available to social enterprises. Altogether, this guide should be all you need to learn the basics about social enterprise! This is however supported by a half day workshop (again written and delivered by young people for young people). The workshop introduces the different types of social enterprise and moves in to exploring why setting one up could work for you. Participants will use stimuli to create a plan, then analyse what they’ve come up with against what has actually been established. The course is designed to be enhanced further by the range of online resources which have also been developed as part of this programme.

If you would like further information about this programme, or have a group of young people who would be interested in the training please e-mail Nicola Murdoch or phone 0207 843 6356.

Catalyst is a  consortium of four organisations working with the Department for Education (DfE) as the strategic partner for young people, as part of the Department’s wider transition programme for the sector. Catalyst are working to deliver three key objectives over a two year period. We are strengthening the youth sector market, equipping the sector to work in partnership with Government and coordinating a skills development strategy for the youth sector’s workforce.

Read the Catalyst Consortium FAQs (PDF)

How to understand social enterprise for young people
This guide aims to explain to any and all young people exactly what a social enterprise is. It includes information on legal structure, shining examples, organisations offering support, and the money available to social enterprises. Altogether, this guide should be all you need to learn the basics about social enterprise.
Read the guide

Participation Works is a partnership of…
British Youth CouncilChildren's Rights Alliance for EnglandKIDSNational Council for Voluntary Youth ServicesNational Youth AgencyNCB