New Guide Launched to Support Social Innovation in Local Areas

A new guide has been published to support social innovation in communities. Social innovations are new products, services and models that aim to address social challenges and that lead to new relationships and collaborations*.

They can take the form of:

  • Social enterprises, or voluntary or community organisations
  • Digital technologies such as apps or computing software
  • New or enhanced services that support people in need
  • Social movements – collections of people who promote or resist a change in society or in an organisation

Social innovations set out to create social value; in that they generate economic, social and environmental outcomes for the community.

The guide offers practical advice on how to start a Local Social Innovation Network to bring people together to share knowledge and develop ideas in a supported way. The guide can be downloaded here and has been funded by The Cheshire & Merseyside NHS Health & Care Partnership and John Moores University

*Murray, R., Caulier-Grice, J. & Mulgan, G. (2010). The Open Book of Social Innovation. NESTA, London.