Clients & Projects
Support, advice and training to ensure efficient service and sustainability.
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 – Ongoing projects
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COVID-19 Community Engagement & Peer Research Project in Bedford
November 2021 – ongoing
Commissioned by Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council, we are working in partnership with NatCen to carry out a piece of engagement and research with people disproportionately affected by COVID-19 in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire. The purpose is to understand how they have been impacted by COVID, gain a better understanding of why this may have taken place and co-develop solutions to those issues. A key element is to ensure that the voice of communities is heard by involving them in the research and recruiting and training people from the communities most affected as peer researchers.
April 2020 – ongoing
We continue to support the Noel Park Big Local Partnership. The focus of our support has been largely around assisting the Partnership in strategic conversations with Haringey Council around developing their legacy of a community run and owned community asset in the Big Local area. Support has also included support with engaging landscape architects to consult and develop plans for the improvement of a local park in partnership with the Council.
Lewisham Homes are delivering 450 new homes as part of its regeneration of Achilles Street. Paul was appointed by the Resident Steering Group as the Independent Chair. In this role he supports the steering group meetings and ensures the residents have a voice in their discussions with Lewisham Homes and influence the regeneration to ensure it is responsive to the needs of local residents.
June 2021 – March 2022
We recruited and brought together a diverse, dedicated and knowledgeable group of local residents to help shape the development of a new neighbourhood within the St Ann’s community of South Tottenham.
This involved the formation of two groups – a ‘Design Forum’ and an ‘Interim Uses Working Group’ chosen by a selection panel of local and trusted leaders.
The Design Forum’s purpose is to work closely with the design team on some aspects of the development plan and the Interim Uses Working Group’s purpose is to develop an interim uses strategy and plan with the housing association.
The work of the Interim Uses Working Group resulted in the delivery of the Peace and Wellness Festival event in summer. This event was held on the development site and welcomed more than 300 local people on the day who were interviewed to gather information relating to the development of the New Neighbourhood.
Strategic Review of Estate Management and Community Development Services – South Dublin County Council
Sep 21-Feb 22
We worked with Campbell Tickell on a strategic review of Estate Management and Community Development Services for South Dublin County Council.
The work involved reviewing their community development needs, and considering existing assets, resources, and provisions to support the identification of the areas where investments of time and money could make the greatest positive impact.
We also assessed the strengths and weaknesses of their current approach and facilitated focus groups with senior staff, operational managers, staff teams and other stakeholders. This resulted in a proposed new community development and estate management service model.
July 2019 – ongoing
Working alongside Sian Penner Associates, 2021 has marked the second year of working with young people, the GLA and community sports organisations to explore and test different approaches to making a positive difference to young people at risk through sports.
This saw the formation of the SYV Subgroup and the voting in of two co-chairs Navjeet Sira and David Okunade (young person) to co-facilitate the workshops and oversee the work of the sub group.
The Subgroup has played an active role in developing the pilot projects and feeding the work back to the larger Steering Group for review and agreement. There will be more intensive work on the pilot projects being rolled out at the end of this year and in to 2022.
May 2017 – ongoing
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. Visit their website for more information about the initiative and the estate generally.
March 2021 – November 2021
Recruited residents to a Community Liaison Group, independently facilitated and supported the development of the group. Also coordinated engagement workshops, street interviews and conversations with local residents and other stakeholders in Tendring and Colchester to feed into the vision for the masterplan.
January 2020 – April 2021
We continued our support at Avenues around evaluation and assessing impact. This includes supporting the development of an organisational Theory of Change.
Avenues Youth Project is a youth club based in Westminster, delivering extensive opportunities to young people in the area, from cooking, football and music making, to arts and crafts. We have supported Avenues to streamline their monitoring and evaluation.
RBKC Food Insecurity Workshop
Alongside Kim Donahue Consulting, we facilitated a workshop hosted by Royal Borough Kensington & Chelsea Council (RBKC) and attended by voluntary and community sector staff and volunteers on food insecurity in January 2021. This session developed a vision, drivers and outcomes for tackling food insecurity in RBKC. This led to a follow up workshop in September 2020 to look at how organisations could work together in partnership, what a food partnership could deliver and how to collaboratively develop and operate a highly effective food partnership in Kensington and Chelsea.
We also worked with Campbell Tickell for RBKC, who are developing a new nursery, children’s centre and homes for social rent at Cheyne. We provided independent advice and facilitation of the consultation process.
Community Development Training
We were invited by WSA Community Consultants to deliver training on Understanding Community Development for practitioners across the country. The training covered a range of aspects of community development including; what community development is, values, principles, exploring what successful community development looks like and how can we build on community strengths, assets and needs.
Earl’s Court Regeneration
June 2021 – September 2021
A number of our projects in 2021 involved carrying out community research and engagement. To ensure we provided a high standard of research, a group of 12 young community researchers were trained and paid to support projects.
The team of researchers engaged more than 350 locals attending the Under Belly festival to assess the social impact these events had on local residents. The survey, developed by RealWorth also focused on finding out people’s views, ideas and suggestions for the Earl’s Court regeneration site.
The Francis Crick Institute
Sep 21-Dec 21
We worked with WSA Community Consultants to assist with the facilitation of workshops with local people for the Francis Crick Institute.
The workshops focused on creating a safe space for participants to reflect about COVID, what they have lost, gained and advice they would have given themselves knowing what we know now. The workshops also involved participants writing postcards to themselves from their future selves that formed part of an exhibition in the Institute.
August 2020 – June 2021
Supported developing the Brent Community Land Trust which included writing policies, supporting the development of the website, recruiting and engaging a Community Panel and providing advice and support to the Brent CLT Board.
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.
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
Working as an Associate for Campbell Tickell, we supported Churchill Garden’s Resident Association (RA) in strengthening their residents’ association and the running of their Tenants Hall in Pimlico, Central London.
We helped the RA with their governance, supporting them to set up a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) and financial systems. This led to the development of a new business plan for the use of the RA and will help guide the RA strategically, organisationally and financially, over the next four years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 2017 – November 2017
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.
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 opposite.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
Mapping of Local Groups & Business.
Quadrant Gardening Club