Social Enterprise Ascend


Leading a Social Enterprise or a Community Hub can be rewarding and challenging all at the same time, and it is almost always ever-changing. 

The Social Enterprise ASCEND programme will help you develop your creativity, your entrepreneurship, your personal leadership and your network of like-minded Social Entrepreneurs who are engaged in similar work. 


Community centres and social enterprises of all types bring joy, connection, education, opportunity and more to communities across Wicklow and Ireland. With the ASCEND initiative, we hope to give you the skills, knowledge, and support you need, to grow your Social Enterprise further. Topics include leadership, innovation, decision-making, resilience, stakeholder management, communications, marketing, finance, digital presence, legal, sales, budgeting and so much more.

This programme organised by County Wicklow Partnership on behalf of Wicklow Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) will allow for blended learning online through a ZOOM classroom until HSE restrictions are lifted. There will be bootcamps which will involve a full day of interaction. These will be highly collaborative events with a lot of group exercises and discussion. Skills workshops will be a slower paced deep dive into specific competence areas that need building with extra Q&A opportunity for additional contact time with each learner.

We will be providing ‘Build Your Website’ tips and tricks, ‘how-to’ training and a complete bespoke website for your organisation to help you convey your vision and mission to all, where no website currently exists. 

Mentoring with the content experts will also be made available so that you can address questions specific to your situation and drive your bespoke strategic action plans forward with their support. 

Creating a network within the group will be a key emphasis of the programme. You can learn from each other throughout the programme and after completion. This network will continue to sustain you as you grow your enterprises across County Wicklow.

In 2021, it’s all about video! We will work with each participant to define your ‘WHY’ through both a written and video submission for use in communications across social media and on your website. The WHY is key to the passion which drives social enterprise today.

Lastly, the programme will culminate with an engaging showcase of the collective works created to highlight the journey these Social Entrepreneurs have travelled. In the end, you will see many more challenges ahead, but know you have the tools and knowledge to continue on the expedition. This training programme is funded through the LEADER Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020 and while places are Free to participants – numbers are limited. 

County Wicklow Partnership
Project Ireland 2040
The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
Wicklow County Council
Wicklow Local Community Development Committee
Wicklow Leader