What They say… about our ‘Community Health Check’

November 8, 2012

We have delivered our Community Health Check, which is an interactive Business Organisational review over 90 times in the last year, including for all sizes of groups & orgs including: Voluntary Norfolk, Stevenage CVS, Community Action Peterborough, Cheshunt Extended Services, Stevenage Borough Council, Manchester Refugee & Asylum Charity and Community Matters contracts- please see some feedback comments below:



* Updated 17/07/2014……….. Latest Organisations that have benefited from requesting a Health Check in 2014 include: Lakenheath Peace Memorial Hall Association (Suffolk), Greater Manchester Pakistani Association, Cardea Sports Association ( Peterborough), Eastfields Residents Association (Peterborough), Tang Hall Association (York).


We commissioned Can Do Communities to facilitate Health Checks for 10 of our Community Centres. This exercise creates a space for busy organisations to stop, reflect and plan for the future. The Heath Check is a quick and fun way for community groups to focus on what is important and involves those who are key to developing the organisation.

Colleen Murphy, Neighbourhood Development Manager, Stevenage Borough Council.


“I think this was an outstanding exercise that has enabled all the staff and committee members to participate in reflecting  and planning the future of the organisation. We thoroughly enjoyed the session which was delivered in a very relaxed way. Thank you for making this possible and for your support.”

 Yasmin Ilahi, Manager, Gladstone Community Association, Peterborough.


Just to let you know that we found this a brilliant exercise – making everyone look objectively at the Scheme in considered and cohesive detail.  Well worth doing – I would recommend it to any organisation”

Faye Lloyd, Centre Manager, Stevenage Furniture Recycling Scheme.


“Sixteen of our Community Centres received a Health Check thanks to a succesful bid from us to the Awards for All fund, as a federation we can now examine the results and common areas of need have been flagged up, the Can Do team also have made recommendations and suggested solutions to the issues the groups face, we were delighted with the face to face conversational sessions, it was an enjoyable format watching the results displayed on the big screen”

Ray Baker, Chairman, Community Action Peterborough.


“At Stevenage CVS we were successful with an Awards for All grant, we commissioned ‘Can Do Communities’ to Health Check 10 of our Community Groups, it has enabled us to offer unbiased third party support and expertise to the capacity building and strategic planning locally. It has meant that a relatively small body such as ourselves can extend our reach and offer this key support at very low cost (thanks to Lottery funding) to our members”

Ann Jansz, Chief Executive, Stevenage CVS


“Excellent, I thought it was a really good process, very easy to use, very helpful guys who came and took the session, they made it very relaxed so people felt able to speak their minds”

Elaine Connolly, Irish Network.


As a result of the recommendations made after our Community Health Check we have set up sub groups to lead on Communication, Funding and Planning. Our new Communications Group then presented our Sustainability Plan to local agencies and our Planning Team are leading the collection of evidence for a Quality Mark, all as a result of the Health Check recommendations.”

Patrick Kadaware, Chair, Huntingdon Community Group.


We approached Can Do Communities to undertake a Health Check on our organisation to enable a smooth transition from voluntary group to registered charity. A number of areas were identified during the health check that needed focussed development. This process enabled us to access legal support and guidance that moved the process through very quickly.”

Mick Oliver, CARTS Youth Charity.


“The Community Health check covers all the areas that Community Matters feel are important for community groups to regularly review, and the results should help them plan their future with confidence.”

Richard Bridge, Head Of Consultancy, Community Matters- National Federation of Community Groups.


To find out more information please view the Health Check section on this Website or if you are ready to book call Marvin Symes to discuss your requirements on 01733 200906.


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