Two teams from Frazer-Nash are helping charities to reach out to their members and supporters online, through taking part in the Association for Project Management (APM) South Wales and West of England (SWWE) Project Management Challenge competition.
Project Mentor, Iain Morton, describes what the challenge involves: “The APM Challenge provides early-career professionals with the opportunity to manage and deliver a project for a local charity, in competition with their peers. It aims to improve the project management skills of the individuals taking part, in a real-life environment, whilst supporting a good cause. This challenge runs over a number of months and culminates in a prestigious awards night.
“This year, Frazer-Nash has put forward two teams for the APM Challenge competition: Team AltruAdvocate and Team IKB, who are helping enhance the web presence of The Forest of Avon Trust and Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service. We’re really proud of their commitment to making a difference to the work of the two charities.”
Project Manager for Team AltruAdvocate, John Bull, outlined the work that the team is undertaking:
“We are working with The Forest of Avon Trust, which is a charity committed to delivering the benefits of trees and woodlands to people across the Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire and Somerset areas. We’ll be helping the charity in its goal to create an online hub, where all who are interested in tree-planting can collaborate in the communication and planning of events.
“By producing an options appraisal, assessing several potential delivery model options, we will provide the trust with an overview of the most practicable, cost-effective and reliable means to develop and operate its hub.”
Emma Tierney, Project Manager for Team IKB described their project:
“Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service (EVS) is our chosen charity. Freewheelers delivers a lifesaving service to the NHS in South West England, transporting blood, neo-natal milk supplies, pathology specimens and other medical supplies, such as Covid-19 test samples, to laboratories by special liveried motorbikes (known as blood bikes). Run entirely by volunteers, in 2019 the charity made over 6,000 deliveries and covered 170,000 miles.
“We’ll be supporting the charity by helping it to improve the usability of its website, including the user interface, online shop, document repository and social media links. This could help increase awareness of its presence, maintain connections to its supporters and stakeholders, and encourage additional donations. We’ll also be providing an accompanying training package.”
Project Sponsor, Nick Jones, said:
“We are delighted to once again support two great charities as part of the APM’s Project Challenge. I welcome the opportunity for our team to demonstrate their skills and commitment to these good causes, and hope they can repeat the success of last year’s team by reaching the finals.”
To find out more about the APM Challenge, visit https://www.apm.org.uk/.