March 2011

We are hoping that the first Hall Aitken newsletter of 2011 finds you all well and surviving the austerity that is now upon us. This newsletter contains some project updates and some useful guidance and tips as well as some info on how our new Indicate self-evaluation service which could benefit your organisation.

Indicate - how we can help you

Most people in the community, voluntary and public sector are now under pressure to provide more evidence of the impact of their service. Most services report on activity and outputs - things you can count that funders used to ask about. But counting doesn't show how your work changes the lives of individuals and communities. Let alone the financial value of the work organisations do.

Our Indicate(r) self evaluation support service will be just what many local authority departments and community and voluntary sector projects need. It can help them identify the changes their services create, measure them in a simple and robust fashion and then show the value of that work - in terms of outcomes.

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Changing lives. Leaving legacy.

Our support to the Way of Life Programme in Wales is allowing for projects such as Healthy together in Ceredigion to show the significant change they are making to the lives of those in the local community. The impact of the project is far reaching and seems to be incredibly positive. The children are excited about what they have achieved andwhat they're doing in the future and that's important. It definitely appears as if the project is to leave a lasting legacy in Ceredigion.

Read More about this project's achievements

Congratulations to Scotland's Social Enterprise Leader of the Year, 2011

Susan is founder and Director of Impact Arts Projects, which uses the arts and artists to bring positive changes to some of the most disadvantaged communities in Scotland. Among the programmes they run is the innovative Fab Pad which has supported more than 3000 vulnerable tenants into sustained tenancies.

Hall Aitken knows Susan as being a woman of sound judgement. Impact Arts was one of the first organisations to sign-up for our Indicate evaluation service.

Sustainability is the name of the game

Sustainability is a big issue, particularly in the current economic climate and so the myplace Support Team thought it wise to produce a workshop on the financial sustainability for myplace projects.
The workshop was held at the C-RMZ project in Halton and was a great success with around 50 people attended from projects in the North West, Yorkshire and Humber, and Stoke.

Read More about the outcomes of this workshop

Another year, another successful WOL Conference...

This year's conference was hosted by Fresh Beginnings, which is run by Valleys Kids in Tonypandy - a project supported by WOL. It was held in their fantastic renovated church, which is now a multipurpose centre featuring meeting rooms, chill-out areas and a theatre-esque area which is where the conference took place. The day kicked off with the usual welcomes and introductions and then soon got down to business with a series of fascinating presentations from a variety of expert speakers. This included a lengthy speech on evidence supporting the benefits of the healthy living programme.

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NCVO Annual Conference 2011 - Big Society/Good Society?

So what is the Big Society? Stuart Etherington outlined there were three areas:

  • Public Services;
  • Localism; and
  • Social action.

And Secretary of State for Communities and Government Eric Pickles presented firm and frank challenges to the community and voluntary sector.

Read More about the day's discussions

Potential funding cuts for health and wellbeing programme

A scheme to measure obesity in children could become a casualty of the Coalition's drive to improve public health, experts fear. From 2013 funding for the National Child Measurement Programme, which weighs children the year they enter primary school and the year they leave, pass to local authorities. But public health experts are worried that some local authorities will stop funding the scheme because they will have more pressing things to pay for.

Read More about the effects funding cuts could have to programmes and how Indicate can help you.

Final Report to Leeds LEGI

 We've just delivered the final report of our evaluation of Leeds Local Enterprise Growth Initiative (LEGI) programme 'Sharing the Success'. The programme funded 35 separate projects to help establish new and growing enterprises in communities that until now were not regarded as enterprising.

Read what they had to say about us

Procurement - don't you just love it?

Not according to anyone we have spoken to recently. Read our MD Jeremy's latest Blog on the New Start website

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