Self-care, strategy, sustainability

Featured: Virtual residential! Giving you the gift of time and space.
Strategy spotlight: Community justice on the front foot.
Sustainability: Partnership approaches to sector survival.
Commissioning: Planning and providing better social care.

Virtual residential

Time and space are the most valuable gifts we can give. This summer, instead of our special leadership residential, we've created a virtual experience that everyone can benefit from.

It's not the same as our usual weekend at Ardoch by Loch Lomond, but it's a gift of valuable time and space: take a breath and explore it here.
"I really enjoyed the virtual experience and I’m very pleased with my self care box!...I now have a few more ideas about what I actually need – thank you for the helpful questions."
Get the learning from our 2019 residential here. Sustainable leadership, managing capacity and change.

Strategy spotlight

This is a year of strategic development and change. There's no point waiting to see what the future holds, however tempting that may seem. Strategy isn't about certainty.
Sustainable organisations know that strategy walks on two feet: one deliberate, the other emergent. They get on the front foot, stepping towards the future with a clear intent. In 2021, we've already helped 12 charities to do just this. We'll showcase different examples throughout the year and on the Wren and Greyhound website. This month, the focus is community justice.
Victim Support Scotland (one of the first Lasting Difference symbol holders) have recently published their new strategy. You can view it at a glance here or download the full version here. We love it because it's  visual and crisp, but still warm, with the vital human story of the charity's work.
Sacro will launch a new strategy to coincide with their 50th birthday later this year. Project 50 took a creatively inclusive approach, giving everyone in the 'Sacro family' a say in the strategy's development. More importantly, it gives them a stake in its success. When the strategy goes live, it will belong to the people it matters to most.
Interested in community justice or leading across organisational boundaries? Download 'Making the Change', the guide we published with CJVSF and Community Justice Scotland last year.

Partnership approaches: joining the dots for sector surival

With weekly reports about the reputational, financial and existential threats facing the sector, it's understandable to feel overwhelmed. Thankfully, it's also easy to take action.

As they say, it's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. Here are some of the wonderful people sharing the light with others.
The Gannochy Trust: Supporting sector sustainability with a tailored action learning programme for 12 charities working in Perth and Kinross. Importantly, learning is also being shared publicly, good practice that all funders could follow.

Cumbria CVS 'Bedrock Basics' programme: Strengthening and sustaining local capacity with accessible workshops on business planning and strategy.

Action Together: Using the Lasting Difference toolkit with local organisations, supporting stronger communities in Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside. 

Community Action Suffolk: Incorporating Lasting Difference ideas into an already creative and comprehensive suite of sustainability support. 

Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire: One of this year's new Symbol holders, providing action learning programmes to build capacity with peer support.
Your organisation here!
Doing something we should celebrate and share?
Let us know!
Stop press: we will be announcing more funder partnerships soon. Funders and commissioners: give us a shout if you'd like to tailor something for your teams or grantholders later in 2021/22.

Calling all commissioners!

We're leading two ambitious programmes in social care this year. Please share the information below with anyone who might benefit.
Promoting Variety: a systematic guide to improving the choice and provision of short breaks for carers. Supported by an upcoming programme of workshops, the guide helps transform traditional commissioning models and implement recommendations from the Independent Review of Adult Social Care and Self-Directed Support(SDS) principles.
Collaborative Commissioning: Social care providers and planners working together to develop a collaborative, rapid response to the Independent Review of Adult Social Care. If you work in a procurement or commissioning role, we'd love to hear from you. Find out more here.
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