Thursday, 22 August 2019

The Evaluator working with Community First Yorkshire

The Evaluator has just completed a short term piece of work with Community First Yorkshire. Community First Yorkshire provides practical support and rural advocacy to voluntary and community organisations, parish councils and social enterprises. They run networks, training and projects.

The Evaluator recently carried out a series of twenty case studies; from larger more established organisations like the YMCA right through to small volunteer led organisations. Staff from The Evaluator have spent time in the sunshine, travelling around North Yorkshire, interviewing community groups in stunning locations. What was equally impressive was the range of work going on - from new build parish halls, to reinvented churches, to gardens full of volunteers, professional factories employing adults with learning disabilities and projects working to reduce homelessness in young people, to help men open up about their emotions and to empower all the volunteers and trustees who lead the organisations.

Kirsty Rose Parker, our founder and director explains, "listening to the stories of the charities we work with is, without a doubt, one of the most emotional and moving parts of the business. It really helps to remind us of how important their work is, and ultimately how important our work is, making sure they can tell their impact effectively and making sure they can continue to deliver the life changing activity they do".

You can read more about Community First Yorkshire here