YMCA Derbyshire commissioned Steve Allman to undertake an Organisation Strengths Review of their exciting new Big Lottery Fund project, Threshold to Success, which benefits YMCA residents.

The project enables young and vulnerable people to reduce their feelings of isolation by increasing participation in activities, develop new skills and take up training and educational opportunities, including some offered in partnership with local organisations such as Toyota and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

A number of these external stakeholders contributed their views to the Organisational Strengths Review. We also delivered workshops for both YMCA Derbyshire staff and residents and consulted with key members of staff, including the CEO. The final report presents a positive future for the project, which already achieved a strong level of impact in its first six months, and staff working on the project were enthusiastic about implementing our recommendations and potential solutions.

The final recommendations were also discussed by the charity’s Directors and Board of Trustees, who shared their commitment to learning from the Organisational Strengths Review process, continuing to build upon the many strengths identified throughout the report and implementing some of the recommendations in future.

The Organisational Strengths Review was funded by a Building Capabilities grant, an additional grant provided by Big Lottery Fund to enable charities to identify their strengths and understand how those strengths were delivered and to identify areas for improvement and recommend how these might be overcome.

Liz Richardson, Development Manager, shares her experience of working with Steve:

“Steve’s approach suited YMCA Derbyshire very well and he works well with staff, clients and external stakeholders.  He has provided us with a very comprehensive Organisational Strengths Review and recommendations in line with our values that we can implement. We look forward to working with Steve again in the future.”

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