Leading Lives shortlisted in the UK Social Enterprise Award, recognising it as one of the leading social enterprises in the country.

Social enterprises are businesses which trade for a social or environmental purpose. There are 100,000 social enterprises in the UK contributing £60bn to the UK economy; each one set up to tackle some of the biggest challenges we face from homelessness to the climate emergency.

Leading Lives provides high quality, personalised social care support for people with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs across Suffolk. They are a finalist in the Health & Social Care Social Enterprise Category. In the last year, alongside delivering ongoing support packages, they have:

  • provided families with emergency respite to avoid crisis,
  • supported people with finance, debts and bill paying,
  • helped more than 150 people to find or keep a home,
  • supported vulnerable people with hoarding through partnership with local social enterprise,
  • and also helped 94 people into employment, training, education and volunteering.

The UK Social Enterprise Awards run by Social Enterprise UK, the national membership body for social enterprises. Leading Lives will be joining the other finalists at the prestigious awards ceremony in London on 8th December.

Commenting on making the finals, Managing Director Tony Carr said:

“After a year full of challenges that our teams have risen to incredibly well, it is wonderful to have this recognition once again from such a prestigious organisation. We’ve always been proud to be employee-owned and the pandemic has proved to the world that those of us who work in the social care sector are resilient, resourceful, and full of stamina. I could not be more impressed by our workforce, and I’m thrilled they’re getting the recognition they deserve.” 

Commenting on the Awards, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK Peter Holbrook said:

The UK Social Enterprise Awards are back, bigger and better than ever before. We have had a record number of applications this year, all of which have showcased the strength, dynamism and resilience of the social enterprise community through what’s been an incredibly difficult and uncertain period.

Over the course of the pandemic social enterprises have been going above and beyond the call of duty to support their teams, the individuals, and communities they work with. showing the grit, determination and innovation so inherent to this sector. They’ve been operating directly on the frontline of the crisis; launching new products and pivoting their business models to meet the needs of communities and society as a whole.