Welcome

Welcome to our annual report covering April 2017 – March 2018.  In keeping with our 5-year strategy theme ‘People Build Communities’ we have followed the same format as the past 2 years to present a more graphic representation of our work over the past 12 months.  This allows us to compare and contrast changes and differences each year, whilst presenting a more readable format for our members and funders with the intention of making it easier to understand and to allow us to show you the impact and outcome of our work.

As in previous years, this report can only give you a brief flavour of the extent of our work. But we would highlight 2 major pieces of work started this year.  Firstly, our East Belfast Community Capacity & Leadership Programme (EBBC&LP) targeting 252 people and 42 community groups in 13 super output areas in East Belfast.  Secondly, we have focussed a lot on recording the impact of our work and have developed a computer-based CRM system.  2018-2019 period will be very much a test ground to use the CRM system and for the staff to get comfortable in using it.  This new system will allow us to refine our recording process to ensure we are measuring the impact, focussing on our Mission and our Theory of Change, these are:

Mission

East Belfast Community Development Agency exists to provide resources, support and capacity building programmes for community groups that are based on partnership, equal opportunities and sustainable outcomes.

Theory of Change

EBCDA’s job is to add value to the activity undertaken by groups in local areas and to work with key organisations to ensure the continued development of a community sector in East Belfast that is recognised, valued and effective. We seek to support successful community development, encourage reflective practice and promote cooperation and locally based solutions.