The Diana Award has won a place on a national Scale Accelerator programme, which helps non-profit organisations identify the most sustainable ways to reach more people and support more communities across the UK.

9 June 2021

The Diana Award is one of just twelve 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.

The Scale Accelerator programme provides vital consultancy support alongside a new opportunity for leadership training which will enable social leaders to be in the driving seat of their organisations’ scaling journeys. The programme is made possible thanks to a grant of more than £1,500,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

Participants will take part in two programme routes:

● Intensive Consultancy: a 6-month programme offering bespoke consultancy, strategic support, and peer to peer learning opportunities with a network of forward-thinking social leaders.

● Leaders of Scale: a 4-month intensive training programme supporting leaders of mission-driven organisations to build the skills, knowledge, and tools necessary to lead change within their organisation.

“We are delighted having been offered a place on the Spring Impact Scale Accelerator programme. It is an enormous privilege to collaborate with a distinguished set of experts to scale the impact of our Award and Development programme. Just in time for the launch of our new strategy this is a prime opportunity to maximise our global impact. Our award recipients are the drivers of positive social change. The Scale Accelerator is our opportunity to strategically support our young changemakers and equip them with the tools to act as multipliers of change. We are honoured and proud being able to play an active part on their journeys and create sustainable, positive change in the world.”

Dr. Cornelia Reyes Acosta, Impact and Evaluation Manager at the Diana Award

“Congratulations to The Diana Award for their well-deserved success in joining the Scale Accelerator. We are thrilled to work with such fantastic organisations, and provide organisations and social leaders with the guidance and training needed to take their scaling plans forward.

Every participant organisation’s social innovation provides crucial support to diverse communities across the UK. As we begin to recover from Covid19, it is paramount that more people can access such life-changing support. We are so inspired by the participants’ ambitions to harness the power of their solutions and change even more lives, and we look forward to helping them turn their ambitions into reality.”

Mohamed Osman, UK Director at Spring Impact

Scale Accelerator forms an important part of Spring Impact’s work to enable mission-driven organisations and funders to scale social impact. It is made possible and highly-subsidised thanks to a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

Since 2015, over 35 UK charities and social entrepreneurs have participated in the programme and, as a result, many have increased their reach and impact, and gained funding for their next phase of scale.

“As charities and voluntary sector organisations grapple with the impact of Covid-19, it is important that those with great ideas to address society’s most pressing challenges have access to support to help them expand their work in the right way. Thanks to National Lottery players, more mission-driven organisations will be able to help more people and communities to respond, recover and thrive.”

John Knights, Senior Portfolio Manager at The National Lottery Community Fund

There are 10 categories that make up the list of 100 names, including film and entertainment, science and technology, business, art and design, music, sport, environment, fashion, food and drink and philanthropy. The criteria and professions for each category vary, but everyone on the list possess one or more of these characteristics: pioneering, open minded, creative and welcoming.


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