What We Do

Strategic and business planning - Designing events and workshops for senior teams, boards and whole staff groups. Aiming to develop team working as well as delivering practical outputs such as action planning. Supporting leaders to take forward what has been agreed and action planning so that everyone feels a sense of achievement.

Working with Teams - According to Patrick Lencioni all teams are dysfunctional, some are more dysfunctional than others!

Drawing on his model for tackling the five common dysfunctions, we work with teams and leaders. The aim is to build trust, improve morale, support individuals to take responsibility for holding colleagues accountable for team decisions and focus the team’s attention on the results needed. Finally, learning to deal with conflict effectively!

Effective Boards - Enabling Chairs and Trustees to fulfil their critical role in voluntary and community organisations; from induction to self-assessment, through away days, coaching, action learning and change management consultancy. We can work with you to develop the most effective way to achieve your goals.

Developing Volunteering Strategies - From small volunteer led charities to involving volunteers on a large scale, at all levels across all functions, its important to manage volunteering well. It helps if you know why you want to involve volunteers, are clear about the added value that volunteers bring, offering their time and expertise to enable you to deliver your objectives.

Research and evaluation - measuring impact - It pays to know if you are making a difference and if so, on who or what! Using tools such as the Volunteering Impact Assessment Toolkit, we can work with you to develop and build into your projects, simple realistic methods to evaluate what you are doing – its good to know but even better for making the case to funders for additional funding. We can conduct an evaluation during or at the end of a project.

Who We Work With

What People Say About Dare to Change

Karen Sparkes
Head of Volunteering at Barnado's
My interaction with Barbara always leaves me with a sense that there are no limits, and that I have the potential to achieve anything I set my mind to.
Diana Young
Manager at Volunteering for Stronger Communities
Grasped things quickly, got on with it with minimum help, made useful, practical recommendations.
Nic Clark
Volunteering Development Manager, Stroke Association.
I joined a group knowing not much about action learning but have been shown the benefits this can bring me and my peers
June 2013
Jo Masters
Volunteers and Community Development, Jewish Care
My sincere thanks to Barbara for sharing her expert skills as a facilitator for our action learning sessions. Her ability made the group feel safe and comfortable enough to 'open up' and talk about issues was extremely valuable and helped me to reflect on my own practice.
June 2013
Helen Derbyshire
Museum Development Officer, South East Region
I would happily re-employ Barbara again on a variety of jobs as my colleagues, clients and I consider her a valued professional, who consistently achieves good results.
Patrick Scott
Project Manager - Volunteering in Direct Services Project at Macmillan Cancer Support
She shares useful models based on knowledge and expertise, has lots of energy, enthusiasm, challenge and humour and gives straight talking feedback.
Dave Conroy
Business owner, third sector professional, photo safari organiser
I have really enjoyed working with Barbara, both at Volunteering England and more recently in my role at Capacitybuilders. I find her open, direct, creative, challenging and good fun. I am very happy to recommend her 100%.
August 31, 2010, Dave worked indirectly for Barbara at Volunteering England