Vivid Regeneration

regeneration - training - development - consultancy

Our Clients

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Neighbourhood planning

Lawrence Weston
Established a network of organisations in Lawrence Weston to progress a Neighbourhood Plan for the area. This work has included setting up a resident led planning group, training residents in community research, and surveying residents about what they like and don’t like about the area.

Strategic planning

Bristol City Council (BCC) Neighbourhood Renewal Team
Researched and wrote a report on the skills and knowledge needs of residents and public, voluntary and private sector staff engaged in regeneration work in Neighbourhood Renewal projects in Bristol.

Researched and wrote a pamphlet on enhancing voluntary sector involvement in regeneration initiatives in Bristol.

Sovereign Housing Association and Partners
Developed a “process map” of key decisions and actions for partner agencies working to establish Community Land Trusts in Bristol

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Organisational development

Ambition Lawrence Weston
Worked with residents and partners to establish a new charitable company for the neighbourhood.

Sovereign Housing Association
Commented on draft Memorandum and Articles of Association and gave advice on how to establish a successful resident led Development Trust for Hanham Hall.

Stroud Beresford
We delivered a range of services to this long standing women’s refuge. Work included; board development, feasibility studies, partnership development, income generation and fundraising advice.

Gloucester Domestic Violence Support and Advocacy Project (GDVSAP)
This work involved a number of tasks including; board development, advising on a potential merger, staff support, and strategic planning.

Fast Track Trust
Wrote a business plan and funding bid for Objective 2 funding for this BME-led employment support organisation.

Silai Nappy Company
Worked with a group of women entrepreneurs to help them establish a community enterprise manufacturing re-usable cotton nappies.

St Paul's Unlimited/Easton and Lawrence Hill Neighbourhood Renewal
Worked with residents, community groups and public sector agencies to set up a new community bus service in inner city Bristol.

Knowle West Media Centre
Undertook business planning and funding bids for the first phase of building a new media centre in Bristol.

Greets Green Retail and Enterprise Training
Worked with small businesses in the Greets Green New Deal for Communities area of West Bromwich to establish a new social enterprise providing business support services to local traders.

Amana Education Trust
Worked with this Bristol based Somali led organisation to complete its first comprehensive business plan and forward funding strategy.

Educational Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH)
Wrote a new business plan and funding strategy to enable this organisation to sustain and grow its national award winning services.

Pierian Centre
Provided advice and guidance on establishing a not-for-profit arm to this successful inner city community business.

BCC Objective 2 Team
Assisted the team to finalise a business plan and cash flow for new workspace provision in St Pauls.

Oldbury Court Community Centre
Worked with Trustees of this small charity to help to improve the management of their community building.

St Werburghs Community Association
Provided services through a number of contracts, including on behalf of the Development Trusts Association, to assist the organisation to successfully secure £1m investment from the Community Assets Fund to upgrade and extend their community building.

Avonmouth Community Association
Worked with Trustees and partner agencies to develop a comprehensive business and action plan, focussing on improving developing more local services and activities.

Wellspring Healthy Living Centre
Developed this new centre’s first comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation strategy, with a customised database, and provided staff training sessions.

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Trading, contracting and fundraising

Bristol Legacy Commission (BLC)
BLC was set up in 2008 to help support Bristol BME residents and organisations to play an integral part in transforming their communities. Vivid worked with nominated BME led voluntary organisations (previously funded by Bristol Legacy Commission) to develop projects and services, research funders and write funding bids, aiming to enable clients to grow their services and to become more sustainable. We worked with a wide range of groups, including those working with older people, enhancing mental health services, delivering equalities in grass roots football, promoting cultural leadership and supporting entrepreneurs.

Barton Hill Settlement
Vivid assisted the Settlement to write funding bids for a number of its activities, and to review and write a new business plan.

The C³ Partnership (commissioned by Bristol City Council)
Researched and wrote a successful European Union (EU) Equal funding bid and established a new sub regional partnership to deliver improved support to the social economy sector.

Silai for Skills
Researched and wrote a successful Objective 3 European Social Fund (ESF) bid for this BME led women’s training organisation.

Completed a successful bid for Big Lottery funding for equalities work delivered by Bristol’s voluntary sector infrastructure agency.

The City Academy Beacon Centre
Researched and wrote a successful EU Objective 2 ESF bid for new adult and community education services, including ESOL courses, for this new centre serving Bristol’s diverse inner city communities.

