Social enterprise initiatives

Social enterprise initiatives

A social enterprise is a business that trades for a social and/or environmental purpose, with a clear sense of what difference it’s trying to make.
We aim to share our knowledge, expertise and resources with a range of public, private and voluntary organisations through the development of social enterprise.

Kingston and St George’s research often informs our social enterprise, with a number of successful enterprises going on to become self-sustaining and win awards in their chosen fields.

We consider this a mark of the quality of our research and relationship building, with a range of collaborative partnerships including:


Examples of our current enterprise projects include:

Bridges: Stroke self-management
Bridges is a stroke self-management programme which aims to find better ways of supporting people in the longer term after stroke.
Bridges trains health and social care teams to integrate self-management support into their practice, and to work in a different way which enables active patient self-management and facilitates new ways of working within health and social care teams.The programme was developed by Dr Fiona Jones (Reader in Rehabilitation) at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London.Read more about the added value of Bridges training and how it can help your business.Alternatively, you can find out more by visiting


Heritage2Health is a coordinated approach to shared learning and understanding between health, social care, the creative industries, heritage and countryside sector.

It stages ‘challenge events’ at heritage sites across the UK, aimed at supporting the wellbeing of people who may feel socially isolated or excluded because of a disability or health condition, or the demands of caring for others.

The concept evolved from collaboration between Kingston and St George’s and the WestFocus health network.

If you wish to learn more about your business taking part in Heritage2Health activities, you can contact the team by emailing:

Alternatively, you can find out more by visiting

Cultural Awareness for Minority Elders (Ca-Me)

The Ca-Me project aims to develop more culturally sensitive service provision in the health and social care sector, in response to the growing number of elderly people from ethnic minority communities living in Europe. The goal is to ensure that equality and excellence of service is delivered to all.

The project facilitates contact between teachers and trainers involved in vocational training in health and social care in the partner countries. The aim is to bring them together to share good practice and develop the training tools and materials to ensure the practice is relevant to the different situations and experiences.

Ca-Me target groups are colleges, vocational training schools, organisations and health and care institutions in Europe. The target sector is health and social care providers, like nursing homes, home-service offices, day-centres and hospitals. The final users are students and employees in the health, nursing and care sector in Europe.

Kingston and St George’s is a joint partner with eight other facilities across Europe.

If you wish to learn more about how your business can become involved with Ca-Me, contact the team by emailing:

Alternatively, you can find out more at