Star People

The Star People programme

Delivered in partnership with Local Trust, our Star People programme supported social entrepreneurs in every Big Local area to try out, create and build ventures that bring social benefit locally.

Star People worked with social entrepreneurs like Sue Williamson who founded Tang Hall SMART to fill a void in her community after the local school closed. Using her experience as a teacher and skills as a musician, she gives vulnerable groups the chance to be involved in a community, enjoy themselves and participate in music. As her venture has grown she has begun to offer employment to other local people.

We believe that local people are best placed to create solutions to issues in their communities and make their area even better. We think that social entrepreneurship allows these people to realise their ambitions in a sustainable way.

Through our resilient communities work, we are continuing to work with Big Local areas who share our belief in the power of social entrepreneurship and want to create the conditions to help social entrepreneurship thrive. 

Star people award winner

How did it work?

Each year we selected up to 15 Big Local areas to work in intensively – utilising the energy and enthusiasm of the Big Local partnership to create a culture of social entrepreneurship in the area.

We took a different approach in each area, driven by the opportunities locally. Approaches ranged from looking at how we can embed social entrepreneurship into schools, build networks for community entrepreneurs or look to influence local grant funders.

In Clubmoor we worked with the local partnership to set up an award process for local people to apply for funding. The funding was modelled on UnLtd’s approach to funding – working with and building people’s aspirations to make their area even better

Our work in Dover took time to really get going, some potential opportunities didn’t work out. Our award manager (our local experts in supporting social entrepreneurship) reassessed their approaches and decided to work with the energy of existing social entrepreneurs in the area. We created a peer support group with the aim of creating a cohesive group of people doing good, before looking to widen the network. The group has since taken over a disused shop together and are considering plans to create a co-operative.

Our support for social entrepreneurs in places

We accept applications from social entrepreneurs providing solutions to any issue in any areas. We also have particular areas where we are focusing. 

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