Bristol East Side Traders/Community at Heart
Developed projects for major capital improvement programmes for two inner city retail districts, and wrote successful EU Objective 2 European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and New Deal for Community (NDC) bids which secured total investment of approximately £5m.

Connecting Communities Partnership
Evaluated previous programmes and wrote a bid for Home Office funding to improve BME recruitment, retention and progression in 14 public sector agencies in Bristol and the South West.

Hannah More Primary School
Developed and wrote a successful funding application to Bristol’s Objective 2 ERDF for a new “extended school” facility, which has been built.

Community at Heart
Secured funding to develop and build a children’s centre within a new primary school in Barton Hill, including successful bids for Objective 2, SRB6 and New Deal for Communities funding.

Bristol University
Developed an EU bid to create a new Bristol ‘Science Shop’ to enable residents, community based organisations and university staff and students to collaborate on joint research initiatives.

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Partnership development

HAB Oakus
Working with Kevin McCloud's company Hab, housing group Green Square, Gloucestershire Land for People, and the Housing and Communities Agency (HCA). Organised and facilitated partnership development days to progress the development of the former Cashes Green hospital site as a Community Land Trust. This development will provide 78 new homes along with a variety of outdoor spaces including allotments, communal kitchen gardens, shared and private gardens, and wilder spaces for wildlife and residents to enjoy.

The Modernisation Fund and the Voscur Partnership Bursary Scheme
These schemes aimed to support voluntary and community organisations to modernise in order to become more sustainable and deliver new and better services in an era of change. Vivid undertook short contracts with a range of advice, arts, youth and rights organisations, providing a number of services including facilitating strategic planning events, exploring partnership working and giving funding advice. Clients included Bristol Mediation, Imayla, Tribe of Doris, Circomedia, Age Concern, The Brigstowe Project, Bristol Citizens Advice Bureau and Artivists.

Gloucester Law Centre
Gloucester Law Centre contracted Vivid to revive a dormant advice agency network, and to assist a smaller core group of advice agencies in Gloucestershire to develop a joint tender to deliver advice services under a Legal Services Commission (LSC) contract. We successfully engaged a wide range of specialist and generalist voluntary organisations providing advice throughout the county, undertook consultation and facilitated a launch meeting of Gloucestershire Legal Services Network. We also brokered collaborative work leading to a successful LCS tender.

Stroud Citizens Advice Bureau
Researched and identified potential merger partners. Completed an options paper and presented to trustees to analyse the viability of merger partners and the implications for capacity to deliver and improve/expand frontline advice services. Organised and delivered a consultation event with volunteers and staff. Supported staff to successfully apply to Legal Services Commission through a collaborative approach with Gloucester CAB.

Enterprising People
Developed a partnership between Bristol based enterprise agencies (Business West, BEST, BACEN, BRAVE and CDA) and wrote an EU Objective 2 bid for better co-ordinated small business advice services in Bristol.

Bristol ChangeUp Consortium
Researched and wrote an evaluation on the operational effectiveness and future development of the Consortium.

Community at Heart
Evaluated a range of NDC funded services to develop proposals for improved, more collaborative and sustainable service provision over the final stages of Bristol’s NDC programme.

CapacityBuilders Modernisation Fund
Undertook a total of 9 contracts within Phase1 of this programme with organisations in Bristol and Gloucestershire, providing a number of activities, including facilitating Board and staff planning sessions and advising on partnership development, collaboration and merger.

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Research and feasibility studies

Bristol PCT (working with Avonmouth and Kingsweston Neighbourhood Partnership)
Vivid undertook research to provide comprehensive and up-to-date data on local needs, and consulted with key stakeholders to produce a report and recommendations about developing a new Community Plan to drive forward the regeneration of Lawrence Weston, Bristol. We also launched a new local network of voluntary and statutory agencies to foster better collaborative working.

Refugee Action
Refugee Action led a consortium project delivering training and advice in Bristol under the government’s Migration Impact Fund. Vivid were contracted at the end of this scheme to research and develop a toolkit for statutory agencies to help them assess their performance and access relevant information and training materials in order to improve their services for refugees, asylum seekers and new migrants. We undertook consultation, developed a diagnostic test and researched resources, producing and piloting a well designed and user friendly resource.

Knowle West VISION
Undertook research into the needs of black and minority ethnic residents to assist this community group to undertake local consultation and develop new services.

