Hopscotch Asian Women’s Centre

A range of consultancy support was provided to Camden-based charity Hopscotch Asian Women’s Centre between 2005 and 2008. HAWC is an Asian women-led organisation that provides a range of community-based services to its predominantly Bangladeshi clients, and engages locally and nationally on strategic and policy issues affecting its client communities. It has approximately 30 full time equivalent staff. The consultancy comprised:

  • Writing and submitting funding bids
  • Facilitation of team building events for the whole staff team
  • Provision of project management training
  • Editing reports
  • Supporting high profile events

Outcomes included:

  • Almost £500k raised from local government, London Development Agency, regeneration and charitable trust sources
  • Capacity secured to become an accredited NVQ training centre
  • New services secured and delivered in relation to: NVQ Childcare and Homecare training, Domestic Violence Casework; Advice and Community Development Outreach to the Bangladeshi population of additional neighbourhoods; Older People’s services established
  • Strengthened team working across the organisation resulting from 2 years’ team building facilitation
  • Nineteen staff with heightened project management skills informing ongoing project development
  • A model of school-based forced and early marriage prevention reported on and widely disseminated
  • Research regarding the advocacy needs of people with learning disabilities from the Bangladeshi community reported on and widely disseminated
  • Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone and Met Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair hosted, photographed and utilised in promotional material

Impacts have included heightened awareness of, and local, national and regional strategic learning and service improvement on issues such as: Bangladeshi community-based NVQ training delivery; service development and issues in relation to those affected in Asian communities by domestic violence, learning disability, forced and early marriage, age. A key Asian community organisation had its reputation enhanced, work recognised, capacity strengthened, and its community better resourced with enhanced opportunities.

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