About Us

We are a Social Enterprise that supports young people aged 16-30 to develop social businesses and projects. Many of our young people have experienced poverty, lack of education, disability, immigration, homelessness and the criminal justice system. We understand the value of supporting young people who may have otherwise been ‘written off’. Many lack self-belief and often tell us they’ve had doors shut on them due to their backgrounds. Social Ark recognises the struggles of hard to reach youth and the wrap around care and support that we provide sets us apart from other organisations. We value lived experience over formal qualifications and welcome all entrepreneurial ideas that are in line with our values.


Our Mission

We’re on a mission to empower young people from tough backgrounds to realise their potential and become grassroots community leaders and social entrepreneurs. We aim to create a movement of people that champion each other to explore social entrepreneurship and community cohesion as alternatives to unemployment, deprivation and social exclusion.


Our Values

Our values are at the heart of everything we do. Inclusiveness, equality, respect and empowerment for the whole community regardless of race, religion, class or other social barriers.


We understand the value of empowering young people who may have otherwise been overlooked or ‘written off’. Many lack self-belief and often tell us they’ve had doors shut on them due to their backgrounds. Social Ark recognises the struggles of ‘hard to reach’ youth, and the wrap-around care that we provide sets us apart from other organisations. We value lived experience over formal qualifications, and welcome all entrepreneurial ideas that are in line with our values.

We have made our mark in the local community by insisting on our inclusive values. People from different cultural and social backgrounds are getting to know each other and having fun. We are determine to create a resilient community where individuals are defined by how they empower and champion each other, rather than personal wealth or social backgrounds. Residents have grown to trust us - they get involved in our various projects and are keen to support our work.

Why We’re Unique