National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
Undertook the support work in this major South West pilot project – ‘From Asking to Earning’ – to provide lessons on sustainability for the not-for-profit sector.

BBCS Consortium
Undertook a feasibility study into opportunities to develop new workspace for Bristol based BME community groups and small businesses.

Hotwells and Cliftonwood Community Association
Undertook initial development work to establish a new traders network to improve the viability of a Bristol neighbourhood retail area.

University of the West of England (UWE)
Undertook research into family run businesses as part of a larger inter-university study, including identifying and interviewing BME and women entrepreneurs.

Bristol City Council/St Pauls Unlimited Community Partnership
In partnership with BACEN and BEST, undertook feasibility studies and wrote business plans, with the aim of establishing new social enterprises in the St Pauls area of Bristol.

Undertook a major income generation feasibility study, including a large-scale consultation of member organisations about membership fees, leading to the successful implementation of new income generation activities.

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Interim management

Bristol East Side Traders (BEST) Business Development Associate
Supported the Director with a range of managerial tasks, part-time over 8 months.

Appraisal and evaluation

Volunteer Bristol
Evaluated a 3 year lottery funded Volunteer support project. This work included measuring value for money and demonstrating, in financial terms, the impact that volunteering makes to the city.

St Paul’s Unlimited Community Partnership
Interviewed a broad range of partners and made recommendations for the future of this award winning community partnership.

We completed an evaluation of the Pioneer Programme, a major ESF funded leadership training initiative in South West England, contributing to the programme’s Summit and writing and presenting the final report. The evaluation was conducted over an 18 month period, and included “before and after” surveys with participants, and focus groups and interviews with partners, including the transnational partner.

The City Academy, Bristol – The Bi-lingual Family Mentoring Project
This project is one of a suite of services to be delivered by this award winning Academy, serving an ethnically diverse and rapidly changing community in inner city Bristol, and was funded on a fixed term contract by Bristol City Council. Vivid undertook an evaluation of the project, highlighting its impact and value, and, with project staff, facilitated a presentation event in the Council House with local authority decision makers and budget holders. The project has secured ongoing funding.

Care and Repair
Completed an evaluation of Care and Repair’s “Safe and Health Homes” SRB5 funded project in South Bristol.

Bristol East Side Traders (BEST)
Completed a major evaluation of the organisation’s work over 5 years for the Small Business Service Phoenix Development Fund.

Community at Heart - Neighbourhood Solutions
Researched and wrote a full evaluation of the environmental programme operating as part of Bristol’s NDC scheme, and worked with partners to provide options for future activities.

Community at Heart - Race Equality Project
Undertook a comprehensive evaluation of the project, including its innovative Race Equality and Community Cohesion Action Plan. Organised and facilitated a conference to plan future work.

Bristol City Council Objective 2 Evaluation
Undertook a programme level evaluation of the Bristol Neighbourhood Action Plan programme, a major 7-year European Objective 2 funded regeneration initiative.

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Community consultation

Community Counts (Barton and Treadworth Neighbourhood Management pilot, Gloucester)
Planned and facilitated evaluation meetings for voluntary organisations, community activists, councillors and agencies to debate and agree a forward plan and new neighbourhood management structure.

Conferences and events

BCC SRB 6 Team
Facilitated good practice workshops to enable multi-sector groups to design and develop projects.

BCC Community Buildings Conference
Facilitated a workshop on capital funding.

Bristol NHS, Raising awareness of Female Genital Mutilation
Planned and chaired a one day conference attended by residents, health professions, police, and community workers.

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Staff and board development

Windmill Hill City Farm
In partnership with Avon and Bristol Law Centre, we created and delivered a customised governance training programme for the Board of Directors, funded by the Tudor Trust. The programme was designed to strengthen this longstanding, landmark organisation following a challenging period of major change.

1625 Independent People
Delivered a board planning day in partnership with Avon and Bristol Law Centre.

Planned and facilitated a programme to improve staff development and support as part of achieving IIP status.

Youth Moves
Facilitated staff planning sessions and assisted with the completion of a business plan for this innovative area youth service network.

Facilitated a Board meeting on the future of the organisation

Wellspring Health Living Centre
Facilitated a staff planning day and provided non managerial supervision to staff.

Bristol East Side Traders (BEST)
Provided non managerial supervision to a number of staff and delivered a number of half day business planning events with staff.

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