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Losing Control

Live project

Losing Control is an event and network bringing together change makers from all backgrounds, sectors and positions to discuss and create bottom-up and collaborative approaches to social change. The network was created by Practical Governance and the Social Change Agency and is powered by its participants.

“Losing Control will help our partner to expand their network, learn from each other, build relationships and collaborate to devolve power to local communities.”

Protecting Community Assets Inquiry

Live Project

The Protecting Community Assets Inquiry is a short defined piece of work seeking to identify practical ways to protect existing community assets in England for the long-term benefit of local communities.

The inquiry brings together a wide range of participants with direct experience of managing and supporting community assets, seeking to create a constructive review with highly practical outcomes. Practical Governance is acting as Secretariat for the inquiry.

Community Leadership

Live Project

For too long community leadership has been discussed but not addressed through practical steps and real life examples. In April 2018 a group of community leaders came together to take action, at an event facilitated by Practical Governance. The result was an online forum to give those on the front line of community based organisations a voice. The platform aims to share blog posts, comments and resources from, and for, community leaders. #frontlinetales

Designs in Mind

JUNE 2016

At a time when Designs in Mind were investing in a new retail brand, they needed help to effectively plan and ensure the whole team was aligned and fully behind what needed to be done, and the investments they would have to make. An away day and subsequent follow ups have galvanised the team around a common set of goals.

“It feels like something significant was unlocked as a result of the away-day we had with Practical Governance, and we haven’t looked back since.”

Lankelly Chase Foundation

MAY 2016

As a result of strategic changes, LCF were looking for support to refine their decision making processes. The output of a Practical Governance led workshop was a co-designed framework that would help LCF achieve its objectives, and still provide the board with sufficient strategic oversight of decisions.

“What was most valuable was to have someone objective that was able to guide us through this process carefully and sensitively, challenge appropriately and ensure we reached a collective decision.”

The Bevy

January – July 2017

Having secured a lifeline grant and operating under a new general manager, we were asked to help ensure the management committee fully understood their roles and responsibilities and that information was being shared and understood by everyone, particularly regarding the financials.

“Rather than having some consultants that only know what they’re doing in theory, Practical Governance have been there – supporting, involved in, or on the Boards of organisations like ours so they get what it’s all about.”

Power to Change

June – October 2016

As a new organisation in early stages with a first-time CEO, Power to Change experienced many ‘start-up’ challenges and needed support to operationalise their strategic plan and ensure there was clarity around staff roles, responsibilities and internal reporting.

“We really appreciated that you took the time to sit with the team and plan and test things together, building our internal capacity, giving us tools we could use, and guiding us through the harder work of actually driving through and embedding changes”

Camerados

July 2016

We worked with Camerados to bring them together as a team, refine their vision, mission and values, helped develop their early operational plans, supported them in securing funding for critical new work, refined roles and responsibilities, and reviewed internal communications and sharing of information.

“I’m excited for what the Practical Governance approach can achieve for movements like ours – they are all about the mission which is refreshing in comparison with the vast majority of consultants I have worked with!”

The Centre for Youth Impact

october 2016

We worked with a team of staff and stakeholders to explore their vision and mission, understand their key challenges, and help establish a clearer path for future development. We also started the process of establishing the Centre as an independent charity, including helping them determine how to tackle the operational implications.

“I know I can always give them a ring on pretty much anything, in scope or not. It’s helped me to feel supported through some big, challenging questions and feel much clearer and more confident about the future”.

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LITTLE GREEN PIG

February – April 2018

Practical Governance undertook a review of Little Green Pig’s organisational structure and processes, which included facilitating a whole team away day. This enabled the team to step back, explore their values, and strengthen the vision and mission of the charity.

“Practical Governance took the time to really understand us and where we are coming from. Working with them has helped us develop a strong framework to look at big decisions in the future and be clearer and more aligned about why we do what we do, and what makes us unique.”

TOYNBEE HALL

January – April 2017

Whilst the board went through a significant period of transition, we were asked to help improve the clarity of board and executive roles and responsibilities. An away day and report has helped them to strengthen working relationships built on trust.

“Without Practical Governance’s intervention and process we wouldn’t be at the point we are now. Our board is conducting its strategic business in a much more thoughtful way. We have a clear set of actions that we are fully behind as a board and executive team.”

Fordhall Farm

January – July 2017

We supported the staff team to help refine and articulate their core values, and explore exactly what they meant in practice. This has helped a growing staff and volunteer team to bond more closely with the unique mission of Fordhall Farm.

“The process helped everyone to be much clearer, not just about what they should be doing but why they are doing it. It was really lovely reading the values to our volunteers, they all agreed: ‘this is what Fordhall is to me’. It has strengthened the bond between staff, volunteers and our work.”

Designs in Mind

JUNE 2016

At a time when Designs in Mind were investing in a new retail brand, they needed help to effectively plan and ensure the whole team was aligned and fully behind what needed to be done, and the investments they would have to make. An away day and subsequent follow ups have galvanised the team around a common set of goals.

“It feels like something significant was unlocked as a result of the away-day we had with Practical Governance, and we haven’t looked back since.”

Lankelly Chase Foundation

MAY 2016

As a result of strategic changes, LCF were looking for support to refine their decision making processes. The output of a Practical Governance led workshop was a co-designed framework that would help LCF achieve its objectives, and still provide the board with sufficient strategic oversight of decisions.

“What was most valuable was to have someone objective that was able to guide us through this process carefully and sensitively, challenge appropriately and ensure we reached a collective decision.”

The Bevy

January – July 2017

Having secured a lifeline grant and operating under a new general manager, we were asked to help ensure the management committee fully understood their roles and responsibilities and that information was being shared and understood by everyone, particularly regarding the financials.

“Rather than having some consultants that only know what they’re doing in theory, Practical Governance have been there – supporting, involved in, or on the Boards of organisations like ours so they get what it’s all about.”

Power to Change

June – October 2016

As a new organisation in early stages with a first-time CEO, Power to Change experienced many ‘start-up’ challenges and needed support to operationalise their strategic plan and ensure there was clarity around staff roles, responsibilities and internal reporting.

“We really appreciated that you took the time to sit with the team and plan and test things together, building our internal capacity, giving us tools we could use, and guiding us through the harder work of actually driving through and embedding changes”

Camerados

July 2016

We worked with Camerados to bring them together as a team, refine their vision, mission and values, helped develop their early operational plans, supported them in securing funding for critical new work, refined roles and responsibilities, and reviewed internal communications and sharing of information.

“I’m excited for what the Practical Governance approach can achieve for movements like ours – they are all about the mission which is refreshing in comparison with the vast majority of consultants I have worked with!”

The Centre for Youth Impact

october 2016

We worked with a team of staff and stakeholders to explore their vision and mission, understand their key challenges, and help establish a clearer path for future development. We also started the process of establishing the Centre as an independent charity, including helping them determine how to tackle the operational implications.

“I know I can always give them a ring on pretty much anything, in scope or not. It’s helped me to feel supported through some big, challenging questions and feel much clearer and more confident about the future”.