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Who we are

The work of the Harrison Centre for Social Mobility is inspired by the growth of practical philanthropy during the Industrial Revolution.

Now the centre works in areas that our founder, Sir David Harrison, believes can make a real difference to social mobility. They include education, training and skills.

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Our vision is to be innovative, pioneering and a disruptive influence, constantly in search of new and better ways to solve entrenched problems of social mobility.


Five years of offering support and guidance to improve the employability prospects of children and young people.


Over 2,000 young people benefit from using our Centres each year.

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Over £6m has been invested into education and training since 2017.


We now have 6 Harrison Centres around the world.

Creating success

Back in the Game programme.

Participant A engaged in Back in the Game having just been made redundant after having worked for 30 years in the same industry. The redundancy left participant A feeling considerably lost, struggling with the concept of being out of work and really lacking in confidence as to how to find new employment.

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Back on Track programme

Participant B completed the Back on Track programme from September 2019 to July 2020. As part of the programme, the participant completed five different qualifications including a Level 2 certificate in Personal and Social Development and a GCSE in Maths.

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Back on Track programme

Participant C joined the Back on Track programme at Stanley in September 2019 and remained with the course until July 2020, successfully completing six qualifications.

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Philanthropy is involved with basic innovations that transform society, not simply maintaining the status quo.

Our founder

Sir David Harrison is one of the North of England’s leading entrepreneurs and has over 40 years experience in business.

Sir David is currently Chairman of Newcastle-based financial services group True Potential LLP, one of the UK’s fastest growing financial technology firms.

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Latest news

Footy tournament nets £3,000 to help Newcastle United Foundation reach its true potential

The Newcastle United Foundation has received a £3,000 boost after a charity football tournament achieved its goal of supporting young...

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VIP visit as building work on Harrison Centre Antigua nears completion

Building work on the new Harrison Centre for Social Mobility in Antigua is entering its final phase and founder Sir...

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Improve your financial knowledge for free

With rising prices in the shops, interest rates going up and inflation at the highest it has been for decades,...

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MP welcomes new Harrison Centre in Blyth

Blyth Valley MP Ian Levy has welcomed backing from the Harrison Foundation to support a new science and technology lab...

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Harrison Centre Antigua appears on ABS TV

Construction work on the new Harrison Centre Antigua and Barbuda Institute for Continuing Education is nearing completion. The multi-million project...

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Blyth school children on the right track with Harrison Centre funding

A school in Blyth that works with children who have special educational needs and disabilities has received a grant from...

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