Seedbed can help with all of these things, whether you want the whole process organised and delivered for you, or you just need a bit of support and guidance. We can also work with your staff and volunteers to develop their skills in planning, delivering and evaluating a successful project.
Seedbed set up and managed a multi-partner project linking St Mungo's homeless charity to mainstream education providers. The project involved setting up and coordinating all activity, including working with 14 learning providers in the public, private and third sectors. The project benefitted over 270 homeless clients in seven homeless hostels and facilities. All outputs were over-achieved, the project was brought in on-budget and a social enterprise centre was set up, allowing more experienced clients to provide learning in the future to their homeless colleagues.
Seedbed helped develop and then deliver a two-year project to encourage SMEs, public, community and third sector groups to deliver first step learning which would lead onto vocational learning opportunities. Over 2500 learners benefitted from a range of basic skills, vocational opportunities, ICT and professional development courses, and individual SMEs also accessed a range of development training. The project also involved the management of a large strategic political steering partnership.
Seedbed coordinated the East of England region as part of a national project embedding a Whole Organisation Approach to Skills for Life within Local Authority strategies, policies and training programmes. Fourteen LAs benefitted from consultancy support and workshop training to develop their approaches to literacy, language and numeracy, of which 13 subsequently achieved a Government Office Award for their work. Learning champions were set up, and a self-support network allowed the work to continue post-project. Links to the Investors in People Quality Mark, Unions and staff skill audits were also established, resulting in case studies that were shared across the country.
Seedbed had the planning, management, evaluation and dissemination of Adult Learners’ Week across three regions from 2007 to 2015. Operating within a national framework, the project included engaging with adults and organisations to deliver tasters of learning, running good practice workshops for prospective providers of learning tasters, encouraging nominations for awards (including participating in judging and organising a high profile awards ceremony), and ensuring widespread dissemination of project activity and impact. Over 1500 events ran each year, each involving almost 22,000 adults, and work was developed and shared in partnership with over 200 organisations.