I applied for an Arts Council of Wales bursary to attend the Small-Scale Development Programme (SSDP) because the opportunity arose at exactly the right time. Celf-Able has reached a point where it needs to consider how to grow going forward, and the SSDP seemed ideal as it would help us think strategically about this.
I greatly enjoyed meeting and working with the other delegates, some were from similarly small organisations to Celf-Able, some from slightly larger organisations. There was a great deal of experience and expertise and people shared freely and willingly. What was evident was that most of us don’t get much time to sit back and reflect and look at our organisations with a good overview, but this is crucial to sustainable development.
We were shown and had a chance to try out a number of tools and techniques, I will take these back to Celf-Able and we can go through them together as a group to work out where we need to go next. We will make time at board meetings for strategic planning, so that we are not chasing our own tails. Sometimes it is easy to get lost in the day-to-day running of an organisation and lose sight of the overall vision and mission, but now we are aware of and have the tools for strategic thinking we will make best use of them.
The residential was packed and intense, we were given so much information and so much to think about. It would have been good to maybe have another day or half-day, so that there would have been time to reflect individually on what we had learned. Since coming home I have been processing everything, and look forward to sharing it with the group, we will set a date and devote some time to working out where we’re at and what are our next steps.
I would like to thank the Arts Council of Wales for the opportunity to attend the course, and Lucy, Abby, Helen, Mel and Jo from the AMA for making it so informative and enjoyable.