Enterprise in Disguise projects can take any shape or form. One thing in common is that they are ideas from the community.

The primary aim of Enterprise in disguise projects are for the people involved in disadvantaged areas to tackle local issues they identify as a group and for Upstart Enterprise to use enterprise activities to build volunteers’ skills and abilities to strengthen relationships and bringing their communities together.

These projects address social isolation and support improved wellbeing and give volunteers a chance to build their skills (make new friends and do something good for their community).

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In Throckley we worked with volunteers who identified a need for a jobs and skills fair for the young unemployed and returners to work which attracted over 80 visitors.


In Benwell we are working with a group of female volunteers.  We are working on the launch of new office space at their local community centre, which will help build their skills around marketing, enterprise and events organising.  As a result the community centre will benefit from additional income from office tenants, which will enable them to deliver more services to the local people.

Benwell Project