CEO, The School for Social Entrepreneurs in the Midlands
“We believe everyone has the capacity to be remarkable. We empower people to create change in their communities and improve the lives of others.”
So says Charles Rapson, CEO of The School for Social Entrepreneurs in the Midlands – part of the national network founded in 1997.
The group supports social entrepreneurs in their mission to build businesses that help break cycles of poverty and improve the life chances of people in disadvantaged communities. To date, thousands of leaders have benefited from the School’s Fellowship programmes and workshops such as ‘Sustainable Corporate Partnerships’, Get Ahead In Sales’ and ‘Measuring Social Impact’
In the Midlands, Charles works with budding entrepreneurs, helping them to sharping their business skills and strengthen their emotional resourcefulness. He describes his method as, “an innovative learning approach that focuses on action and peer-support and building diverse connections between people that last.”
Charles brings four decades of professional experience to the School. He says his greatest achievement was taking an adult day care centre faced with closure and turning it into a place of work that provides paid employment to adults with learning disabilities and other disadvantaged people.
“We are immensely proud of launching and keeping the School for Social Entrepreneurs in the Midlands going, despite severe austerity measures and funding pressure. Plus, all the while, doubling the number of people we support in the process.”