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.Find out more
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.
Over £6m has been invested into education and training since 2017.
We now have 6 Harrison Centres around the world.
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.Read full story
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.Read full story
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.Read full story
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.Read more about Sir David
St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle demonstrated its exciting expansion plans, new patient technology and community impact during a visit by...Read more
Thanks a Million!
Charities around the UK and overseas have benefitted from £1 million of donations from the Harrison Foundation in 2023. Alongside...Read more
Opening the Harrison Centre Antigua And Barbuda
This Harrison Centre School of Continuing Education in Antigua and Barbuda has been officially opened. The multi-million pound new building...Read more
Harrison Prize 2023
Students from the Harrison Centre for Social Mobility in Sunderland took centre stage this week and showed off their entrepreneurial...Read more
Harrison Centre paves the way for a Pay Day
This week our trustee Daniel Harrison spoke to David Little, a former student at the Harrison Centre for Social Mobility...Read more