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About us

Community Training Partners is social enterprise, providing a range of consultancy, including evaluations, staff training and coaching and business planning for social enterprises and community projects. It was set up in 2005 by Don Macdonald, who had previously worked as an independent consultant.

Don was the founding CEO of the Foyer Federation, he has developed and managed social enterprises, he has managed projects and teams for St Mungo’s, local authorities and colleges, Rainer Foundation and other charities and acted as trustee or committee member for London Football Journeys, Comic Relief and other charities. Don worked as a youth and community leader and has taught at Greenwich University, Goldsmiths College and other institutions. Publications include “Skills for Life” with Annabel Jackson for Crisis. He worked for 3 months in Myanmar for the British Council, training and mentoring local NGO and social enterprise managers.

Charles Oham joined in 2015, bringing further expertise in social enterprise, through his experience as a director and board member of different social enterprises, including First Fruit. He is a Senior Lecturer Greenwich University and has also taught at the Open University and University of East London and published a range of papers. Charles has advised the Church Urban Fund, local CVSs and other community organisations and delivered training for UnLtd, Westminster Drug project and numerous other organisations. Projects include a capital literacy project (www.capitalliteracy.org ).

We work with other associates to provide specialist experience for specific projects when necessary, including Annabel Jackson of AJA Associates.

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The vision of Community Training Partners is to support the sound development of social enterprises and other community organisations, both in the UK and the developing world. We are a social enterprise that ploughs back its profits to promote good practice through: Providing a range of consultancy, including evaluations, research and business planning for social enterprises and community projects

Organising and delivering training, coaching and staff development Writing and publishing publications, both online and in print Supporting and setting up community libraries, University Libraries and Schools in the Developing World

Community Training Partners was set up because we believe successful social entrepreneurship and community development are key ingredients of economic growth and community cohesion, and it is our mission to demonstrate the benefits of good practice based on research, evaluation and knowledge exchange within these fields.

Community Training Partners’ Clients

Consultancy clients include

Westminster Drug Project British Council Myanmar Crisis Shell Livewire London & Quadrant HA Places for People HA Riverside HA Countryside Housing Liverpool Housing Trust Potential Mentoring Empowering Families Clear Voice Media Reconnectus UK Online Suitcase Media Kentish Town Youth Project Blackfriars Settlement

Teaching includes:

Greenwich University Goldsmiths College Roehampton University

Conferences organised for:

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British Council Social Enterprise Consultancy Programme - Burma