Sure Start Tanhouse, Mill Hill and Sudell
Pathways are conducting evaluations for three separate Sure Start programmes
in the North West. The evaluations are focussed on the progress being made
towards Children's Centres; work being done to create an integrated health
team and the impact Sure Start is having on the lives of parents and children.
At a recent 'Evaluation Party' at Sure Start Tanhouse, parent Board Members
gathered the views of other parents through mini workshops and interviews.
“They have produced excellent resources which have guided our work. Their work cuts right to the heart of the matter Ð giving clear insight and a strategic overview.”
Cerys Smyth-Rumsy, Community Development Worker
Community Excursions Project
The Community Excursions Project in Bolton was set up provide free transport
to enable community groups to go on trips and excursions. This evaluation
found that the project enabled local people to access new experiences and
socialise with other residents in the area, so overcoming isolation and fostering
social cohesion. The Evaluation has been written up in a newsletter format,
highlighting the project's successes and the challenges for the future.
Lancashire Wildlife Trust Volunteer Evaluation
The Wildlife Trust depends on volunteer effort to deliver its varied environmental
projects. Pathways helped the Trust to evaluate how well the volunteer programme
was working and then devised a strategy to develop volunteering within the
organisation. The work was funded by the Barings Foundation and guided throughout
by a steering group of volunteers and staff. The final strategy included
detailed project briefs for 20 new initiatives.
“Our techniques give an opportunity to raise the level of the debate and to broaden the discussion to reflect the real complexities of addressing social issues.”
May Molteno, Pathways