During the last five years CAH has reshaped itself, in order to focus clearly on its support services to the not-for-profit sector.
We transferred our direct care and transport services to other organisations, enabling us to purchase Beaconsfield House. This asset gives us security during the economic crisis, with the consequent loss of much state funding.
CAH has built a strong reputation for its social enterprise support - initially through the recruitment of Cris Jezard,a recognised specialist, and, subsequently, through the establishment of the Hampshire School for Social Entrepreneurs. Despite Cris’s sad and untimely death, in early 2011, a strong legacy of support to social enterprise and social entrepreneurs remains.
The School developed from our Centre of Excellence for Learning and Development which, during the three years of the project, achieved an excellent reputation for the delivery of accredited training to the sector.
CAH’s portfolio of services remains a mix of the established and the new. We continue to provide support to rural communities and for the provision of affordable rural housing. Successive governments have encouraged the sector to undertake a greater role in the provision of state services. Now more than ever, our policy and information service needs to keep the sector informed.
Our team is smaller than it was five years ago, but a good support organisation cannot be measured by the size of its staff team or turnover. We remain committed to providing the highest quality support to the wider not-for-profit sector, representing its voice and needs to the best of our ability.
We have received generous support from many funders, but principally Hampshire County Council; Action with Communities in Rural England; European Social Fund; BIG Lottery Fund; the HARAH partnership; Skills Funding Agency; and Capacitybuilders. Thank you!
This year we have produced a Five Year Impact Review instead of our usual Annual Review. We think this clearly demonstrates our position as one of the most effective development agencies for the not-for-profit sector in the region. We look forward to continuing and developing this work over the next five years and beyond.