YEAR HERE IS A POSTGRADUATE COURSE IN SOCIAL INNOVATION BASED IN LONDON
The course is a platform for entrepreneurial people to build smart solutions to entrenched social problems.
It’s immersive, action-oriented and grounded in the lived experience of Londoners in care homes, hostels and youth services across London.
Our Fellows try their hand at building creative, scalable responses to social problems, supported by industry mentoring and a rigorous social innovation curriculum.
Our Fellows have collectively volunteered 130,000 hours in frontline services – including homeless shelters, community centres and Pupil Referral Units.
We’ve also launched 39 ventures like Settle, supporting vulnerable young people who are moving into their first home, Chatterbox, a language tuition service staffed by refugees, and Birdsong, a fashion brand selling clothes handcrafted by women’s groups – from elderly knitters to migrant seamstresses – with a ‘no sweatshops, no photoshop’ ethos.
Collectively they have reached over 15,000 beneficiaries, generated more than £3m revenue and received national coverage in The Guardian, Huffington Post, Independent, Daily Mail, Financial Times, Vice and BBC News.
There are no course fees. Unlike a traditional Master’s degree or postgraduate course, your tuition fee is covered by your placements. Our financial support package includes access to loans, bursaries and TfL discounts, as well as recommendations for flexible paid work and affordable accommodation.
Year Here is a social enterprise, meaning that we exist to bring about positive change in society rather than to maximise shareholder profits.