“We’re proud of being part of a national movement, but we work hard to make people understand that we’re a separate local charity and we’re here for our local community”, says Caroline Lewis-Jones, Chief Executive Officer of RSPCA Leeds and Wakefield Branch , who talked to us about the pros and cons of being part of a far wider network, that everyone thinks they know about.
It’s a simple and effective idea; set up a charity that knows the older people in a neighbourhood, put on social activities and provide simple services that reduce the barriers to living a full life. In fact it’s so simple and effective that Leeds has a network of 35 projects across the city doing exactly that…in 1986 Belle Isle Elderly Winter Aid (BIEWA) were first….
About 11 years back Connect in the North made a big decision. After starting life as a member organisation of small third sector organisations committed to improving the lives of people with learning difficulties, Connect in the North’s predecessor organisation asked itself why it didn’t have any people who use services on its Board. If it really believed that learning difficulties should be no barrier to success, it needed to show this in the way it was run.