A few comments from recent VINESWORKS clients
"I just wanted to say thank you for today's training and I'm sorry I had to leave early for my train back to Penzance. I found it very worthwhile and has given me lots to think about, as well as providing useful contacts and references."
Learner on "Measuring your social impact" course, delivered by VINESWORKS on behalf of South West Impact Hub (Jan 2014).
"Thanks, that was a really helpful day. You worked us hard and we had fun along the way. It was really valuable in moving us forwards, and I'm full of ideas now for when we meet with commissioners to renegotiate our contract."
Staff member of Infrastructure organisation, July 2013. VINESWORKS facilitated a two organisation away day, focussing on "getting to know you" leading up to probable merger, and reflecting and reviewing the Outcomes and related Aims and Objectives of a major contract the client is about to renegociate.
"As the chair of the working group I valued Helen's knowledge of the subject and personal skills that enabled the group to make informed descisions and reach consensus. A good job well done. Thankyou" ""
Chair, Transport for Your Community Working Group, Feb 2013. VINESWORKS was hired to help the group identify and set up the appropriate legal structure for their new social enterprise.
"Thanks for all this and a HUGE thanks for working with us last Saturday".
CEO Magic Carpet (Arts for Health) October 2012. VINESWORKS planned and facilitated a strategic planning session for trustees and staff.
"Thanks Helen for the attached, this is going to be really useful. Thanks again for all your hard work."
Head Ranger, National Trust Cotehele, June 2012 (production of materials and training delivery for Community Ambassadors Changing Tides scheme)
"It was a great day and most valuable in showing the team what was actually going on, with so much more depth and analysis than we can normally devote to it. Well done Helen, and thanks for keeping us on track!"
Co-ordinator, Devon Community Composting Network (DCCN), who hired Helen to plan and facilitate Strategy Planning Day, August 2011
"Very well presented, exercises about the right length. You have absolutely the right personality for the job - demanding yet pleasant!"
Learner on Outcomes Course, July 2011
“Helen is your first choice for superb facilitation and group planning events. She is creative and professional and can really make a difference to your teams' performance.”
Client who hired Helen to plan and deliver a "tricky" Team Strategy Planning Day
"Helen's experience and knowledge in the environmental sector was invaluable in helping me co-ordinate focus groups in a local community. She was able to put people at ease whilst discussing a sensitive issue related to climate change and flooding. She was brilliant at helping plan the community consultation and helping to co-facilitate the meetings, as well as structuring the focus groups so that I was provided with the best responses possible as well as keeping people focused and on time! Ultimately I gained a lot of input into my PhD project and I am able to use this information in the creation of 3D visualisations. I can highly recommend Helen for having the knowledge (of science particularly in this case) and experience in expertly dealing with people and situations". "".
University of Exeter, PhD Student and mentee.
“It has been a pleasure working with Helen over the years and I look forward to more years of successful collaboration. Intelligent and thoughtful, she makes her work fun and at the same time takes it seriously, which is appreciated by her students. I can wholeheartedly recommend Helen.”
Centre Manager, La Serrania Retreat Centre, Mallorca