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Making a Difference
Setting up Sustainable, Community-Based Projects

By Pamela Walker

Making a Difference

Pamela Walker is a Development Manager for a national food charity. She has over thirty years’ experience of developing community-based projects and managing volunteers, directly supporting rough sleepers, vulnerably housed people, ex-offenders, people with substance misuse issues, those with mental health challenges, women and children who have experienced domestic violence, and many other groups in need of help.

What a fantastic book. I wish I had this to hand 10 years ago when I started my journey with FoodCycle. This book covers every eventuality and will help all social entrepreneurs set up fantastic community Projects which are needed now more than ever. The guidance in this book is invaluable even for organisations as old as FoodCycle: a very worthwhile read. - Mary McGrath, MBE. CEO of Foodcycle.

Making a Difference is a book which aims to help bring about positive change within communities in England and Wales. It  is distinctive in being a practical ‘How To’ guide rather than a ‘Why Should’ argument. It provides a practical step-by-step guide for anyone who wants to set up a project or introduce a service that would benefit a significant number of vulnerable or excluded people, at any age, within their local communities, and which is sustainable for a long period of time.


The author draws on many years of experience within the charity sector to guide the reader through the process, explaining each stage clearly and precisely. The reader will be able to identify and develop key information about their project – why it’s necessary, what it will involve and how to approach it, what challenges might be encountered and how to avoid and overcome them. An example of a project, which runs through the whole book, enables the reader to see how each stage might apply to a real-life scenario. Packed with reassurance and useful insights into the workings of the Third Sector, this is an indispensable guide to making the world a better place. 


Additional Information:

Published 2023 (Ortus/Free Association Books) - ISBN: 9781911383833 -

300 pages - Paperback

Rights: World

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