DRAWN TO LEARN’S SOCIAL IMPACT PHILOSOPHY
Spurred on by my father, Gordon Bennett’s death early in 2017, I’ve taken time to think about how I honour his memory and I have decided I want to make a difference through my business Drawn to Learn, my experience and skills.
2017 was a pivotal year in crystalising how I wanted to make that difference .
I have found my pathway to making a social impact and it is through serving those who serve others, particularly in the areas of homelessness, cancer-based charities and well-being programmes that reach out to those who would generally miss out. I have such admiration for people who work in these sectors, so it’s a pleasure to offer 20% percent of my time delivering training or providing graphic facilitation services, pro-bono or at a significantly reduced cost.
Hear about Drawn to Learn’s Social Impact intentions
Putting Skills and Experience to Work
Training and Facilitation
I love to use my skills and experience in delivering leadership, management, team and business development courses for third sector organisations and their employees particularly when they may not have the budget to invest in this type of training for their people.
Graphic Facilitation Services
I have delivered a number of graphically facilitated days free or heavily discounted to charities and social enterprises that are involved in the following areas:
- Helping the homeless
- Hospice movement
- Ugandan women entrepreneurs
- Diversity and inclusion
I am a Director of Rowan Alba and a Founding Director of the Million Seater Stadium Project. Both are organisations committed to end homelessness.
SAMPLE OF OUR SOCIAL IMPACT PROJECTS
BYKER COMMUNITY TRUST TEAM CONFERENCE
Jackie Forbes of Drawn to Learn has been excellent to work with. During 2017 she has helped BCT to record graphically the annual staff conference which marked the beginning of an important Customer Service Excellence (CSE) agenda. Her graphic recording has been displayed in the main BCT office and is positioned in a place where every member of staff can see it and reflect upon the key messages of CSE and of the away day. On a personal note Jackie is a pleasure to work with, her enthusiastic, can do approach is refreshing and her work ethic is second to none.
Jill Hayley, Chief Executive, Byker Trust
INDEPENDENT LIVING SCOTLAND CONFERENCE 2018
“We used Jackie’s services for the Disabled People’s Annual Summit on employer-abilty and disabled people’s right to work in January 2018. The graphic art added a new and interesting dimension to the Summit which we had not used before. It captured what people had said in an engaging way and gathered a lot of interest. We’ll be using the scanned copy of the results in future work to challenge perceptions and convey what disabled people say about their own lived experience.“
Heather Fisken, Project Manager, Independent Living Scotland
“Jackie came to help us with our Staff Gathering, the theme of the day was communication, and it was wonderful to see the ideas captured in a different way. People were really excited to see the drawing develop and were fascinated by the process. We now have a brilliant reminder of the day, which we have framed and put up on the wall. We can also refer back to it as we plan our strategy and other events. Jackie was great to work with and provided some really helpful ideas for the event as well as doing the graphic illustration on the day. We would be delighted to work with Jackie again and are very grateful for her support to Highland Hospice.”
Catherine Palmer, Learning & Development Manager
“Here at Scrumptious Productions we are passionate about social change and basically trying to change the world one film at a time!
As a result, each of our projects have a whole range of different elements and user journeys so it’s often hard to communicate all of this in a concise and compelling way to potential partners and
funders. But that was until we met Jackie who provided an invaluable “fresh set of eyes” to our latest project, Barefoot in Business, and not only created the perfect visualisation for presentations and pitching but also, thanks to her endless creativity and meticulous approach to planning helped take the project to a whole new level. I cannot recommend Drawn to Learn enough and really looking forward to working with Jackie again on each of our future projects.”
Carol Cook, Director
From the moment I walked in the room I felt cared for and looked after and valued and excited to speak and listen and learn. It set the mode for me being at my best completely and for that whole day I am so thankful.
It inspired my thinking and I how I am viewed by others, how I manage staff, how I can help colleagues and how I can understand the needs of the organisation as a whole. I think so much clearer when I see things in pictures and I can honestly say it has been over 5 years since I was inspired the way I was on that day with you. I would like you to please note my interest in being one of the champions for learning what you do and feeding it out to others in the organisation. You held the participants well in the way you engaged us by seeming to keep our attention and energy levels at a place were we could learn. The different activites and the wee things to play with allowed us to fiddle and not feel like we had to sit to attention and it was relaxing.
You were prepared and you were in and ready for us when we arrived, I interpreted this as you being ready for us, ready to hear us, ready to work with us and I felt this this is usually how we are to others and it was probably the nicest thing about the day to see you ready, prepared and with a beautiful picture of us and our organisation there in front of our eyes. I thought. “Well this girl is ready for us that’s for sure”
Tracey Stewart, CARDS Volunteer Co-ordinator
“I was introduced to Jackie via a common friend in the context of exploring support for the Social Enterprise me
and my team run – Creative Philanthropy. We are building a school for the underprivileged children in India at present. In order to share our vision for the project and for fund raising we required impactful collateral.
Jackie was gracious enough to give time and her graphic facilitation expertise free of charge. Her style of facilitation was very smooth and she also provided her ideas and insights for our project that will prove beneficial. The output is very informative and visually impactful and we are very grateful for her contribution. It has been a pleasure working with Jackie.”
Puneet Sachdev, Founder Creative Philanthropy
WORLDWIDE CANCER RESEARCH
“Jackie spent an afternoon with us at Worldwide Cancer Research to help us tell our story – who we are as a charity, why we do what we do, the difference we have made in our 40 year history and how will we keep making a difference in future.
None of us had experienced a graphic facilitation session before and I think it’s fair to say we had no idea what to expect. What we got was an energetic, inspirational afternoon that fully engaged a group of people with very different working and communication styles throughout. It made us think about our world in a very different
way. Jackie was able to draw out our stories (in both senses of the word) and reflect them back at us more clearly. We have a terrific drawing to remind us of the day that we presented to the whole team at a recent all-staff session and I think those of us who, like me, have a visual memory will find the graphic very helpful as a prompt.
I would wholeheartedly recommend Jackie’s services if you’re looking to tackle a business issue from an angle quite different to the norm.”
Helen Rippon, Chief Executive,
Worldwide Cancer Research
edinburgh and lothian greenspace
“Jackie came to do graphic facilitation for our Health & Well-being Event in South East Edinburgh. The purpose of the event was to encourage networking and collaboration in the locality.
Jackie arrived in plenty of time to set up and had pre-prepared some of her drawing. As the organisations began to arrive, they were immediately intrigued by her work. Jackie was happy to interact and answer questions.
During the presentations, Jackie worked on her image capturing the essence of the event. The graphic facilitation provided a focal point and a talking point. It encouraged discussion which resulted in a great
atmosphere and people making new connections.
The finished piece is a wonderful visual record of the event and something that we will use. Many of the organisations took photos and asked if they would be able to get a copy of the image.
We would highly recommend Jackie for her professional and approachable manner. The graphic facilitation was definitely a highlight of our Health & Well-being Event.”
Ruth Wyatt, ELGT (Edinburgh and
Lothians Greenspace Trust)