Wednesday, 15 August 2012

The Ripple Effect

The "Ripple Effect" can take many forms and there are numerous definitions. Understanding our impact is quite often difficult to measure, quantify or gauge.

"In sociology, it can be observed how social interactions can affect situations not directly related to the initial interaction, and in charitable activities where information can be disseminated and passed from community to community to broaden its impact." Wikipedia

Since my initial blog I have met many more people from various organisations, all extremely busy in numerous ways. Raising money and awareness; helping to understand their communities; challenging the status quo as well as building bridges and alliances.

Over the last few weeks, most of us have marvelled at what our Olympians have achieved. Whatever their starting point in life, their dedication and resilience has held us all in awe. So in my post Olympic blues I got to thinking about what we all do and what journeys we are taking; how we are challenging ourselves to be better and stronger, not in the sense of our Olympians but as representatives of our families, employers and most importantly communities.

In the Leeds City Region for instance there is a great piece of work underway called "5,3,1" and no it's not got Ted Rogers or Dusty Bin in it!  The programme is based around the following:-

  • Five things you can do;
  • Three reasons to do them; and
  • One positive outcome

Have a look and encourage businesses you know to think about signing up for the programme.

On the community funding side of things, I met the charming lady called Sally-Anne Greenfield and she was extremely generous with her time, particularly in explaining the aims of the foundation and the funding it can help community groups access. More to follow on this in coming weeks and months.

Nearer to home I met up with Matthew Norton from Lloyds Bank who runs their volunteering programme in the North of England, whilst also running his own charity in Kenya! His next challenge is to engage colleagues in a bigger "Ride the World" cycle race where he is hoping our collective pedal power will raise £240k for Save the Children. Also he told me that around 25% of colleagues volunteered in 2011 and I think this number is continuing to grow. Go on, you can feel proud!

Last but definitely not least. I spent four very enjoyable hours with three of Leeds finest Community Inspectors. I wont embarress them by name, but take it from me Policing has changed!

With their help and community links, I am hoping to be able to update you shortly with some of the projects I will be seeking your help with. You have been warned!

Anyway if you have been away I hope it was a time for relaxation and if you are due to get away shortly, do enjoy the time with your family and friends.

All the best