The Porcupine Collective is a Community Interest Company (CIC) which exists to level the playing field of opportunity for individuals vulnerable to poor social mobility and low academic achievement by placing greater emphasis on ‘who they are’ rather than their credentials (or absence of).
We exist for the 52% of disadvantaged youth who leave school without GCSE's in the UK, and young people who, for whatever reason, are held back from achieving their full potential through a lack of traditional qualifications or work experience.
Via a strengths-based, value-led immersive programme of empowerment and advancement we seek to discover and preserve natural strengths, values and skills and empower individuals to strive further, reach higher and dig deeper to secure the future they are worthy, capable and deserving of living.
Through one-to-one coaching methods, grounded in more than 40-years of research in positive psychology and strength science, we seek to reverse the psychology of ‘work’ by placing individuals back in charge of their choices and instilling self-belief and a connection to their own purpose, ability and potential. We give them the opportunity to change their circumstances just by maximising what they already have within them.
We believe that a person’s greatest room for growth is the area of their greatest strengths, with their character being their most valuable asset. We know, when what you love, becomes what you do, everyone in society benefits from who you are and what you have to offer. We make it our mission to transcend above deprecatory labels and perceived shortcomings to celebrate character strengths and values, and the vital role they play in society.
Our mission is to ensure young people feel worthy, valued, connected and hopeful of a secure future, regardless of their academic ability or personal background. We believe every young person has something incredible to offer this world and make it our purpose to show young people how to maximise their strengths, skills and values whilst confronting and dissolving limiting beliefs, fears and doubts.
Quite simply, we give young people the greatest chance of long-term success by letting ‘what they love become what they do’ .
"Don't ask the what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and do that...Because what the world really needs is people who have come alive!"
- Philosopher, Howard W Thurman