Making a Lasting Difference: Sustaining organisations and their impact


York: Monday 11 November 2019 – York CVS, Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street, York, YO1 6ET

Manchester: Wednesday 13 November 2019 – GMCVO, St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ

Birmingham: Wednesday 20 November 2019 – BVSC, Centre for Voluntary Action, 138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR

London: Wednesday 27 November 2019 – Directory of Social Change, 352 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA


With funding in decline and demand on the rise, charities, social enterprises and public services are struggling for survival and long-term sustainability.

Based on the popular ‘Lasting Difference’ toolkit, these practical workshops introduce the paradoxes, principles and practices of sustainable organisations.  We explore the most common sustainability challenges and why they are more manageable than we might think.  The five ‘sustainability’ capabilities are also introduced, with time for participants to explore their own real-life sustainability challenge or question, among supportive peers:

  • Involvement
  • Income generation
  • Innovation
  • Improvement
  • Impact measurement

The events are particularly suitable for managers and project coordinators but they will also suit trustees, business development people or fundraisers, or anyone who wants to improve the sustainability of their project, organisation or sector. (The learning is just as valuable to membership bodies and funders).

To get the most out of the workshop, we’ll ask you to download the Lasting Difference toolkit and complete the self-assessment in advance. This will prepare you for developing realistic sustainability plans for your project or organisation on completion of the course. By the end of the workshop, you will have:

  • Improved and widened your understanding of sustainability
  • Increased ability to think about sustainability in new ways
  • Gained access to new tools for working on sustainability
  • Increased ability to assess the sustainability of your project,
    organisation or sector
  • Increased ability to make plans for improving sustainability


Please click here to book your place in York, Manchester or Birmingham.

Please click here to book your place in London.

Feedback from previous workshops:

‘Brilliant! This workshop was so valuable, informative and inclusive.’

‘Fantastic workshop and toolkit. Really exciting stuff.’

‘Great content, very useful and immediately actionable with my team. Wonderful energy and excellent presentation skills.’

‘Really good toolkit…especially exit strategies and continuing the lasting difference.’

‘Great workshop! Covered everything in a very comprehensive and easy to understand way.’


About the workshop facilitators:

The Lasting Difference is a programme hosted by Wren and Greyhound Limited. We are a small, forward-thinking management consultancy specialising in sustaining non-profit organisations and their impact since 2006. We aim to make a lasting difference to charities, funders, social enterprises and public bodies, helping them to do the same for the people and issues they serve.

Based in Scotland, we work across the UK with people who want to change the world. And we want to help them to do it. The Lasting Difference toolkit can therefore be downloaded and shared freely, something that has contributed to its use by over 5000 organisations all around the world.  The workshop will be led by one of our core team of experienced consultants, Graeme Reekie, Jen Curran and Laura Lebec, co-authors of the Lasting Difference toolkit. Graeme is also the author of ‘Making a Lasting Difference’, the recently-published book on the same topic available from the Directory of Social Change.

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