Selina Keedwell wins place on prestigious learning programme

Somerset based social entrepreneur Selina Keedwell wins place on prestigious learning programme and up to £15,000 to improve local community.

Selina Keedwell, the Artistic Director of Somerset Youth Theatre CIC, is one of 15 leaders in Somerset to have been selected for a competitive learning programme and Match Trading grant of up to £15,000.

The programme will support Selina to grow Somerset YouthTheatre CIC, which provides a safe place for young people to create, explore and find their voice, in partnership with professional Artists and organisations in the county.

Selina Keedwell has begun a four-month Accelerator learning programme with the School for Social Entrepreneurs, which supports people starting up and running social enterprises, charities, community business and environmental projects.

Somerset Youth Theatre Selina Keedwell

Selina says: “I am delighted to have been accepted onto the Somerset Social Entrepreneurs Programme, The programme, and Match Trading grant of up to £15,000 will help me grow Somerset Youth Theatre CIC so that I can support more young people, families and Artists in Somerset in 2022.”

Somerset Social Entrepreneurs Programme is led by the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) in partnership with Somerset Social Enterprise Network, SPARK, Somerset, Somerset Community Foundation and Somerset County Council. It is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund, which is managed by Somerset County Council within the Somerset region.

Dirk Rohwedder, South West Director for School for Social Entrepreneurs, says: “We are delighted to welcome Selina Keedwell onto the Accelerator programme, where they’ll learn alongside other community leaders how to build a more resilient organisation and create greater social impact for the region. We are confident Selina has the leadership qualities and motivation to increase their impact on Somerset even further, which is why we have awarded her a highly coveted place.”

As part of the programme, SSE has partnered with Somerset Social Entrepreneurs Network, SPARK Somerset, SMART communities, Somerset Community Foundation and Somerset County Council to provide free support through workshops and events until the end of June 2022. These will tackle subjects ranging from managing finances and fundraising to future planning and scaling up. They are open to all social enterprises, community businesses, charity and voluntary organisations in Somerset whether or not they’re on the programme and can be booked here:

For further information, please contact:

●  Selina Keedwell at

●  Akulah Agbami, marketing and communications lead, the School for Social Entrepreneurs:

Notes to editors

About School for Social Entrepreneurs

We can’t fix issues like poverty, climate change and ill-health alone. That’s why the School for Social Entrepreneurs exists. We help 1,000 people a year develop the skills, strengths and networks they need to tackle society’s biggest problems. We run courses that equip people to start, scale and strengthen organisations that make a positive difference. But we’re not a traditional school.