Building Stronger Foundations - Our Support Offer

Are you thinking of starting up your own organisation?

Are you part of a newly established organisation, looking to become more sustainable?

Are you part of a well-established organisation looking to diversify, strengthen and perhaps grow?

Here at Community Southwark we have the right service for your organisation, no matter where you are. Our Building Stronger Foundations Programme provides tailored support under three main categories that enable capacity and capability building; networking and sustainability.

A. Pre-start up

For those of you who are exploring the idea of starting your own organisation or have started but don't know where to go from here, we offer the Pre-Start-Up Package:

  • A specialised workshop providing you with key information on establishing the need, legal forms, the sector etc.; networking with others in the same situation; opportunities to work together and expert advice from our Development Officers.

  • A tailored questionnaire will be provided for you to fill in that will help us to tailor your support.

  • If you attend the workshop you are automatically entitled to two hours worth of free support and advice by phone, email and/or face-to-face with one of our Development Officers

B. Newly - Established

For those of you who have gotten started but need a hand progressing, for example, maybe you are running some services but need funding or have a funding offer but require a legal status, we offer the Newly-Established Package:

  • A specialised workshop providing you with key information on governance, compliance, relationships, sustainability and Unique Selling Point etc.; networking with others in the same situation; opportunities to work together and expert advice from our Development Officers.

  • A tailored questionnaire will be provided for you to fill in that will help us to tailor your support.

  • If you attend the workshop you are automatically entitled to two hours worth of free support and advice by phone, email and/or face-to-face with one of our Development Officers

  • An additional two-hours of free Evaluation & Impact support for example introducing a Theory of Change; talking through Vision, Mission & Values or looking at your monitoring forms as appropriate

C. Established

For organisations that are up and running and are looking for specific support or would like to look at diversifying income; strengethening governance structures; change management or growing for example, we off our Established Organisation Package:

  • An initial Organisational M.O.T covering the key elements of an organisation including governance, income generation, financial management and safeguarding. This will be repeated at the end of the intervention to measure distance travelled.

  • Two hours for action planning, idenitifying appropriate support and to answer any initial questions with one of our Development Officers

  • We will then work with your organisation intensively on the key issues identified according to the action plan using a mixture of free services, pro-bono support from our corporate partners, peer-support sessions, free taining sessions and paid for consultancy.

If you would like to find out more about the support available for you or have any questions, please contact us on 020 7358 7020 or development@communitysouthwark.org 

We can't wait to work with you!

 

What you think about the support we offer:

I am so grateful {Community Southwark Development Officer} was able to offer me support so quickly. Having face to face contact was incredibly important with somebody who really understood the difficulties I was having. She really helped me to think differently. It was a very enabling experience.

'Thank you for offering this service. It is very nice to have somebody to speak to other than within your own organisation. Speaking to Community Southwark always is always very helpful.'

'fantastic, free service, well worth taking the time to attend.'

'Community Southwark Development Officers have helped us and given us a very good service on different parts of project management. They are very commited to delivering services to a high quality.'

'{Community Southwark Development Officer} listened and really took time to make constructive comments and information and her suggestion of recruiting trustees to help me keep my enthusiasm and inspiration and feel supported in the process was spot on.'

'{Community Southwark Development Officers} really are brilliant, they are attentive to individual needs and provide all the support someone in my situation could need, and if they can't they signpost us onto brilliant other equally helpful services, I really would feel more alone and nervous of the task I face without the support of Community Southwark....THANK YOU!!'