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The Social Innovation Academy is a training course like no other.

Social Innovation Academy


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Are you interested in

  • Connecting with local communities
  • Finding imaginative solutions to real-life issues
  • Working effectively as part of a team
  • Sharing your talents and experience with others, while learning new skills?

Then welcome to a training programme with a difference! Discover what’s on offer:

  • A relaxed and welcoming space where you can be yourself
  • A lively atmosphere to stimulate your thinking
  • A supportive network so you feel free to ask questions
  • A chance to translate your ideas into practical action

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Why would you like to study with us?

What’s involved?

We provide a blend of online resources, group workshops and seminars with community experts. You’ll also get hands-on experience on one of our own live projects or with one of our community partners. You’ll see the process through from consulting with stakeholders, identifying issues and developing ideas, to making recommendations.

Our programme is delivered in association with Open University, Opening Educational Practices in Scotland Project , Queen Margaret University and will be located at our new premises in Leith.


Who are we looking for?

You may or may not be new to this type of learning. Whatever your age or background, we welcome your life experience, skills and prior knowledge. We actively encourage a diverse intake that will promote rich thinking. So why not be a part of this adventure in social innovation?


What will you gain?

Boost your confidence and employability through:

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We have successfully piloted our training programme with the support of the Voluntary Action Fund, One City Trust and BIG Lottery.

We’ll be running the Social Innovation Academy again from January 2017. It will run from 10am to 2pm on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday from January 2017 until after Easter. There will be a break for Easter as well as a week off in February 2017.

Find out more through our :

  • Taster Sessions being organised for November and December 2016
  • Newsletter. Sign up for updates on starting dates and on our new community partners.
some students from the Social Innovation Academy
Some students in a meeting discussing their project

Community Partner Reports

Download our reports produced by participants of the 2015/16 Social Innovation Academy: