Running a community group is no easy task. Group leaders must juggle an ever-changing array of operational tasks and responsibilities, alongside delivering their core services and activities. It’s made even more challenging having to do this on shoestring budgets, often with just the support of a small team of staff or volunteers.
To help community groups sustain and grow their activities, we’ve developed the Sported Capacity Model. Through in-depth interviews, research and sector consultation we’ve identified all the things a group needs to have in place to make sure they are here for the long-term.
By looking beyond sound finances and evaluating an organisation’s overall health across five core areas, we help group leaders identify their strengths, areas for improvement and where they could benefit from Sported support.
To find out more about the Sported Capacity Model, please click HERE.
Why is capacity building important?
• Helps community groups make the most out of their funding by delivering their services more efficiently and effectively
• With robust business and financial plans and the appropriate organisational support structures in place, group leaders can dedicate more of their time to programme delivery and activities which positively impacts young people’s lives
• Recognises and rewards success by sustaining and building upon established and proven programmes and services (e.g. demonstrating impact to prospective funders through measurement and evaluation)
• Identifies and minimises the organisational risk factors which can compromise a group’s long-term sustainability (e.g. diversifying income streams, succession planning, limited volunteers, poor governance)
• Strategic planning and forecasting encourages longer-term thinking, particularly around funding and programme delivery
• Helps to identify knowledge and expertise gaps within the organisation (e.g. having a diverse and representative committee)
Our members’ strengths and challenges
An analysis of Sported’s members’ organisational capacity and needs shows that their strengths lay in:
• Connecting with young people
• Having staff and volunteers with the right knowledge
• Engaging diverse participants
• Responding to local needs
But they typically struggle and need support in the following areas:
• Finances (sufficient reserves, diversifying income streams, generating funds)
• Demonstrating their impact
• Strategic planning