Wear Together Sunderland

Nurturing Social entrepreneurs

Whether you’re running an established social enterprise or cooperative, you hope to set one up, or you’re still in the dream stage, we’re here for you with free, expert support to help you get started or scale and grow.

No matter how basic you think your questions are, or how complex your organisation’s needs, our team is here to support you with everything from free expert business and financial advice to attracting funding, legal structures, and developing your services.

Being one of the region’s longest-established social enterprises, we understand the challenges and triumphs that come with running a business driven by purpose.

That’s why our support is tailored to your needs.

North East Sport
North East Sport CIC

1-2-1 advice

Advice and coaching with expert
social enterprise advisers.

Small Grants

Next round of applications Autumn 2024.


Practical skills in business planning, social media, and much more.

Connecting for Good

An opportunity to meet likeminded entrepreneurs making positive change.

Wear Together Sunderland aims to:

Like traditional businesses, social enterprises aim to make a profit, but they re-invest or donate those profits to create social change. They exist in all sectors, cafes and cinemas, mental health services, community banks and gyms, school uniform hubs and community gardens. They improve local people’s life chances and provide training and employment opportunities.


To qualify for free support from social enterprise advisers, you need to live in Sunderland, have an idea for a new enterprise which will have a positive social impact, or have plans to expand an existing social enterprise in the city.

Grant eligibility details available on request.

Support when you need it

Tailored one to one advice and small group workshops. Blending workshops, peer-to-peer support, business advice and coaching to help you start and grow a social enterprise.

Get in touch

Request an expression of interest form today…

Upcoming workshops

In business for good...

We Make Culture

We Make Culture CIC

Bringing people together through music.

Reinvented with Friends

Reinvented with Friends

Tackling furniture waste and promoting sustainability.

Get in touch

Request an expression of interest form today…

Wear Together Sunderland is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.
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