Are you looking for a way to make your mark?

We have a bold ambition … are you in?

Society Matters is a social enterprise that’s striving for a fair society for all. We know this is a bold ambition, but why should that stand in the way of us trying to achieve it? 

It’s fair to say, though, that sometimes just knowing where to start, when there’s so much to be done, can be a real challenge. So we’re busy designing and delivering unique programmes and services for society that will help you to embed the knowledge and skills you need to be able to put the right foot forward – so you can really start to make your mark.

Why not get in touch to talk through the services we can offer you and your organisation?

… you will be in good company

We’re proud to already be working in partnership with some really amazing charities, social housing providers, local authorities, companies in utilities and financial service. So with you on our side as well we might just stand half a chance of making a difference … 

Social Welfare Learning and Development Programme

"The Society Matters training course breaks everything about Universal Credit down into detail, and is very thorough"

Clair, Gateshead Housing Company

"The thought of Universal Credit training sent shivers down my spine, however this is just the best course I have been on and I highly recommend it"

Tina, Centrepoint Homeless Charity, Bradford

"Society Matters Get to Grips with Personal Independence Training made it very easy to understand and once explained it takes away the mystery!"

Annie, Salvation Army

"The Society Matters online Universal Credit training is an absolute must for those that deal with customers who receive welfare benefits including Universal Credit"

Jackie, Northumbrian Water

Current programmes

Services for society

Here’s what we have to offer so far – there’s more to come, so if you don’t see what you need we’re all ears! Through working with Society Matters you be be able to:

Boost the social impact of your support services

Take part in our unique, quality accredited social welfare training

Deliver social value through your business

Get the CSR policy off the shelf and put it to good use with our help

Take steps on your journey towards a life well lived

Join local programmes for work experience, training and mentoring 

Secure equality and fairness in your workplace

Get access to fair and affordable employment law and tribunal services

Current programmes

Recent articles and news

Survival of the fittest? Disability benefits in practice

A high proportion of claims for Personal Independence Payments are unsuccessful. Is the claims process for this disability benefit ironically designed for the survival of the fittest?

Durham business funds community social welfare training

A family-owned funeral service that has served the local community for almost 50 years throughout East Durham is the latest business to 'pay it forward' to sponsor the Durham community sector to access vital social welfare training in partnership with Society Matters....

Society Matters cic and North East Chamber of Commerce: Perfect Partners

Society Matters cic is a proud member of the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) and we are thrilled to be highlighted in their 'Meet the Member' feature. Membership of NECC is vitally important to us as it allows us to reach out to our many fellow members and talk...

We’re now Corporate Affiliate Partners of the Institute of Employability Professionals

Society Matters cic has joined the Institute of Employability Professionals. We mobilise knowledge to make the system work for everyone so supporting the people and organisations that are focused on removing barriers to employment is a huge priority for us.

Gateshead businesses support local army veterans’ charity to deepen their impact

Gateshead businesses support local army veterans’ charity to deepen their impact Gateshead company Geek Talent has become the first to donate to a new ‘Pay it Forward’ Charity Discount Fund Scheme recently launched by Gateshead social enterprise Society Matters cic....

Your employees need you to Get Business Ready for Universal Credit …

Society Matters cic is launching its Get Business Ready for Universal Credit workshop with a free course for employers across the North East region to take place on Wednesday 12th August between 4 and 6.30 pm.

Don’t take it from us. This is what our customers have said about our Get to Grips with PIP online training course!

Our customers tell us what they think about our Get to Grips with PIP online training course in these short video messages.

6 things employers need to think about before making staff redundant

Here are the top 6 pieces of advice employment law and discrimination specialist Richard Owen would offer to employers to ensure they don’t fall foul of their legal responsibilities to their staff during these difficult times

Covid19 has infected the very foundations of our society

If you think in terms of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, we really have seen the Covid-19 virus has infected society’s absolute foundations, with people’s basic physical and security needs being thoroughly tested.

Employment Tribunals continue digitally during Covid19 pandemic

Although from our own discussions with clients it seems the general assumption is that, like the courts, the Tribunals are not operating during the pandemic, this isn’t the case

Will the pandemic help us to get a grip of Universal Credit?

Social Welfare Instructor Adam Matthews talks through the learning about Universal Credit that the pandemic has offered to Government

Why we need to make sure the system works for everyone

In this short video Director of Society Matters cic, Jayne Graham MBE, gives us a little insight into why Society Matters is playing such an important role in making the social welfare system work, and how you can get involved.

Pay It Forward Charity Discount Fund launches

Society Matters is launching a Pay It Forward Discount Fund to help community and voluntary sector organisations to access important social welfare training.

10 point checklist for employers worried about getting back-to-business

10 point checklist to help socially responsible employers to plan
getting back to business as we start to move into Covid-19 recovery.

What it means to be a ‘socially responsible corporate’

We think there doesn’t need to be much of a gap between the objectives of sound marketing strategy and a well-planned commitment to championing social value.

Northumbrian Water gives thumbs up to online UC training

Society Matters has taken its unique Universal Credit training online and Northumbrian Water is their first satisfied customer

We’re expanding to meet high demand for our services for society

Despite the outbreak of COVID-19 causing the postponement of UK-wide face to face delivery, we saw a sharp increase in demand for our specialist training in Universal Credit; so rather than be defeated we decided to step up a gear.

Mythbusting facts about Universal Credit

We get help from Citizens Advice Gateshead welfare benefits experts to put right some of the key misconceptions about Universal Credit

New Video Help Series | Personal Independence Payments (PIP)

Personal Independence Payments (also known as PIP) video help series released to help the support system to improve their knowledge

Dealing with unfair treatment at work

We asked our employment law team
about how to spot unfair treatment in the workplace and what to do about it.

WHERE NEXT? TRAINING – Gateshead | October 2019

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Accredited Learning Centre status for Gateshead social enterprise

Society Matters CIC has been awarded Approved Centre status by national accredited learning body ncfe

Society matters because …

… without it we are just survival of the fittest with no collective responsibility for individual members

Crystal Hicks

… it provides the opportunity to harness the resources of its component parts for the benefit of all.

Barry Taylor

… humans need to belong. Within a society, we can help each other to live better.

Louise Thompson

… everyone matters and should be treated equally no matter what their individual circumstances. 

Richard Owen

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