Services for Community Sector

We help raise the professional capacity of your voluntary and community organisation, charity or social enterprise by developing the skills of your leaders, managers, staff and volunteers. You can also benefit from our bid writing expertise to achieve greater success in accessing funds to support vital services and to grow your business.


Planning

WP can assist in developing your ideas to fit a variety of requirements. We will work with you to help develop your activity plans for the next 3-5 years to help identify appropriate short, medium and long term funding opportunities. This will include the following:

Further training and support can be provided for project development / management across a wide audience. We can also help you with hosting workshops, focus groups and one-to-one interviews to gain business feedback.


Our leading to succeed workshops have been designed specifically for organisations that need additional support to motivate, manage and lead their teams and ensure performance and business success. These workshops provide an insight into how to lead as well as practical tips on how to organise and motivate your staff to excel. It is designed to improve the knowledge, skills and confidence of those responsible for leading and building teams. People who successfully take the course and apply their knowledge ensure increased productivity and customer and staff satisfaction levels.

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Improving Service Delivery

Securing long-term revenue to cover service delivery and core costs demands greater professionalisation of the community and voluntary sector. You may be seeking to achieve a more strategic approach to providing services that will attract service contracts for your organisation rather than through one-off funded project activities.

Many community organisations are seeking to widen their service provision to support their clients. To that end, we offer consultancy assistance to help you secure a more sustainable route to extending or enhancing core provision.

Our consultancy and workshop programmes cover the following subject areas:

We bring a thorough appreciation of local partnership issues which influence prospects for successful project and service delivery outcomes.

Our aim is to work with you to provide clear direction and focus for future activity, establish a sustainable business model and support bids to win service delivery contracts. As a result, you can focus on delivering valued services to your clients.

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Accessing funding

Many of the community and voluntary sector, charitable and other not-for-profit organisations with whom we work are looking to improve, increase or simply maintain their range of services. With a general reduction in public funding, there’s less money to invest in these services. This makes applying for funds more competitive.

This is where WP can help. Our high quality funding applications will greatly improve your chances of securing funds. We have over 15 years of practical experience in raising funds for our clients across a wide range of UK government departments, public funded agencies and National Lottery as well as many EU programmes. In addition we have developed a successful track record of accessing funds from charitable trusts and foundations for smaller projects.

We advise our clients on suitable opportunities for bidding for funds and which grant areas on which to concentrate. With your input, we will either write funding applications on your behalf or guide you on what you need to include, backed by a robust pre-submission appraisal service to maximise the chances of success.

We aim to help all of our community, voluntary and not-for-profit clients to be successful with an individually tailored service in what is a complex, competitive and challenging environment.

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Social Enterprise support

Our aim is to accelerate the success of social enterprises through the application of best practice, involving excellent people and worthwhile resources.

We work with social enterprises to develop an overall strategy together with a business plan that includes an assessment of potential funding opportunities. We offer sound advice, ideas and business acumen that builds on your existing strengths and business opportunities.

 

Strategy Development - we will work with you to review current plans and help update them where necessary so that they accurately reflect the direction the business wishes to take, especially in terms of securing additional funding. This process will help you to:

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