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What have we been doing?

Tuesday 17th December 2019

In the six months from April to September 2019 we carried out an independent review of our most recent Strategic Plan to inform the development of the next one. A representative range of people from all levels of the Brigade across England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales took part.

The review consisted of a survey, 19 interviews and three focus groups. The survey received a total of 1,255 full responses representing members across all regions (a full breakdown of respondents by region/role can be found in the report summary at leaders.boys- brigade.org.uk/strategicreview/)

The review has been facilitated by Graeme Reekie, Director of Wren and Greyhound who specialise in outcome-based planning and evaluation, business development and facilitative consultancy helping organisations to sustain and improve their impact.

The remit and rationale for this piece of work was to support sustainability, realising that any future strategic plan must address the big issues affecting us, recognising what needs to be sustained while developing strategies for change.

This opportunity was initially made possible by the Youth United Funding received in England which specifically focused on building stronger foundations for uniformed youth organisations. To begin with it was to focus purely on a strategy and business plan within England however following a number of discussions it was recognised that to fully utilise the opportunity subsequently, the review should be organisation wide. Additional funding was obtained from Scotland and BB Headquarters to support the overall delivery.

‘It is extremely important that the future plan belongs to our members and stakeholders’

This process has required boldness and clarity of our vision. it is extremely important that the future plan for the Brigade belongs to our members and stakeholders, identifying where the organisation needs to be in 5-10 years’ time, based on a shared commitment to ensuring our future.


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