We have had successful experiences both in the UK and abroad in developing the capacity of organisations and projects through practical support, advice and training to ensure they deliver a more efficient service and are sustainable. Please follow links below to see a list of clients and projects we have worked with.
Clients in the UK
Supporting the Achilles Road Estate Steering Group in meetings
Supporting Noel Park Big Local during the current Coronavirus situation. This includes mapping of provision in the local area and assisting the Big Local to deliver support.
Carrying out conversations with local residents and other stakeholders in Cowley Hill Ward in Hertsmere. This feeds into a Community Summit to agree and action shared priorities.
Supporting the team at Avenues around evaluation and assessing impact. This includes supporting the development of an organisational Theory of Change.
Facilitating workshops for the newly formed Sport and Serious Youth Violence Steering Group (including organisations and young people). This also includes training and supporting a number of young people to be co-facilitators in the sessions. The co-facilitators created an excellent summary of the work thus far (below and also available here).
Following initial facilitation of key stakeholder discussions and a summit in 2017 to develop a shared approach for CB1 development in Cambridge, we support the CB1 Community initiative on the CB1 Estate through community engagement work. Community Engagement and Project Coordinator Sam Kenward appointed in July 2018 to be based 3 days a week on the estate to work with residents, businesses and partners to further improve CB1 as a place to live, work and play. For more information about the initiative and the estate generally, please go to the CB1 Community website (hyperlink above).
Big Local Rep for Wormley and Turnford, the Barnfield Estate in Greenwich, Farley Hill in Luton and Elthorne.
We have worked with BANG over time on different projects and areas such as business planning. BANG are a Brent based charity that supports young people and families to build confidence, self-esteem and skills through a range of activities/programmes.
February 2020-June 2020
Working with residents at the Achilles Road Estate in Lewisham on building capacity; around communication, development terminology, social value and developing Terms of Reference for a new Steering Group
February 2020-May 2020
Working Civic London Architects on a feasibility study of a new Community Hub in Sompting, West Sussex.
October 2019-March 2020
Worked in a team on an action research project aimed at informing Together (an alliance of youth homelessness charities and housing associations working with young people who are experiencing homelessness, or who are at risk of homelessness in London) understand how to make better use of their collective assets (homes, support, funding and expertise) and create better pathways for young people into stable accommodation. The research consisted of a desktop review of previous research on youth homelessness, interviews with young people, carried out by trained peer researchers, workshops with front line staff and with the alliance, and an on-line asset mapping exercise.
Big Local Youth Violence Summit – Birmingham
30th November 2019
Working in partnership with Sian Penner Associates to plan and deliver a second summit for Big Local areas on Serious Youth Violence. This was held in Birmingham on 30th November 2019 and was co-produced and co-facilitated by young people.
April 2019-November 2019
April 2019-October 2019
Working with RCKa architects and the team at Clitterhouse Farm Project to produce a business plan.
August 2019-October 2019
Supporting on income generation for community spaces.
June 2019-September 2019
Helping to engage and recruit residents to join the Housing Association Board.
Big Local Youth Violence Summit – London
Working in partnership with Sian Penner Associates to plan and deliver a summit for Big Local areas on Serious Youth Violence. This was held in London on 13th July 2019 and was well attended with representatives from 14 different Big Local areas. The day included mapping of their different areas, the issues in those areas and the actions being taken. There was also a Q&A with a panel of experts and some discussion on what areas can do to further address these issues. Read more about our work on serious youth violence here.
Community Engagement Advisor on Youth Violence to Greater London Authority (GLA)
June 2018-June 2019
Support ways to strengthen the GLA’s approach to community engagement on Serious Youth Violence. Read more about our work on serious youth violence here.
March 2019-May 2019
Working with Bountagu Big Local to develop a Big Local Plan for approval from the partnership. This involved drafting a Community Profile, conducting research within the community and producing a budget as part of the Plan. This work was done in partnership with Sian Penner Associates.
