Discovery learning programme

The results are in. This is what inFocus, Catalyst's evaluation partner discovered about October's Discovery Learning Programme.

The cohorts


Ayup are a Leeds based digital agency working exclusively in tech for good. 

Their cohort was comprised of: 

  • Age UK
  • Blood Cancer UK
  • Citizen's Advice New Forest (CANF) ew Forest
  • Connect: North Korea
  • Kent Coast Volunteering
  • ONE20 trading as TimeBank
  • Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Totnes with Bridgetown
  • Social Enterprise Kent CIC
  • Support Through Court (formerly known as the PSU)
  • Visionary

You can find out more about their cohort, and the work developed during Discovery here. 

The Developer Society

The Developer Society (DEV) are a non-profit co-op who work exclusively with organisations on a mission to make the world a better place. They design and build web projects that make a real and tangible difference to the lives of people in need - helping non-profits use technology to reach more people, support more causes, and have more impact. 

Their cohort was comprised of: 

  • Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network
  • One Voice Blackburn
  • Community Action:MK
  • Gordon Moody Association
  • Centre for Knowledge Equity CIC
  • ACH (formerly Ashley Community Housing)
  • The Lincolnshire And Rutland Education Business Partnership (The EBP)
  • Ideal for All

You can find out more about their cohort, and the work developed during Discovery here. 

Erica Neve

Erica is a Learning Experience Strategist and Product Designer. For Discovery, she partnered with Pedram Parasmand and Sara Ramos to design and develop a digital learning journey for the cohort. 

  • Back Up Trust
  • Turner Contemporary
  • Global Link (Lancaster)
  • The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside
  • The Co-operative College
  • Work Rights Centre
  • Worcester Cathedral Education Department
  • London Bubble Theatre Ltd
  • Total Insight Theatre

Founders and Coders 

Founders and Coders is a UK-based non-profit that develops and runs tuition-free, peer-led training programmes in web development, guided by our core values of cooperation, inclusion and social impact. They were one of two digital partners to design their own discovery programme. 

  • Northampton Hope Centre
  • Beats Bus Records
  • Theodora Children's Charity
  • Contact
  • Bounceback Food CIC
  • Collage Arts
  • WellChild
  • Therapy 4 Healing
  • Second Step

Land Digital 

Land Digital is an integrated digital marketing, development and UX design agency with a passion for strategic consultancy. 

  • Age UK Oxfordshire
  • Alive Activities Ltd
  • CancerCare North Lancashire and South Cumbria
  • Aesop Arts and Society
  • Dementia Friendly Keighley (DFK)
  • Age UK East London
  • Age UK Tunbridge Wells
  • Age UK Lancashire
  • Age UK Kensington and Chelsea
  • Connected Voice


Neontribe is a digital agency working in user research, software development and design. 

  • The Kite Trust
  • The Margate Bookie
  • Intergenerational Music Making (IMM)
  • The Race Equality Centre
  • Villiers Park Educational Trust
  • darts (Doncaster Community Arts)
  • The Women's Organisation
  • The Smith-Magenis Syndrome (SMS) Foundation UK
  • Stonewall Equality Limited

Reason Digital 

For more than a decade, Reason Digital has partnered with charities and social impact organisations to combat society’s biggest issues with digital innovation.

  • Pathway Project
  • Bee Wirral CIC
  • Imara CIO
  • North East Derbyshire Citizens Advice
  • SHINE - Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus, Information, Networking, Equality
  • TLC College
  • Breakthrough UK Ltd
  • Say Aphasia
  • Southampton Citizens Advice Bureau


Reply are a team of experts in fields such as user research, service design, and in digital design and development. They work with individuals and organisations who are working to bring about social change. 

  • St Mary's Church, Holy Island
  • SLiDE Dance Ltd
  • Ashford Place
  • Bodmin Team Ministry/St Petrocs Church
  • Reconnection
  • Middle Eastern Women and Society Organisation
  • Recycling Lives
  • Max Appeal
  • CHAS Bristol
  • Mind in Haringey


SideLabs use user research and no code tools to make the world a better place. Like Founders and Coders, they developed their own bespoke Discovery process for the Discovery programme. 

  • Community Action Hampshire (trading as Action Hampshire)
  • One Walsall Ltd
  • Together for Short Lives
  • Royal Mencap Society
  • Reuse Network
  • Salford Voluntary and Community Services
  • Home-Start UK
  • Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE)
  • CASS The Carers Association
  • Voluntary Organisations’ Network North East (VONNE)

Third Sector Lab

Third Sector Lab work across digital and design for charities, social enterprises, community groups and the public sector. They build websites and help charities develop digital strategies. 

  • Manchester Refugee Support Network
  • Skills 4 You
  • Caxton Youth Organisation
  • The Matthew Project
  • London Arts in Health Forum
  • Citizens of the World Choir
  • Aspens Charities
  • Face Front Inclusive Theatre
  • Refugee Women Connect

We Are Open 

We Are Open are a cooperative of technologists, educators and philanthropists working in tech for good. 

  • Charlton Athletic Community Trust
  • Enterprising Youth C.I.C
  • Project Space Leeds - T/A The Tetley
  • Youth Focus North East
  • Lancashire Association of Boys and Girls Clubs
  • End Youth Homelessness
  • Council for Learning Outside the Classroom
  • Centre for Fun and Families Ltd
  • African French Speaking Community Support

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