changes was established in 2005 and is owned by its 3 Directors: Jill Bedford, Sue Gorbing & Sal Hampson
Jill has over 25 years experience of working within the not for profit and public sectors; from small self help groups and political and campaigning groups, through to larger organisations which deliver services to communities. She has extensive experience in writing training handbooks, publications, training courses and course materials. Her publications include:
- ‘Everywoman’s Health; a resource book for working with groups’, 1993, Health Education Authority (with Linda Pepper)
- ‘Women Together: a health education training handbook’, 1992, Health Education Authority (with Linda Pepper).
- Take Part National Learning Framework for active citizenship learning, written with London Civic Forum.
Jill is a Governor of South Staffs and Shropshire Healthcare Trust and was a member of the Community Development Journal Editorial Board (Oxford University Press) 2003 – 2011. She has been a Board member of several local and national charities. She has supported voluntary and community organisations in developing and improving their governance structures and has over 30 years experience of local voluntary/community activity and campaigning. Jill is an Associate Lecturer for the Open University introduction to Health and Social Care course and K118 – Perspectives in Healthcare . Jill has a B.A. Hons in Geography, a B.A. Hons in Psychology and an M.A. in Education.
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Sue has extensive experience of working in the community, voluntary and public sectors, including local government. She has a particular interest in interagency working and community engagement and the gap between policy and practice. Sue has worked around women and equality issues for many years and has developed specific work on women and citizenship. She has developed training on ‘dealing with aggression in the workplace’, team building, conflict resolution, coaching skills, assertiveness skills and personal development.
Sue has a B.A. Hons in Social Sciences, an M.Soc.Sci. in Local Government Studies and an M.Jur. in Socio Legal Research. She is currently on the Board of West Mercia Women’s Aid; was Chair of the Community Development Exchange 2011-13 and has served on the Board of West Mercia Police Independent Advisory Board.
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Sal worked full-time for changes 2005 – 2015 and is now a Director and Associate. She has over 15 years experience in community development, community engagement, partnership working, infrastructure development and facilitation of public/voluntary sector interface. Sal has extensive experience of managing and delivering contracts, working with public, voluntary and community sectors. She has taken the lead on the development of a series of practical workbooks: Made to measure: impact self-assessment, Finding Your Voice: Influencing with integrity and ‘Raising Your Voice: enabling community organisations to become more effective champions of social justice” and takes the lead on designing changes’ online resources. She also took part in the NEF Social Return On Investment training in November 2013.
Sal has a Diploma in Education, a B.A. Hons in Community Studies and an M.A. in Criminal Justice Studies.
Jill and Sue have been working together since 1996 (known as Working for Change), during which time they pioneered a number of accredited training courses, including ‘Women working in communities’ and ‘Impact: Women active in community and public life’, funded by the Civil Renewal Unit as part of the Active Learning for Active Citizenship national initiative. They have undertaken training and consultancy contracts in the fields of community development, criminal justice, training the trainers and group skills, health, community education, social enterprise development, social/community research and evaluation, and voluntary sector development work. They have also written: Community Research: Getting Started for ARVAC (Association for Research in the Voluntary and Community sectors) ; a postgraduate distance learning module around Leadership in the NHS for the Open University Business School; an online distance learning course for managers of Social Firms.
Sal joined up with Jill and Sue in October 2005 to form the changes partnership, which became a company limited by shares in January 2011. The Company embraces the principles of the workers cooperative: a system of ethical, fair, and collaborative ownership.