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Urban Uprising wins place on Scale Accelerator

18 NOVEMBER 2020: Urban Uprising has won a place on a national Scale Accelerator programme, which helps charities and social enterprises to reach more people and maximise impact, as the pandemic continues to present the social sector with serious challenges.

Urban Uprising is one of just six charities from across the UK to be selected for the prestigious programme run by global non-profit consultancy Spring Impact, in a highly competitive process.

Backed by the National Lottery Community Fund, the Scale Accelerator provides vital support, skills and insight for organisations ambitious about changing more lives. It provides a tailored programme, delivered through virtual interactive sessions, helping organisations to build the capacity and skills to maximise and sustain their impact.

Each organisation benefits from over £30,000 worth of consultancy from a dedicated team of experts, who draw upon Spring Impact’s proven methodology.

Ben Campbell, Project Manager at Urban Uprising, said: “The pandemic has had a significant effect on the wellbeing of young people and our programmes will be needed more than ever. Spring Impact is an amazing opportunity for us to work with a dedicated team of experts to help us develop a strategy for scaling up our climbing programmes and increasing our reach and impact across the UK. We're looking forward to joining a group of like-minded organisations, including Social Bite and Settle, on our journey.”

Hannah Barker, Scale Accelerator Programme Manager at Spring Impact said:

“Congratulations to Urban Uprising for their well-deserved success in joining the Scale Accelerator. Helping more people access life-changing social innovations is more important than ever, as the covid-19 crisis continues to impact on the lives of the most vulnerable in our society. We are excited to kick-start this autumn’s Scale Accelerator with this fantastic cohort and help them to reach their ambitions.”

Made possible thanks to a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, twenty-nine ambitious UK charities and social entrepreneurs have participated in the Scale Accelerator since 2015. As a result, many have increased their reach and impact, and gained funding for their next phase of scale.

Cassie Robinson, Senior Head of UK funding at The National Lottery Community Fund, said:

“Charities and voluntary sector organisations are facing new and difficult pressures posed by COVID-19, whilst also playing a vital role in helping society to respond. We’re proud that National Lottery funding is supporting Scale Accelerator and projects across the UK to scale up, maximise their impact and reach, and ultimately support people and communities during this pandemic.”

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