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Our list of investment ideas below is built on the work of our Issue Based Groups. These groups seek to develop our understanding of the social issue, the policy and funding environment and of the charities and social enterprises that tackle the problem. Through this, and by working with experts and practitioners in these fields, we identify high impact and sustainable business models that could use social investment to deliver social change. We have characterised the ideas below according to how social investment could primarily be used. This could be to:

  • Grow or diversify revenues
  • Purchase or refurbish assets
  • Catalyse the emergence of new models for social change

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High quality early years provision can have significant impact on the future educational attainment of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Support for people facing major challenges in life is considerably more effective when provided in a stable home.

People in poverty or on low incomes often pay more for the same products or services than people who are better off financially.

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Community sports organisations and leisure trusts engage their local communities in physical activities that improve their health and wellbeing. They can also act as community anchors, provide important local services that might otherwise not be available or affordable

High quality early years provision can have significant impact on the future educational attainment of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Community-led approaches to supporting vulnerable people can create greater savings for local authorities and better outcomes for individuals.

Non-profit GP practices may achieve better outcomes for patients but lack access to conventional finance.

Providing more suitable homes for people with learning disabilities.

Support for people facing major challenges in life is considerably more effective when provided in a stable home.

Charities and social enterprises need to access large volumes of suitable housing for the people they support

Arts organisations may require smaller amounts of higher risk capital as they develop new revenue streams and build resilience.

Financial technology supporting low-income households 

Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are underrepresented in higher education, limiting their future earnings potential and social mobility.

Community enterprises can need a blend of funding (grant and loans) to set up new organisations or take on asset transfers.

People in poverty or on low incomes often pay more for the same products or services than people who are better off financially.