The People's Accelerator 2015/16

This Accelerator was supported by the Department for Social Development in Winter 2015/2016

Richard Good DOJ

Richard has taken up a place which is funded by the UK Centre for Social Justice – they have funded two places in YF Accelerator cohorts, one in NI and one in Leeds. This will allow us to bring in some additional expertise from outside of YF. giving even better support to all projects.

Richard is looking at a social enterprise which engages with offenders and creates sustainable employment – he is particularly looking at the agriculture as the vehicle.


Clare C.I.C


C.L.A.R.E. is a community led model that builds the capacity of local people to support vulnerable adults and older people to live independently in caring and responsive communities.  Our aim is to create communities where all people feel supported and engaged and everyone can achieve their full potential.

We connect people to existing services and remove potential barriers to engagement by utilizing trained community champion volunteers who assist with transport, mobility problems and often provide the friendly support that’s required to overcome a lack of confidence

NOW Group


Our aim is to turn a run-down building in one of the prettiest villages in NI into a bustling pottery/café social enterprise.  We want to make a real impact.

INTU Global Shelter Ltd.

Our Vision: Global impact through housing and shelter innovation.

Our Mission: To design, develop and deliver high quality, affordable building systems to scale.

Our approach to design is to integrate product, process and material technologies to achieve scale of outputs and at the same time through local delivery maximise the in country community wide impact.

Phoenix ADHD Project


Our aim is to empower young people with ADHD to reach their full potential by equipping them and all within their support network with an understanding of ADHD. We run a range of therapeutic group interventions which target issues faced by young people with ADHD aged 7 to 25 such as poor social skills, relationship problems, angers issues, peer pressure and controlling impulsiveness.

Relate NI


Relate's vision is a future in which healthy relationships form the heart of a thriving society. Relate provides professional relationship counselling services to at least two people in the counselling room. For nearly seven decades Relate NI has been delivering professional counselling and therapeutic services to enhance the emotional wellbeing of parent (s), children, young people, extended and blended families as well as individuals affected by relationship difficulties.

Employers for Childcare


Childcare Solutions aims to provide flexible, affordable childcare within the familiar surroundings of their own home. We provide ongoing childcare that emphasizes developing a relationship with the child/ren and provides parents with the opportunity to work or have respite, which will result in improved health & wellbeing for the parents and improved relationships within the family unit.

Kinship Care NI


We support young people in kinship care achieve wonderful things for themselves, their families and their communities. We want to develop a Confidence Building Toolkit, a Business Model which attracts social investment, a model of support which changes the world for the better. We teach a 'can do' attitude, working with some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable young people. By building relationships with young people, they share with us their hopes, dreams and aspirations for the future.

Habitat for Humanity NI


Our aim is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. By bringing volunteers together on practical projects, we aim to build strong communities. HabitatNI aims to deliver on a number of the key objectives of the Empty Homes Strategy and adds social impact to local communities through its volunteering strategy.

Educational Shakespeare Company


We use storytelling, drama and film in a creative and therapeutic way. Our aim is to create radical transformation for those most disadvantaged by society using drama and film to change lives.

Studio Souk


We aim to support and nurture creatives as well as engaging the public with the arts. Studio Souk is not just a supportive and nurturing place for local artists and designers, it is a community and a collaborative environment. It gives support uniquely tailored for the creative business to give the artists the best possible chance of growing a successful and profitable business.

TIDES Training


Our aim is better outcomes for young people by providing joined up thinking between service providers, educators, employers, unions & government. We will use this joined up approach to make community & voluntary and statutory services/resources more effective and increase employment opportunities.

Children in NI


CiNI is the leading provider of high quality learning and development training for the voluntary/community children's sector in NI. Our aim is to make Northern Ireland a society where all children and young people are valued, treated fairly and flourish.

Specialisterne NI


We aim create solutions that enable Autistic people to fulfil their potential by securing and progressing in careers that match their abilities.

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