Welcome to April Lewis CIC
In March 2016 April set up April Lewis CIC, a not-for-profit Community Interest Company that aims to provide benefit to the people in Staffordshire and the wider area through the promotion and provision of positive living activities for example healthy eating, positive wellbeing and physical activity sessions.
April Lewis offers a specialist community development service including project development, management, training, mentoring and resource development. The focus of this work is on improving communication, reducing the fear of crime, building positive relationships between people of a different generation, encouraging pro-social behaviour, supporting healthy communities and on celebrating the positive resources that people of difference have to offer each other.
April has many years experience of writing successful project proposals and funding bids to a range of funding providers including national and local sources, therefore if groups or individuals would like support with writing a funding application this service is also available
Consultancy services on offer
The project development service includes the development of a project or programme of work in response to local needs; planning for a successful project, funding application support, project delivery, measuring and celebrating success. Projects that have been developed in other areas include a gardening project, fishing, in-door games, a fashion show and dance, photography and arts projects.
Project management service is ideal for the group or organisations that do not currently have the capacity to co-ordinate and manage a project or longer term programme of work. Projects that have been delivered in other areas include people of different generations and cultures cooking together, a community allotment and an oral history education project.
The training section of the service includes team building, project planning, community engagement, interview techniques, participation, assessing risk, project delivery, monitoring and evaluation. This is ideal for paid staff or volunteers and has a strong focus on increasing confidence and capacity building. This bespoke service can also include one to one mentoring on-line, by telephone or in the work place.
Resource development service is perfect for workers to use with their own communities and is suitable for all ages and abilities. April specialises in developing material that is suitable for children and young people or for adults who have communication or learning disabilities. Examples include a reminiscence pack for older adults, a set of five resource packs for volunteer youth workers and resources on Positive Ageing for adults with learning disabilities.