Partner with us

Why partner with Tree Shepherd?

We work with partners across London to deliver tailored enterprise programmes which enrich the lives of participants and stimulate business growth and community cohesion. Our partners value our innovative approach, unique insights into community issues and professionalism in delivering high-performing programmes.

Whether you are a business looking to deliver on CSR, a local authority interested in improving community cohesion, or a housing association looking to support your residents, we can help. Find out below how we can work with you today.

Local authorities

Carers 4 carers groupWe work with local authorities to deliver business training, business clinics, mentoring and advise on community integration in local development.

Why partner with us?

Tree Shepherd is a trusted, established social enterprise which fosters meaningful relationships with residents borough-wide and delivers results. Our approach is based on understanding residents’ needs, and patiently supporting them.

In order that local authorities are better able to reach their social objectives, a package of support for start-ups that is sensitive to community ability and need is essential.  Even from school age, local authority provision continues to focus on the ‘journey to jobs’ without including the entrepreneur option.

It is clear from our social impact reporting that we are bringing about positive, meaningful change in the lives of borough residents.  Through our intervention, entrepreneurialism is enabled, meaningful employment for local people is triggered and employability skills are raised.

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Housing associations

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Sponsorship and mentoring opportunities
Corporate responsibility opportunity 

Mentor matchingThere are several ways in which private companies can develop their CR programme and meet their targets by supporting Tree Shepherd. The social outputs already achieved by Tree Shepherd can be improved on with the expertise, investment and philanthropy offered by corporate organisations. This is of particular appeal to those companies who are keen to be involved in enterprise, employment and employability projects. CR opportunities include:

  • employee engagement with an enterprise mentoring programme
  • employee delivery of training packages in areas such as marketing, finance and commerce
  • professional secondment opportunities in new businesses
  •  hosting and panelling at network events and start-up presentations.

Greater opportunities are also presented for private companies who are seeking to be the main benefactors for new enterprise support programmes that target other socially deprived areas around London.

Sponsorship opportunity

Through use of a sponsor’s logo in all communications, promotion of partnership working, attendance and key note addresses at public events, Tree Shepherd can offer a number of benefits:

  • increased visibility and access to a rapidly growing south London business network
  • increased branding recognition
  • kudos associated with supporting a social enterprise that is well-connected with the London-wide business community
  • partner access to marketing and PR events 

marquee good general shotTree Shepherd provides universities with a wealth of opportunity for engagement. A number are listed below:

  • volunteer opportunities for students
  • commercial work experience placements either at Tree Shepherd HQ or with a small start-up enterprise
  • volunteer mentor opportunities for staff and students
  • live case studies of businesses that are growing in London’s deprived communities which are a very useful tool for study and research around social change
  • a ready enterprise network that students can associate with.

Due to our work with such a large group of entrepreneurial people from London’s inner city communities, universities are able to partner with us, understand more about the dynamics of the 21st Century labour market and how it impacts on people.

Tree Shepherd Alumni

Tulse Hill LadiesWe are looking to grow a new type of of entrepreneur whose heart is in their home community and who recognise that their growth and success has been achieved through collaboration and co-operation.

In the months ahead we envisage that many will develop profitable businesses and will want to support the Tree Shepherd initiative and contribute to the growth of other fledgling enterprises in their area. We envisage this will take three forms:-

  • Investment in new local start-ups
  • Mentoring
  • Donations to the Tree Shepherd programme