Who are we?
Hi, I’m Ali Draper, the founder of Involving Communities. I have over 25 years experience working with communities in the public, private and third sectors.
In addition to many courses focusing on specific groups in society – and different ways of engaging with them – I studied at the University of Keele, gaining a first class honours degree (BA) in Social Anthropology & Sociology and Applied Social Studies.
This has given me an academic insight into the culture of communities, their formation and cohesion – or otherwise, and an arsenal of techniques and methods for working with and alongside your community (of staff, users of service, beneficiaries and customers).
I consider myself to be a life long learner and have continued my professional development with the Certificate in Professional Fundraising, awarded by the Institute of Fundraising and Open University, and more recently the MA in Voluntary and Public Sectors:Policy and Process.
Involving Communities is a consultancy largely working independently; we work collaboratively with other professionals at times when different skills or more hands are required.
We work with translators and interpreters, graphic designers, legal professionals, and recruit community representatives to support us when necessary and appropriate.
Communities can be of interest or of geography.
A community is a social group who have something in common; it can be as large or as small as you can imagine. A community could be everyone who lives on the same street or in the same village, it can be the staff at your local supermarket, or your team or section at work. A community can be all of the stakeholders of a charity, community group or company.
Where is IC Ltd based?
We’re based in Stafford in the West Midlands.
We are mobile when it matters.
We frequently work at a client’s premises, but can work practically anywhere.
Of course, if we are engaging with your community, we will be out and about where your community works, rests or plays.
Our values of honesty, integrity and commitment are important to us.
We are genuine and straightforward in all our dealings with clients and their communities.
We provide competent and creative services and value for money.
Our drivers are justice, tolerance and equality.