I know, let’s call it early intervention…
I’m relatively new to working at BANG Edutainment as the Operations Manager, however for many years I have been on the periphery of experiencing the effectiveness of their work both as a funder and as a regeneration partner in my role as a policy officer with Brent Council. Now I am on the other side… working in the community and voluntary sector for the first time and loving it.
What a difference! Seeing the young people and their families positively affected by the work we do is astounding. No more the faceless demographic of statistics used to painfully convince a head of department to look differently at the way we work to benefit our communities. Being a small organisation based in the heart of our community ensures that we are well placed to deliver flexibly, be responsive and truly outcome focused.
Radio Skills session with Danielle, BANG Intern
I was fortunate enough to recently participate in my first Realising Ambition Conference in June with like-minded organisations from all over the UK. BANG Edutainment embarked upon replicating an early intervention model with support from Catch22 Realising Ambition (#realising ambition). There is a valuable lesson in looking at evidence and recognising that it is a journey for many organisations and that we’re part of a positive movement to get commissioners to acknowledge that investing in grassroots organisations to deliver outcome focused approaches works for the long term. A conference participant tweeted: “A firm evidence base, strong model, skilled staff and good relationships with commissioners are key to sustaining services.” And I agree.
Read BANG’s case study for Realising Ambition ( catch-22.org.uk/…vices/realising-ambition)
Blog post by Carol Allen, Operations Manager