Stephen Woollett

Helping social purpose organisations be effective, sustainable and independent.
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Stephen Woollett

Stephen Woollett has over thirty years’ experience advising and championing the social purpose sector and working with public bodies across the South West.

He helps organisations with fresh thinking, new ideas and the opportunity to think and act strategically. Stephen also works with public agencies to help them maximise the potential of the social purpose sector in delivering social action.
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Our Services

  • For Social Purpose Organisations
  • For Public bodies
  • Support for Social Purpose Organisations
    Your needs Our support

    We know we need to demonstrate impact but not sure where to start

    • A Theory of Change
    • Impact Measurement Tools
    • Impact Reporting

    We are too dependent on one or two sources of funding

    • Funding/Income Strategy
    • Sustainability Planning
    • Business Development

    We are pre-occupied with the operational – no time to think strategically

    • Strategic Planning
    • Organisation Strengths Review
    • Policy Scanning

    We need partners to bid for contracts – but who and how?

    • Partner Mapping
    • Partnership Governance
    • Partner Finding Tools

    We know there are potential funders out there but don’t have the capacity to bid

    • Bid writing
    • Funder Research
    • Funding Critical Friend

    Commissioners want social value but we are not sure how to measure ours  

    • Social Value Analysis/Mapping
    • Social Value Reporting

    Our Chief Exec is leaving and we need to maintain impetus while we recruit a successor

    • Interim Management
    • Trustee Support
    • Strategic Advice

    We need someone independent to help us all participate in discussions

    • Independent Chairing
    • Facilitation
  • Support for Public bodies
    Your needs Our support

    We want to better understand who the potential providers are and need independent help to map the market

    • Social purpose sector mapping

    We need to maximise the social value from our contracts

    • Social value frameworks for entire service areas and individual procurement exercises

    We need to robustly measure the impact of projects we are supporting

    • Project evaluation and impact measurement.
    • Impact measurement frameworks

    We must get organisations working more collaboratively

    • Independent brokerage and facilitation for partnerships

    There are key organisations needing help with long term sustainability

    • Consultancy support for individual organisations

These are just some of the services we offer; we are happy to talk about any support needs you have and refer you on to others if we don’t have the expertise. We have good links with a range of consultants with specialist expertise.

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Until June 2017 Stephen was Chief Executive of South West Forum – championing the sector with government and public bodies, helping organisations think and act strategically and delivering and managing consultancy support for a wide range of small and medium size organisations.

He has lived and worked in the South West for over thirty years and understands the particular challenges, opportunities and structures of the region very well.

What Clients Say

  • "Steve was knowledgeable and very approachable, so that I felt I could easily ask for advice on a variety of subjects. He was very flexible in his approach and tailored the work to the specific needs of our charity, giving me lots of informal advice when needed."
    - South West based charity helping young children to feel and be safe.

  • "Steve has a very broad depth of knowledge He understands issues facing the voluntary sector. He was able to engage very effectively with all levels within our organisation. He was highly intuitive at understanding our local relationships and was highly professional in dealing with some of the local agendas that were going on at the time."
    - Volunteer Centre

  • "Steve provided a fully interactive session which really made us focus on what we were trying to achieve. We were challenged to reflect on organisational values and outcomes and how these affect the overall impact of our work. As a result of the session we have gone on to develop a framework for Impact Measurement."
    - Devon charity empowering people with disabilities

* These testimonials relate to consultancy led by Stephen Woollett while working for South West Forum.