Creating Positive change in YOUR COMMUNITY
Catalyst is a professional consultancy service which supports businesses, local councils, social enterprises and community groups to achieve their objectives and create positive change in Devon.
Provided by independent charity Devon Communities Together, Catalyst draws on over 50 years’ experience in rural and community development. We work with clients of all sizes on a wide range of bespoke services designed to help identify solutions to their challenges and bring them to fruition.
What we help our clients to achieve
We support our clients at different stages of their projects and enterprises, depending on where and when they need support. We’re proud to say our clients are creating positive change all over Devon:
The trustees of Ashreigney Village hall have engaged the support of Catalyst, DCT’s consultancy service, to help them to prepare for a major fundraising campaign to renovate and modernise their Victorian building. Our first task was to help them to successfully apply for a grant to cover the costs of community consultation activities, building surveyors and architectural designs.
On a sunny Saturday in early July a community consultation drop-in event was held. Local residents were invited to contribute their ideas, aspirations and needs for a modernised hall. Around 70 people attended on the day and contributed over 130 suggestions and comments on post-it notes. Children drew pictures of their ideas, then everybody was given sticky coloured dots to put onto the comments that they agreed with.
One young parent commented “Our Village Hall is the Hub of our community, so I think it is a very important facility to conserve for future generations”
The children wanted to see the hall used for roller skating discos, water gun fights and a hot chocolate machine – However the suggestion that one the most votes was the need for an out-door play space (poster attached)
Catalyst provide professional support and expertise on the following services:
- Fundraising Strategies
- Feasibility Studies
- Stakeholder Consultation
- Governance & Legal Structures
- Community Owned Assets
- Positive Community Engagement
- Design & Facilitation of Partnership Forums
- Design Led Initiatives
- Rural Housing Services
- Community Land Trusts
- Neighbourhood Planning & Localism Powers
- Training & Mentoring
- Business Plans & Business Coaching
- Evaluation & Impact Assessment & Monitoring
Catalyst's professional consultancy team will:
- Be a trusted voice using our unique rural reach
- Provide honest advice that achieves solutions
- Introduce innovative models of good practice
- Achieve effective community participation
- Be a knowledgeable and approachable extension of your team
Catalyst Client Feedback
Below is a range of feedback from previous clients. This feedback demonstrates the positive services that you will receive!