Volunteer Centre Shepway commissioned Steve Allman to undertake an Organisational Strengths Review. The Folkestone-based charity has been running since 1979 and provides a range of services including a Befriending Service for older or vulnerable people, a Community Transport service, a Gardening service, Dementia Cafe and a Men’s Shed, which supports men who are isolated or struggling with mental health issues.
Volunteers and volunteering are at the heart of the charity, which promotes a wide range of local volunteering opportunities via its website and supports local charities to develop good practice for volunteering and promote their own volunteer opportunities.
With trustees mindful of sustaining the charity’s much-needed services in the future, the Organisational Strengths Review was commissioned by Volunteer Centre Shepway to assist them in determining the charity’s strengths and areas for improvement to help trustees in planning the charity’s strategy and future direction. Furthermore, the review also explored potential risks and challenges, in addition to the charity’s current good practice and potential opportunities for sustaining services, responding to local needs or working in partnership with other local groups.
Steve Allman has delivered similar reviews for other Volunteer Centres and has developed a bespoke approach which captures the views of internal stakeholders, including staff, trustees and volunteers, in addition to external stakeholders, including member organisations, funders and referring bodies. These views, in addition to our own analysis of the charity’s strategy, financial position, impact data and other factors, are presented in a final report, which includes detailed recommendations and next steps.
We’re really impressed by the extent of services provided by Volunteer Centre Shepway, which offers so much more than the traditional Volunteer Centre services it was set up to provide. We hope the Organisational Strengths Review will enable Volunteer Centre Shepway to build on their current capacity and capability and sustain their much-needed services for years to come.