Evolve – a capacity building project
Written by Orlaith McGuinness, Community Development Project Manager
ELBA is delighted to share the Evolve Annual Report, which showcases the impact of the project in 2021. The full report can be read here.
We want to take this opportunity to thank all involved in Evolve over the past 16 months. A special shout out to volunteers at Linklaters, Societe Generale and UBS who continue to give their time and skills to build community capacity, and the community organisations in Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Haringey, who work tirelessly to deliver key services to support and empower residents of east London.
For an overview of the Evolve project, as well as a snapshot of some key achievements from the past year, please read on:
Evolve is a collaborative partnership between Linklaters, UBS, Societe Generale and the Societe Generale UK Foundation, delivered by ELBA. It aims to build the capacity of community organisations across Hackney, particularly in response to the effects of COVID-19. The ultimate aim is to help ensure the sustainability of Hackney’s third sector and also, support Hackney residents. While the key focus is on Hackney organisations, Evolve also supports community organisations in Tower Hamlets and Haringey. The project has been designed to respond to the changing needs of local community organisations, drawing on the skills and expertise of employee volunteers to address pressing community challenges.
In 2021, Evolve consisted of seven different activity types:
- Leaders in Partnership: Pairing community leaders with senior volunteers for a 10 month, coaching-style partnership.
- Learning from Leaders sessions: Bringing together corporate and community leaders to explore key leadership themes and share learning, challenges and tools.
- Evolve BoardBuilders: Training and matching events, designed to strengthen the governance of Hackney-based community organisations by placing employee volunteers as trustees of the organisations.
- Reflection & Planning workshops: Small teams of volunteers supporting community organisations to reflect, problem solve and plan.
- Funding Application Reviews: Volunteers providing feedback to community organisations to help improve their funding applications.
- Digital Inclusion – Website Reviews: Volunteers assess and review community partner websites, and provide feedback on how to improve and optimise them
- Strategic Solutions workshops: Small team of volunteers supporting community organisations to overcome specific strategic issues related to Business Planning, Financial Planning, Marketing and Communications, IT and HR
For more detail on the impact of each activity, as well as plans for development in 2022, please see the full Evolve Annual Report 2021.
If you have any questions, would like to partake in an Evolve activity, or discuss a particular area of need, please get in touch with Orlaith, ELBA Community Development Project Manager: email@example.com