My name is Alison Belshaw. I’ve worked for many years helping small organisations and community businesses to find their feet. I’d love to talk to you if you think that I could help you too.
Social enterprise and community business is my main experience and interest. I want to help the sector succeed and become financially sustainable. I develop cooperative ways of working, giving people the chance to show what they can do through actually doing it, finding consensus and facilitating change.
I’m particularly interested in supporting people in leadership roles in community organisations. It can often be a lonely and quite difficult place, caught between operational, financial and people management on a day-to-day basis and strategy with the Board or Trustees.
I’m a project manager and trainer with more than 12 years’ experience in establishing, developing and running social enterprises, predominantly in and around Bristol and Somerset. Prior to that I have 20 years of experience of community and attitude change campaigning work.
I’m experienced in working in multi-organisation partnerships, advising and reporting directly to Boards of Directors, as well as in staff management, applying for and delivering projects funded through grants, and many aspects of development and change. I like to identify opportunities and work out how to implement them. Now, I really like to help others do those things.
I’ve learnt a so much – particularly around making sense out of mess and finding ways through entrenched problems and issues! I enjoy helping to navigate change with openness, honesty and integrity.
I am a facilitator, trainer and Action Learning Facilitator and a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs having completed the Community Business Trade Up Programme in 2018.
I can help you wherever you are. I am Bristol based and all of my work is delivered via Zoom, through email and telephone calls.
You can find more details of my experience on my LinkedIn profile