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Working together to bring about change

  • The Hubs 6 Paternoster Row Sheffield, S1 2QQ United Kingdom (map)

Has your organisation faced the need to make some changes in order to continue to be sustainable? Our March Third Sector Café will be looking at a case study about an organisation that knew it needed to change. It will look at how it went about deciding what changes to make, and how they went on to make them. If you think that this is something that is relevant for your organisation, we’d be delighted to welcome you to this session. 
 
Our case study has a happy ending, but managing change successfully is universally acknowledged to be very tricky for any organisation, not just third sector ones. There are some special challenges that not-for-profits face. One of these can be the depth of ownership that many stakeholders feel about voluntary and community sector organisations.
 
Volunteers, staff and beneficiaries can feel deeply invested keeping ‘the way we do things around here’ the same.
 
They may be disconnected from the factors that mean that the organisation will need to change. The switch from grants to competitively won contracts for example can be hard to grasp, particularly for an organisation that has been able to rely on grants for many years.
 
Sometimes it can take a crisis to provide the motivation to change – or a burning platform’ to force the organisation to jump.

In order to drive change you need a burning platform. Then you need a vision of success, and a plan to get there. Together these three elements need to overcome inevitable resistance to change and difficulty in making it happen
— Tris Lumley of NPC

Happily our case study illustrates an example of planned change that without any burning platforms. Join us to share the discussion about what’s need to help organisations manage change successfully.

Later Event: April 16
Life Festival