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Active Communities Network
Client Since:
October 2013
FundReady Package:
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Since its establishment in 2007, Active Communities Network has sought to develop new ways of working to improve outcomes for young people and communities.

ACN has offices in London, Belfast, Manchester and Portsmouth, with a strong presence within the most socio – economically disadvantaged communities within these cities and wider areas. The charity also has an international presence, having delivered capacity building programmes for youth and community development organisations located on 5 different continents.

ACN Belfast Laureus Award

Our work

S3 Solutions has been working with Active Communities Network since 2013, providing support during this time in relation to funding application and tender bid writing, project management and development, strategic planning and organisational development. S3 Solutions has supported the charity to secure over £3 million of investment for the delivery of youth services in the form of both grant funding and contracted services. Investment has been secured from major funders and government agencies, including:

    • Belfast City Council
    • The Executive Office (NI Executive)
    • Department for the Economy
    • Department of Communities
    • National Lottery Community Fund

S3 Solutions has also worked closely with the charity in the evolution and growth of the Belfast operations / team from a 2 person team to its current 16 person team. This support has included organisational review exercises, development of funding plans and an ongoing role advising the Joint Chief Executives.