Optivo Housing Association and North Preston Hub Steering Group
November 2018-May 2019
Working with Optivo and the local steering group to develop a feasibility study of a new community Hub in Faversham, Kent. This included conducting community research and desktop research for the business plan and drafting a business plan with an action plan of next steps. We worked alongside RCKa Architects who developed designs for the Hub.
Big Local Learning Cluster on Youth Exploitation & Violence
August 2018-March 2019
Working to deliver a Learning Cluster to 16 Big Local areas affected by youth violence and exploitation through four workshop events that included speakers, sharing good practise and learning as well as reflecting on challenges and initiatives across Big Local. Read more about our work on serious youth violence here.
May 2018-April 2019
Community research Project – working as an associate of Campbell Tickell, we supported the strengthening of Curo’s community engagement in Foxhill in Bath.
Grahame Park Theory of Change Evaluation
May 2018-March 2019
Working with Notting Hill Genesis on the evaluation of a neighbourhood approach to a Theory of Change (ToC) that has been developed in Grahame Park. As part of the evaluation, we talked to local residents and a range of stakeholders to see what changes they have experienced in the area since the ToC over the past year. We worked on this project in partnership with WSA Consultants.
Lambeth and Southwark Housing Association
June 2018-January 2019
Working with Lambeth and Southwark Housing Association in developing a Community Investment Strategy for 2018-21 by engaging with various stakeholders in the local area and training residents as community researchers. The aim of this work was to strengthen LSHA’s community engagement and enhance tenants’ involvement. You can read about the work in LSHA’s January newsletter here.
Working with Mobilise in West Hendon to develop a Neighbourhood Investment Strategy. As part of this, we trained community researchers to conduct the research which informed the strategy. For more information on this, please look at our Community Research case studies.
Arhag Housing Association
December 2017-September 2018
Assisting the in the creation of a Community Hub for migrants and refugees with Campbell Tickell.
Chalkhill Community Centre
June 2017-June 2018
Providing consultancy support to the centre to review current organisational systems, recruit trustees and provide support on a new lease.
May 2017-March 2018
Built Environment Expert (BEE) – providing Community & Economic development support to communities, local authorities and developers involved in built environment projects.
June 2017-August 2017
Working with WSA Community Consultants, Grahame Park residents and stakeholders to develop and implement a Theory of Change for Grahame Park neighbourhood. You can see more about this in the video below:
June 2017-September 2017
Carrying out community research and collating information to create a business plan for the Jain Centre’s community facilities in their new building in Colindale, North London
November 2013 – May 2017
Desk and community research to develop a feasibility study for a new community hub in Factory Quarter, Hammersmith & Fulham.
September 2014-May 2017
Interim Organisational Development & Business Plan
December 2016-April 2017
Developing and Facilitating Colindale Consortium
Neighbourhood Planning – Renaisi
September 2016-April 2017
Supporting a group in Ponders End to take up Neighbourhood Planning as a means to influence the future development and regeneration of their areas. The project was commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
November 2016-April 2017
Facilitating three coastal communities through their CED programme, designed for local community groups and organisations who want to take a lead in shaping their economies for the benefit of local communities. This is in partnership with New Economics Foundation, Locality, Community Development Foundation and the Community Development Finance Association.
February 2016-March 2016
Working as part of Campbell Tickell for a consultation of residents, partners and graffiti writers to explore avenues for development.
The Hall of Fame recently opened and more can be read here. The progress of the project thus far can be viewed below:
August 2016-March 2017
Community Research Training for users as researchers
NHS Patient Voice Training
November 2016-January 2017
Working as associate of Just Ideas and WSA Community to design and deliver a face to face interactive training programme for Patients Voice volunteers in London
October 2015-January 2017
We worked with Cobweb Consulting to consult Traveller and Gypsy residents and local partners about housing needs within Waltham Forest.
April 2015-September 2016
Woodberry Down Mapping and Action Plan facilitation
June 2015-September 2016
Facilitation between residents and A2D to improve working relationships and develop a collaborative approach to improving the neighborhood.
