Year Here is a full-time, 10-month course in social innovation, based in London. Our Fellows – established professionals from all sorts of backgrounds – are given a year to test and build solutions to some of society's toughest problems.
We believe that traditional methods of social change – politics, protest and philanthropy – aren’t working. Changing the system takes more than shouting from the sidelines or adding your signature to an online petition.
We think that building a scalable social business could be your best shot at making society better.
Year Here is the breeding ground for Britain’s next generation of social entrepreneurs. We’re a platform for ambitious social startups.
Our Fellows learn in the real world in frontline placements including homeless shelters, community centres and Pupil Referral Units across London, supported by a rigorous social innovation curriculum and our faculty of entrepreneurs, activists and policy-makers.
We run two programmes per year, kicking off in Autumn and Spring.
Year Here was launched in March 2013 at 10 Downing St and been named one of Britain's 50 New Radicals by Nesta and The Observer.
Our 191 Fellows have collectively volunteered over110,000 hours in frontline services – including homeless shelters, care leavers' services and pupil referral units – and launched 30 new social ventures backed by Nesta, The Observer, Ashoka, UnLtd, Bethnal Green Ventures and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
These ventures include:
Year Here is a social enterprise; meaning that we are a company that exists to bring about positive change in society rather than to maximise shareholder profits.