Six Degrees spun out of the NHS in 2011; forming as a Community Interest Company to provide mental health services to the people of Salford.
Since a small group of brave, bold and bright-eyed NHS professionals stepped into the unknown world of social enterprise, we have built a 40-strong team to provide services to thousands of people across our city, with a turnover that exceeds £1million. Proving a social enterprise can work hand in hand with NHS services.
Being a social enterprise in Salford means we have the freedom to push boundaries and invest in new initiatives. We have developed a new way of delivering group-based psychological therapy called the Take Control Course and have secured funding from Innovate UK and the Big Lottery Fund to support carers of people with dementia. Our award winning Suicide Bereavement Service has also been commissioned across Greater Manchester.
Being a social enterprise in Salford allows us to work with partners in the sector to create better services for people with mental health conditions in the city. We have developed new Polish and Jewish services and we use the resources we generate from our trading surplus to support local charities including the Women’s Centre.