Elsie Development Meeting

17th April, 9.30-11.30am

CIHM, 4 Springfield Mount, Entrance off Mount Preston Street, Leeds, LS2 9ND

Book Here: http://elsiedev.eventbrite.co.uk/

At this meeting we will plan a series of actions to take Elsie to the next level:

  1. Improving the Services we offer to members, advocates and clients
    1. Membership – how to improve its value and recruit more members
    2. Quality of support – how to make Elsie a much more powerful helper
  2. Improving Marketing and PR
    1. Making sure that more people know about Elsie, what we do and how we do it
    2. Winning recognition and supporters
  3. Governance and Organisation
    1. Ensuring that Elsie is run efficiently, effectively and has the organisational platform needed to grow in Leeds and perhaps beyond.

The meeting will be fast paced and action orientated – so please come prepared to offer ideas and if possible some time to help too!

We will work in small groups with a focus on getting things done.

Please bring something to nibble and share if you can….

Hope to see you there.


March 13th 5-8pm for next panel meeting

Elsie Panel meeting March 13th Leeds Civic HallThis one will be special.

Just like all the rest.

However this one is to be held in the very beautiful Leeds Civic Hall.

All project slots are full, but happy to put some on the stand-by list as we sometimes lose one or two at short notice.

Booking essential as we only have room for 25.


A Free Resource for Coaches, Mentors and Advisers

The Leeds Community Enterprise Accelerator – Elsie – is a new tool for coaches, mentors and advisers working with enterprising people in and around the city.  Elsie is, in essence, a giant brain, with a huge heart and lots of soul that can be used to source ideas, introductions and other resources.

Elsie is a group of more than 90 people, and growing, from all walks of life who have come together to help enterprising people and projects in and around Leeds.  Once a month they meet to hear 4 advocates (what we call the coaches, advisers or mentors) each take about 5-7 minutes to tell them about an enterprising client that they are working with and their project, and the nature of the help that they are looking for.  We then spend the next 25 minutes or so creatively generating ideas, resources, introductions that may help, and carefully record them.  At the end of the session the advocate takes this note and talks it through with their client the next time they meet to agree what, if anything, might be worth pursuing.

As well as providing you with a list of resources that may help in working with your clients the panel also gives both you and them tremendous exposure across the city as panel members spread the word through their networks of the projects and people that they meet through Elsie.  But don’t worry, we have discussed the importance of confidentiality and while panel members will raise the profile as required they will not disclose any confidential information that you may share with us.

By working with Elsie to widen the search for new resources  we think you will add a lot of value to your work and develop your networks across the city.

If you are interested in working with Elsie, either as an advocate or as a panel member, then contact Elsie organiser Mike Chitty