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Leeds’ grassroots development accelerator

Leeds Elsie was founded about two years ago by local social entrepreneur Mike Chitty, a vision for an open, collaborative forum to
help developing projects crowdsource new ideas, new connections, and new sources of support. And, with some great success stories under our belt already, we’re currently having a bit of a growth spurt.

 

Elsie’s approach is based on helping clients to think differently about their projects. It exists to provide an extra boost where it’s needed, to enable new enterprises to grow through community engagement, and to be a friendly forum where ideas can be shared freely and openly. It may be a business, a campaign, a community group or any other project that you’re developing, all kinds of venture are welcome to pitch up and seek support. It is for anyone who is looking to make progress, but needs a bit of a boost.

 

And Elsie is free and open to all; anyone who is looking for a bit of extra help or believes they have something to contribute can join in.

 

Elsie runs meetings where client projects are presented to a diverse panel of local Elsie members. On joining Elsie, all new members attend Elsie Training, which demonstrates the Elsie method and ethos and ensures that all members know exactly what to expect at their first meeting, so they can immediately contribute effectively and know how to help people without breaching confidentiality. Once trained, new members are able to attend panel meetings and start offering their help to local projects.

 

Clients don’t present their projects directly. Instead, Elsie Advocates bring client stories to panel meetings to seek advice, support,
introductions and guidance on their behalf.  An advocate can be anyone who is already supporting your enterprise; a friend, business partner, relative, even a paid advisor or coach. Elsie can also help any client who doesn’t have someone to serve as their Advocate to match up with an Elsie member who can represent them.

 

Before each meeting, Elsie Advocates work with the person or organisation they’re representing to specify exactly what help is required from the panel. Then they get 30 minutes to work with the Elsie panel to help the client gain suggestions, introductions, advice and guidance that they will bring back to the client to consider and act upon as they see fit.

 

And the client isn’t present in the room when their project is presented by their advocate. This ensures confidentiality, impartiality and openness. It enables panel members to be sure that they can speak freely and offer honest advice. And it enables the client to remain anonymous if they wish, and to choose if, when and how they follow up on the suggestions and guidance that the panel offers.

 

Elsie meetings are fun, fast moving, practically focussed and above all helpful – and not just for the people who are seeking support. The Elsie model provides a way for all members to broaden their horizons, improve their awareness of what’s going on in their community, and think about a wide range of problems in ways that aren’t circumscribed by formal procedures.

 

Would youlike to present your enterprise to an Elsie panel, or join Elsie as a panel member? You can contact any of the current Elsie Steering Group for an initial chat. We’re currently running panel meetings every two months, with members’ socials at the Victoria Hotel pub near Millennium Square in our off-months.

 

Take a look at our website, too, http://leedscommunityenterprise.wordpress.com/

 

Steering Group Members (in no particular order!):

 

Mike Chitty:
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Andy Bagley:
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Sharon Ward:
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Understanding the communication process in the workplace (ilm L3) 20 Aug 13

ILM module

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Community rights and land

ISSUE 512, JUNE 2013 *SPECIAL FOCUS ON COMMUNITY RIGHTS*

 
Martin Large: Developing exemplar models for creating common wealth

Martin Large's aim is to 'reclaim our common wealth' and his work has enabled the development of community-owned land and housing. Here he talks through the emerging models to ensure common wealth and argues for tri-sectoral partnerships to preserve and steward our commons.

 
How to… encourage community management of coastal areas

The Crown Estate is responsible for the management of much of the UK's coastline. In recent years it has taken steps to allow the local community to play a more active role through the introduction of local management agreement.

 
Public land: liability or asset?

As local authorities come under pressure to divest their woodlands, parks and green spaces, we need a radical rethink of how we manage land, argues Mark Walton.

 
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