People United helps and supports individuals, organisations and bodies.
We are an organisation with extensive experience of thinking, reflecting and running innovative projects; and we are keen to help others to develop their own work. We do not run projects for people; but we listen, advise, inspire, challenge and guide, so they can deliver their own programmes more effectively.
The most popular areas of guidance that we are involved in are:
- Community engagement (including replication of our projects in different contexts)
- Research and evaluation
- Values in practice (within an organisation)
- As a sounding board and critical friend
- Talks and presentations
The defining characteristics of our guidance is our emphasis on starting with the positive, taking time to reflect and listen, being open and flexible, not pretending we know all the answers and being enthusiastic for imaginative change. These are typically led by Tom Andrews, Jo Broadwood or Sarah Fox.
We also mentor and support a number of individuals and organisations that share our values on a pro-bono basis.
It was a great pleasure to work with Tom Andrews on our Happiness project... He managed to support us through our moments of uncertainty and grumpiness, keeping us focussed on the importance of work which looks at altruism in a totally non judgemental and perceptive way. We worked with Tom over a six month period and found his knowledge about the subject and obvious enthusiasm a real inspiration. Northern Stage would have no hesitation in recommending People United to anyone interested in developing work in this area.
- Kylie Lloyd, Director of Participation, Northern Stage
Just to say thank you on so much for Lucy's input - we are now full of fresh ideas to work in alongside some of our more traditional approaches. Lucy is extremely generous with her ideas and brings out the very best in everyone.
- Manda Gifford, Coastal Museums Officer, Canterbury City Council
Tom is enthusiastic, ambitious and very open. His conviction that kindness can bring about social change is inspirational and his experience a valuable resource to anyone who wants to understand anything about engaging creatively with communities and community cohesion.
- Rachael Dodd & Mir Jansen, programme managers, Yorkshire Artspace, Sheffield