Closer to home, we have spent time supporting our local playgroup with its financial plan.
The support we receive from The Waterloo Foundation enables us to work with small organisations such as PONT and our local playgroup who would otherwise not be able to have access to such support.
Retaining Remarkable People
This year we now have 56 Advisors who all contribute to Caplor Horizons. We have managed to retain the same Advisors from the beginning of our journey as well as expand with welcoming others. This is because relationships are at the heart of how we work
We have focused on our relationships in a number of ways this quarter
Firstly, we are carrying our Talent Team Reviews with each one of Advisors to hear how they have found their experience with Caplor Horizons and what we can do in the future to improve. These reviews are being carried out by our Talent Team - led by Sandy Hanson and Liv Sawyer
Feedback so far from our Advisors has been wonderful and has captured the sense of family within our community:
“it feels like a family at the Caplor Community days, I’ve got really good friends there – some old some much more recent. Even when new people join, you immediately feel that they are part of the team. - It’s the energy, but also that fact that the people there share the same values and common purpose”
“everybody matters – whatever you do or say it’s welcomed"
“I really love those days, they’re really inspiring at the end of the day you feel energised”
Recognizing that relationships are fundamental to how we work and to the success of Caplor Horizons, Geoff Cox led a profound exercise and discussion at the last Caplor Community day that aimed to analyse how we maintain our strong relationships and sense of family as we grow and develop in the future.
This year, our team of Advisors have contributed over 580 volunteer days! So a huge appreciation to everyone who has helped us in so many ways.
Overcoming challenges and continuing learning
As well as reflecting on what we have achieved, we also considered what the main challenges we have faced and what the learning has been because of these.
The most important challenge we face is ensuring that our relationships remain positive, effective and diverse.
Second is balancing working in the business with working on the business and thirdly, focusing on all of our strategic priorities, not just the majority.
Our learning from the above is that we need to keep embedding our culture, to keep up momentum on achieivng practical results, and keep our concentration on delivering all five of our strategic proporities
Looking ahead to the Horizon
As we move into the next quarter, and the next year of our strategy, there are several exciting opportunities and activities happening.
We will be beginning a new Leadership Development Programme with the Methodist, London based charity, All We Can, this will involve a number of our Advisors such as Lord Paul (Tyler) and Peter (Moore) and will begin with four sessions throughout next year to help develop the capacity of All We Can as well as share the learning with the organisation's many partners across the world.
We will be working closely with Edmund Rice to help them develop their Global Strategic Direction for the development work of the congregation. This work has stemmed from an ongoing, positive relationship with Edmund Rice and the wider network. For example, recently we worked with the Edmund Rice Network in the UK to help them with their vision and future planning.
Other strategy work we will be involved in in coming months, will be working with SWAN Advocacy, who provide support to individuals who are disadvantaged and experiencing marginalization due to attitudes towards old age, illness or disability.
We are very excited about an opportunity to collaborate with BOND, the UK umbrella body for NGOs. Firstly, we will be leading a session on the 'Evolution of NGO Leadership' at the annual conference in London. As well as working with business leaders over a series breakfast meetings led by Hannah (Newcombe) to explore partnerships between charities and businesses.
We will also be continuing our work to develop Caplor Horizons - notably with discussions and creative thinking over our next strategy from 2018-2021.
In addition to this, we will be hosting our first 'Think Tank Day' with Professor Sharon (Turnbull), focusing on issues relevant to the not-for-profit sector and how we can overcome them. We hope these days will enable us to produce knowledge that is helpful to the sector, increasing our wider influence. We will also use these opportunities as a way of experimenting with new technology as a way of bringing voices and ideas together to create maximum impact.