Unlimited Potential

Unlimited Potential is a democratically-controlled social enterprise that specialises in social innovation for happiness and health.

Email: chris.dabbs@unlimitedpotential.org.uk

Address: Greater Manchester, UK

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About our organisation

We are a community benefit society whose objectives are:

• To support people to lead happier and healthier lives.

• To help people who want to develop their skills and abilities to fulfil their potential.

• To be a happy and healthy enterprise that has the best possible impact for people and for a sustainable world.

First established in 2002, Unlimited Potential was the first organisation in northern England to gain the national Social Enterprise Mark and holds the Investors in People standard and the Fair Tax Mark. It is an accredited Living Wage Employer, and holds both Disability Confident Leader status and Simplyhealth’s Healthy Workplace Award. It won awards at the national Living Wage Champion Awards in 2018 and 2019. The Society won the Innovation Award in the Greater Manchester Health and Care Champion Awards 2018. It won Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s Innovation Award 2011 and the Innovation Award in the Salford Business Awards 2012 and 2015. Unlimited Potential has run innovative projects and services for 15 years to address some of the most challenging social and economic issues, drawing on local people’s strengths.

The change we want to see


“Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine.” (attributed to Alan Turing) We are in a place where inequality is the highest since the mid-19th century. Current mainstream approaches are failing many people, denying them many opportunities, and creating social and economic division. We need new solutions, many of which need to be created with local people and communities. As a community benefit society, we are inspired by the tradition of change and the sense of community creating power. This means people challenging the status quo and accepted practices, and being prepared to act and place themselves at risk. We are challenged by the extent of changes created by others in the past, while recognising that even radical movements can still be conservative and exclude certain groups. We want to see change in the distribution of power and wealth for a just society, an inclusive economy and a healthy environment. We want to be good predecessors for generations yet to come.