Consultancy offer for VCSEs

Newcastle University is inviting voluntary, community and social enterprises to participate in and benefit from an exclusive opportunity to develop practical solutions to current challenges that your organisation may face. The aim is to collaborate with a small team of enthusiastic students, who will apply their valuable and diverse experience and expertise and provide you with relevant, real world solutions to those challenges, over the course of a 9-week University module project 'Developing Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Employability'.

Previous projects include:

  • One of our student groups worked with a very small charity working with elderly Chinese communities who wanted to increase funds and activities for their members and be less dependent on funding to carry out the activities they knew their members liked.  The student group were able to source more affordable means for hosting current activities, linked the organisation up to a relevant student society for ongoing voluntary support and made suggestions for a new membership package and potential revenue streams. 
  • Another student group worked with a charity running a kids social group that wanted to find better ways to connect the young people and a few solutions were taken further; the students conducted a feasibility study, which although showed the suggestion wasn’t likely to work, this saved the time and expense of the charity testing it themselves; the students also ran a successful competition for the young people and the charity learned much from this.

Organisations we have worked with have noted the positive experience and impact of introducing a fresh perspective on issues they have faced in their activities. Often, these are key challenges to overcome in order to progress the business, but they rarely have the time to dedicate to solving in-house.   

If you are interested in finding out more, read the guidance notes and contact victoria.mountford@ncl.ac.uk with any queries or for further information. 

There will be a meet and greet with student groups on Wednesday 13 February 2019 and the work is expected to be completed by the presentation event on Wednesday 27 March.