Suffolk ProHelp Impact Report July - Sept 2021

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SUFFOLK PROHELP IMPACT REPORT QUARTER 2: JULY - SEPTEMBER 2021

Connecting businesses and communities

Celebrating 2O YEARS


MAKING AN IMPACT IMPACT STATISTICS We record quantitative information on organisations making inquiries, those who applied, those supported and the hours and cost equivalent of professional time given.

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INITIAL INQUIRIES

APPLICATIONS FOR SUPPORT

7 04

7

MATCHED WITH PROFESSIONAL

100

02 01

ESTIMATED PROFESSIONAL HOURS

05 EMERGENCY REQUEST

£10K

ESTIMATED FINANCIAL EQUIVALENT

06

ORGANISATIONS SUPPORTED SUFFOLK MIND IPSWICH BMX WEDNESDAYS CHILD RED GABLES DAS EAST SUFFOLK SAX MUSIC FEST SEESAW ANIMAL RESCUE Numbers of applications are down a little this quarter despite the usual number of enquiries. It seems that organisations are treading water a little at moment rather than undertaking longer term plans, waiting to see how things pan out with restrarting after Covid.

Hours and financial equivalent are estimated as audits are conducted at the end of each quarter and can take several weeks for data to come back.


PODCAST

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THE PODCAST HAS ENABLED US TO BRING TO LIFE OUR CASE STUDIES AND FIND A WHOLE NEW WAY OF SHARING EXPERTISE

At Suffolk ProHelp we often receive enquiries from unicorporated organisations wishing to become a chartiable incorporated organisation. In the past we have run a learning lunch on this topic. We decided to update this with a podcast giving people information about the process and importance of becoming a CIO. Converting to a CIO can be a complex and lengthy process and as such solicitors involved with Suffolk ProHelp cannot provide pro bono support - as we offer specific, time limited interventions. But we wanted to offer some information which would be helpful and hope the podcast will provide some good understanding for voluntary organisations.

LISTEN TO OUR PODCAST HERE


PROBONO ECONOMICS LAW FAMILY COMISSION ON CIVIL SOCIETY In this call for evidence, charities, community groups, social enterprises, volunteers, policymakers, business leaders and academics provided their ideas as to how the potential of civil society can be unleashed. Suffolk ProHelp contributed to the focus group exploring partnerships between the private sector and civil society.

There are mutual benefits to partnerships. Leveraging relationships with civil society organisations to demonstrate their brand values in response to a more socially minded consumer base

Key themes that emerged in this focus group were: For some, businesses are core to their operations and funding models. Others say that relationships with businesses are hard to initiate and at times feel superficial. Some noted that due to government procurement practices, civil society organisations are often in competition for resources with corporate providers. Employer benefits of being associated with a charity or cause Working with civil society organisations to tap into their expert skills and knowledge Reputational risks from entering into a relationship with a business whose values may not meet those of a civil society organisation Significant capacity consumed by managing the complexities of working with businesses.

See the launch https://youtu.be/X3DKmVF YblQ Read the report https://civilsocietycommissi on.org/publication/summar y-responses-unleashingthe-potential-of-civilsociety/


NEW PROFESSIONAL MEMBER

WELCOME AMS BUSINESS CONSULTANTS AMS Business Consultants is owned by Andy Skinner LSS MBB who has a single mission: to help your business succeed! Quite simply AMS are the process experts and help you to truly understand your business processes. Providing consultancy, coaching and/or training delivery AMS operate across a variety of industries and sectors and have access to the highest quality experts in their field. Andy has proven himself in defining business strategies, programme, project and management qualities, having designed end to end operating models, improved critical business processes, defined strategies within market leading financial services businesses. He has won awards for innovation and customer centricity. Andy has significant experience in implementing continuous improvement training programmes across industry sectors and businesses of varying sizes, from SME’s through to businesses in excess of 2000+ employees. Having worked on a global, national and local scale, he has the experience to understand what makes businesses successful.Each client is approached with a fresh set of eyes to develop customised, unique strategies and tangible solutions that are right for them. Andy established the business in April 2020 after 20 years in financial services identifying a gap in the market and making Lean and Six Sigma accessible and affordable for SME. AMS have delivered over £4million benefit in the first 18 months of existence – something he is extremely proud of.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT Andy has a passion for supporting others and is one of the many reasons he decided AMS should join Pro help and offer the skills and service of the business to those in need. Outside of work Andy manages a youth football team and is a firm believer in giving back to the local community and takes huge pleasure in doing so.


SUMMARY SHARING EXPERTISE Suffolk ProHelp is a countywide network of businesses who provide professional and strategic support free of charge to voluntary and community groups. This shared time, passion and commitment helps create thriving, resilient and sustainable communities. ▬ Supporting communities Suffolk ProHelp was established in June 2001 and was previously run by Business in the Community (BITC). It is now co-ordinated by Community Action Suffolk and funded through the National Lottery Community Fund. The Suffolk ProHelp business network includes solicitors, accountants, architects, surveyors, property consultants, marketing and public relations. ▬ A wide range of expertise "Businesses commit to undertake one-off projects which may include activities such as feasibility studies, structural surveys, marketing strategies, legal and accountancy advice and property valuations. The only difference is that the community client is not charged for the work undertaken. Clear eligibility criteria are applied to make sure that this valuable expertise is directed to voluntary and community sector organisations who are most in need and would most benefit. ▬ Focused input

100 hours of professional expertise this quarter

Suffolk ProHelp is part of Community Action Suffolk Reg Charity 1150501 Company No. 08316345

£10k

7

78

worth of professional support

voluntary organisations matched with support this quarter

cumulative number of organisations supported through National Lottery funding

Angela Lee-Foster, Suffolk ProHelp Manager info@suffolkprohelp.org.uk • suffolkprohelp.org.uk

£105,448

cumulative amount of equivalent professional support through National Lottery funding


With thanks to all the businesses in our network