South West Impact Awards 2014
About The Awards
The South West Impact Awards sponsored by Charity Bank have been developed to recognise the work of Social Purpose Organisations in measuring and communicating the impact of what they do.
They will be presented by Dame Suzi Leather* at a champagne tea at the 'In Pursuit of Happiness' conference on 14 April in Bristol.
Why Impact? Measuring the impact of our work is a vital component to the health of the Social Purpose Sector. It helps us to understand the effects our work has on the lives of others and the wider community. It tells us what we do well and how we can improve on our services; and it enables us to share our learning and success with other providers or funders of projects.
Impact measurement doesn’t have to be expensive but it does need to be properly planned and embedded into your organisation. Rather than a once-off activity, it should follow a routine of planning, measuring, assessing, learning and communicating. It should also involve talking to your key stakeholders. It may be that you have developed processes in-house with minimal resources or that you have worked with external researchers or consultants to undertake research or develop impact measurement approaches.
Whether you are a large organisation with a sizeable staff team, or a small voluntary run group, if you think your organisation fulfils these criteria then why not enter for one of our impact awards!
* Dame Suzi Leather was Chair of the Charity Commission from 2006-12. She is Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and a member of the Ethics Committee of Exeter University. She is also Chair of the LankellyChase Foundation and Vice President of Hospiscare (Exeter, East and Mid Devon) and a lay member of the General Medical Council.
Her previous roles include Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, Deputy Chair of the UK Food Standards Agency, Chair of the School Food Trust, and Chair of Exeter and District Community NHS Trust.