The Lens - Changing Perspectives

Shared Programme

In addition to the Lens Programme which is aimed at larger organisations we also offer the Shared Programme. With support from William Grant Foundation this allows smaller organisations the ability to take part in our innovative approach to developing intrapreneurs in collaboration with other like-minded organisations. Below you will find the current Partners for our Shared Programme as well as more information on how to register your interest for future Shared Programmes.

Alcohol & Drugs Action

Rooted in the North East of Scotland, Alcohol & Drugs Action is a registered charity which has developed effective services in response to emerging local substance use issues over the past 30 years. The charity exists to reduce harms associated with alcohol and drugs and to provide support to help people recover.  Services, delivered across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire include support for children affected by parental issues, 7 day a week open access advice & information services and recovery services for people with entrenched problems which are delivered as part of integrated services locally.

“Alcohol & Drugs Action is a charity which has grown over the past 30 years according to local needs.  Our staff are our greatest asset and they are uniquely placed to see gaps in provision and new ways of delivering support which will allow us to have a greater positive impact on people’s lives. I hope that by joining in the Lens programme, the ADA team will have access to extra support and knowledge to turn their ideas and aspirations into new and exciting service developments which will help our local communities.” 

Luan Grugeon, CEO

Beatson Cancer Charity

Beatson Cancer Charity is determined to beat cancer and is committed to securing significant funding to support and enhance the treatment, care and wellbeing of current, former and future cancer patients and their families.

There are three main functions of the charity: fundraising & communications, patient & family support and funding.

"As a young organisation with a dynamic, enthusiastic team of staff and volunteers behind it this partnership will encourage innovation and develop intrapreneurship.  Team Beatson show regularly that they have exciting ideas and with the support from The Lens and working alongside their colleagues these ideas will grow and develop into amazing tangible projects that will better Beatson Cancer Charity. I am excited to see what initiatives are born from the partnership and looking forward to seeing ideas come to life."

David Welch, CEO

CLAN Cancer Support

CLAN Cancer Support is an independent charity which provides emotional and practical support and information, free of charge, for anyone, of any age, affected by any type of cancer. CLAN aims to support people to reduce anxiety, stress and to increase their ability to cope with the effects of a serious illness. Based in Aberdeen, the charity covers the whole of north-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland. CLAN has a presence in Ballater, Banchory, Buckie, Elgin, Inverurie, Fraserburgh, Lossiemouth, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Turriff, Kirkwall and Lerwick.

“I am delighted that CLAN Cancer Support has the opportunity to participate in The Lens. The challenging economic climate in north-east Scotland has had an impact on charitable donations for all charities but has also opened up new opportunities to generate income, and to work creatively with local businesses to support CSR in a downturn.

As we seek to understand the new ‘norm’, innovation and entrepreneurship will be fundamentally important as we seek to develop new income streams and service offerings. Involvement in The Lens presents an opportunity to do this with the support of business leaders and partner charities.”

Dr Colette Backwell, CEO


Includem is a specialist Scottish charity which was founded in 2000 to provide support for vulnerable young people. Our starting point is a simple one – we believe in young people. Through our personalised, one to one relationship based support we work with young people and their families to overcome entrenched challenges so they can go on to live fulfilling lives.

“As an organisation we have continually sought to evaluate and improve our work in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for young people. Working with The Lens presents an exciting opportunity to further explore our capacity as a charity. Partnering alongside the other Shared Programme charities will also be a great way to recognise and share the wealth of experience and knowledge all of our staff hold, helping to unlock potential to further innovate Includem”.

Angela Morgan, CEO

William Grant Foundation - Funding Partner

As a family-owned business founded in 1887, William Grant & Sons has always taken a long-term view to support its people, its communities and its business. The company has given to a wide range of non-profit and charitable organisations and projects across Scotland and remains committed to donating 1% of pre-tax profits each year to charitable causes.

Our family shareholders established the William Grant Foundation in 2014 as a non-profit association to oversee and direct our donations. The William Grant Foundation is committed to a future where everyone in Scotland has the opportunity to thrive, a belief that is deeply rooted in the core values shared by the family and the company.

The Foundation aims to:

  • Ensure greater opportunities for those who are disadvantaged
  • Strengthen the local communities in which the company operates 
  • Improve Scotland’s natural and built environment
  • Sustain the unique culture and heritage of Scotland

Register your interest to join the next Shared Programme

To be eligible you should be a registered charity and committed to sustained business innovation. You must be willing to work in partnership with The Lens and the other charity partners. It is crucial that you demonstrate your commitment to engaging your intrapreneurs.

If you feel you meet the criteria and want to become more intrapreneurial please contact Get in Touch for more details.


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