DIN 24 hour Social Innovation tour: Tackling food and furniture poverty

  • Liverpool
  • 05 July 2022 - 06 July 2022

DIN 24 hour Social Innovation tour: Tackling food and furniture poverty

DIN's approach to learning is the practical sharing of innovative and scalable solutions; through immersion in the organisations and people leading them. So, I am particularly delighted to invite you to come and join DIN’s first ‘social innovation’ study tour where we are going to showcase two brilliant innovations from their business s to operations to social impact.

These models work.  The outcomes are life changing and they are transferable across housing providers - wherever you operate.  Come and join us as we go inside and meet the leaders behind:

  • Furniture Resource Group
  • The Community Shop – social supermarkets

In just 24 hours we will supercharge your understanding and approach to what is possible to help your communities through these very challenging times by tackling food and furniture poverty.

This will include:

FRC Group is acknowledged by many business leaders to be the success story of the social enterprise movement. From its origins as a traditional, small, volunteer led furniture charity to an £18M turnover business employing 140 people. Join the visit and you will learn:

  • How they have created the conditions for ‘ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
  • How innovation is part of everyday business.
  • How Covid proved the cliché of ‘What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger’.
  • Hear how a failing business (backed by private equity) has doubled its turnover and generated the cash to fund the purchase price in a year.
  • How change happened at a local and system change level
  • And yes, how everything they do is geared to end furniture poverty

Gain an insight into the Community Shop concept and what makes this unique.

  • How does the model work and how scalable is it?
  • How the partnership developed and their perspectives on effective partnership working.
  • How Onward and Community Shop adapted the concept to provide something genuinely different that has delivered results.
  • Learn success was measured, and the lessons learnt from the process.
    How has it changed Onward's approach to innovation and community collaboration?

Because of the experiential nature of this study tour, we only have places for 16 leaders on this visit. 

If you have any questions, please do get in touch.

Read our study tour prospectus here:


Book your place here:https://forms.office.com/r/fSyj3Xatft