The Black Prince Trust, an inspiring community sports hub in Vauxhall, seeks support to improve measurement of our social impact and develop a strategy to engage local businesses in our work.

The Black Prince Trust (BPT) exists to inspire, engage and support the health and wellbeing of the local community in the Prince’s Ward in the Kennington/Vauxhall area of Lambeth, South London. The Prince’s Ward is one of the highest areas of deprivation in London and has above average levels of social issues including childhood obesity, educational under attainment and unemployment.

What we do

BPT supports the local community through managing the Black Prince Community Hub; a 2.5 acre inclusive, inter-generational community sports and physical activity centre focussed on creating opportunities in life skills, training, education, healthcare, employability for the local population.

BPT works in collaboration with multiple partners to deliver sports and physical activity programmes to engage people in various aspects of their wellbeing to achieve social impact (Sport for Development). Many of the sessions are provided free at the point of use.

We are seeking the help of a Beyond Me team with monitoring and evaluation (M&E) experience to help us to effectively measure the social impact created through participation in the activities provided at the Hub. Over 200,000 people visit BPT each year and we currently capture a range of data on our Upshot M&E system from headcount across all programmes to name, age, postcode, gender and ethnicity in certain activities. Separately, we have also performed significant research into the needs and issues of the local area and local people.

However, through a mixture of lack of skillset and capacity, we have not been able to connect the data we are collecting to the issues of our local area and measure the social impact our work. If we can demonstrate our social impact effectively, it will enable us to improve the activities we deliver at the Hub and significantly increase the chances of obtaining further funding to do this.

We are also looking for advisory support as we develop a strategy to engage local businesses in our work. There are over 400 businesses in the Vauxhall and Waterloo Business Improvement Districts that we have yet to connect with and this represents a huge opportunity to enhance our community offer through corporate social responsibility partnerships and pro bono support.