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Plant Dewi's "transformative" award

Following an intense application process, Plant Dewi, the St Davids diocesan children’s project, was successful in gaining the Weston Pilotlight Award 2020 in May this year. Out of 200 third sector organisations across the UK, we were delighted to be one of the chosen 20, says Manager, Catrin Eldred

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So, what does this mean? Since 2003, the Pilotlight programme has been transforming charities to be more effective, efficient and sustainable. We have been allocated a Project Manager to work with us, along with four Pilotlighters, who come from various private and public sector organisations, to support and help us fulfil our desired outcomes through coaching and mentoring. We have also received a £6,500 core grant to support our work relating to this programme.

The induction began back in June when Delyth Wilson, Chair of St Davids Diocesan Council for Social Responsibility, and I attended a launch – online, of course, in light of the pandemic. This would normally have been held in London and we very much hope that we get a chance to meet our team in person before the project ends later on next year.

The programme consists of 10 meetings, usually every 4-6 weeks, and our first three months has given us a chance to share all the necessary information about Plant Dewi relating to our mission statement, vision and values, project aims, governance, management structure and financial situation to ensure that all involved have a clear overview of our organisation.

The meetings have been a chance for the Trustees, staff and me to get involved and look at who our service users are, their needs, the activities provided and our desired outcomes. It’s been so interesting to map these different things and discuss it as a team – something that has never been done before, but which will feature regularly in our team meetings in the future.

We are currently at the stage where we are putting together up to four aims which we will work towards over the coming months to enable us to grow and strengthen, which is so important with all the uncertainty surrounding us.

This opportunity has come at an ideal time for Plant Dewi and we are excited to be embarking on this journey with professional guidance to strengthen weaker areas and to enable the organisation to continue growing and responding to the communities across the Diocese of St Davids.