Home-Start Torridge & North Devon commissioned Steve Allman to write an external evaluation of their Big Lottery Fund project, Bridging The Gap.

Home-Start Torridge & North Devon recruits and trains local parents who volunteer to support other parents at home, or in the community, with a view to reducing isolation and building skills and confidence.

The external evaluation saw Steve visit a number of families at home to discuss the impact of Home-Start and also interview volunteers and external partners, including funders and referrers, before outlining practical recommendations and strategic next steps. Rachel North, Scheme Manager, shares her experience of working with us:

“Steve came highly recommended from other Home-Start colleagues. From the outset we knew he had just the right approach and we were happy to engage him to work with our project as we felt he would encourage our supported families and volunteers to express their views and enable them to participate fully in the evaluation process. He was understanding and showed empathy for our beneficiaries experiences. The whole process of working alongside Steve was effortless and he supported us every step of the way.”

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