March 2016-June 2016
Training for residents on diversity and conflict management
December 2015-June 2016
An organisational review to inform a stakeholders’ discussion about the future of the organisation
November 2015-June 2016
Support urban communities take up Neighbourhood Planning as a means to influence the future development and regeneration of their areas. The project was commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
Research into the experience of Southern Housing Residents who are in low paid or part time work and how Southern Housing can work to support them.
January 2015-April 2016
Community Research Training for users as researchers for neighbourhood planning
May 2015-April 2016
Working as part of Community Collective for an assessment of community centers held by Hyde to explore potential other usage.
July 2015-April 2016
Working in three London Boroughs to support the development of a ‘Community Voice’ as part of a multi-agency approach to reduce group and gang violence in London.
September 2015 – April 2016
Supporting two small community groups with developing action plans to improve their neighbourhood and plan for their future.
June 2015-April 2016
Supporting the development of Tree Community Centre Business Plan
July 2015-April 2016
Facilitating Innovative Vision through their CED programme, designed for local community groups and organisations who want to take a lead in shaping their economies for the benefit of local communities. This is in partnership with New Economics Foundation, Locality, Community Development Foundation and the Community Development Finance Association.
October 2015-November 2015
Planning and delivery of training on ‘Equality and Diversity’ and ‘Involving Everyone’ for residents
February 2015-August 2015
Facilitation of meetings of Parish Councillors to build consensus and progress the Neighbourhood Plan
May 2015-July 2015
Development of Phoenix Place Community Hub Business Plan
April 2015-June 2015
Research on Innovative Approaches to Customer Involvement
February 2015-April 2015
Develop and deliver training in Governance
February 2015-April 2015
Evaluation of Community Fund with WSA Community Consultants
September 2014-January 2015
February 2014-April 2015
Developing and Managing a Community Research Project
February 2014-May 2014
Review of Community Development Strategy & Interim Community Development Support
February 2014-March 2014
Business Planning for New Community Centre
November 2013-March 2014
Developing application process for Circle Anglia Foundation
November 2013-December 2013
Grahame Park – Capacity building small groups
July 2013-December 2013
HNCC – Business plan
July 2013-September 2013
SPCA – Business plan
Target HR – project evaluation
External Funding Opportunities – The research was to investigate opportunities for attracting additional external funding.
Childcare Research – The research was to establish the degree to which childcare is a barrier to employment, and practical ways SHG can support residents to overcome the barrier.
Organisational Review & Development Plan
Business Plan; Bolney Meadow Community Centre
Workshop Facilitation; London Partnership Development Meeting
Scoping Exercise and Stakeholder Engagement; Harlesden Community Garden
Interim Community Centre Director
Community Centres; Bulk Buying Initiative
Grahame Park Community & Economic Development Strategy
Facilitation of Focus Groups for Community Fund Review
Employment and Social Regeneration Review and Forward Planning
January 2011-December 2011
Evaluation of support programme for neighbourhood planning which is part of CLG’s ‘Supporting Communities and Neighbourhoods in Planning’ programme.
Woodberry Down Community & Economic Development Framework
January 2011-December 2011
Support & Facilitation of the Partnership to Coordinate Delivery
Priory Court Big Local Trust
Partnership Facilitation and Development
Development of Staff Pack on Monitoring, Impact Assessment & Quality Assurance
Evaluation of Family Support Project
Priory Court Big Local Trust
Mapping of Local Groups & Business
Scoping & Needs Assessment of Residents in Islington
Quadrant Gardening Club
Evaluation of Community & Economic Development Activities
Woodberry Down Community & Economic Development Strategy
St Pancras Community Association Business Plan
Grahame Park Community Centre Pre Business Plan
Facilitation of Annual Conference
Financial Inclusion Research
Training for Users in Committee Skills
Training Users In Evidencing Outcomes
Development & Implementation of an Impact Assessment Toolkit
Evidencing Outcomes Training
Christian Action Housing Association
Establishing a Social Enterprise to Deliver Estate Services