We’re really good at safeguarding and dealing with risk
Creative Sustainability CIC is registered with the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board (GSCB) and is a Gloucestershire County Council Accredited Provider of Children’s Services. All paid and unpaid staff have enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks.
All staff and volunteers work to a system of procedures that ensure we comply with current national legislation governing the provision of childcare services (including the Children Act of 1989, the Police act of 1997 and the Protection of Children Act of 1999) and Local Safeguarding Children Board procedures.
We do so many different things and we are lucky enough to have a risk pro on the team! Infact we’ve become so good at risk management that other organisations are asking us for advice, particularly to develop the potential benefits that come from positive risk related activities.
Working for the Community
Creative Sustainability CIC conducts business for the community benefit – all assets and any surpluses made are committed to further this benefit. CIC stands for Community Interest Company meaning that assets are locked and that it is a not for profit enterprise.
The communities we work with are our best guides and critics. All our work has evolved from consultation with communities and from there we support and facilitate, encourage and mentor.
We love to share what we know, our resources and discoveries with other organisations and make that part of our planning process. There are many excellent projects going on in the area, with overlapping objectives and synergies and we share many common challenges with other social enterprises.
Meet the Team
We’re a diverse team with a range of skills and experiences that stand us in excellent stead to deliver the best experiences possible.
Louise Read B.ed
Louise works as Project Officer on our Re-Connect project, alongside Coryn.
She brings with her many years of experience working in public, private and voluntary organisations in Gloucestershire.
She has a Degree in Education and has taught at primary level as well as volunteering as a school governor for over 14 years. Louise has over 25 years management experience in supported housing services for older people. Her interest in developing and co-ordinating projects led to a three year position with a national stroke charity. In that time she set up a number of stroke support groups, providing a much needed resource for stroke survivors and their families countywide.
More recently she has been part of a new initiative in Gloucestershire called Social Prescribing. Louise has worked with individuals who may, for example, be living with Dementia, Mental Health issues, Caring responsibilities, Bereavement etc. and has supported them to connect with community resources in order to improve their health and wellbeing. During this time she trained as a Mental Health First Aider.
Louise is a keen baker. Her claim to fame having a recipe published in a leading food magazine! She has more recently taken an interest in ‘Mood Food’ and the philosophy behind ‘You are what you Eat’.
Rachael is our Youth Engagement Officer and works across the Our World, Buddy Up, and Creative Camping projects as a youth leader, event organiser, and administrator. She also pitches in on our summer programme, working on Meet the Experts, Nature in Art, Stroud Festival of Nature, and Engaging Communities with Nature.
Rachael is a creative writer with a busy mind from Stroud. She’s a fast thinker and a true daydreamer, ready to be distracted by pretty much anything at all. A lover of fiction, ‘one of the most beautiful gifts we can give to the world’, she’s hell bent on finally finishing that first novel and seeing her name in print.
Author of two websites, she spends her spare time writing short stories, Upcycling old furniture, and posting both online.
She loves hot coffee in the mornings, the colour of the autumn leaves, long walks in the countryside, and days out with friends. She also enjoys kayaking, rock climbing and camping, indulging in several wilderness adventures a year.
Meet the Company Directors
Anna Bonallack BEd Hons
Anna is a Community Engagement consultant and expert in Education for Sustainable Development as a framework for the exploration of environmental issues and sustainability. She speaks on ‘positive risk and the risk of not doing’ at conferences and to local commissioners, redressing the misconceptions of risk and the impacts on disadvantaged and excluded children and adults. She works in many settings to promote the values and benefits of inclusion, community voice and sustainability, providing a highly reputed local model for best practice. In 2017 she has begun to research and develop an inclusive evaluation framework that puts people at the center of their health and well-being choices.
Anna led on a significant piece of youth research in 2013 which continues to inform the ESD sector, under the title Future Now. . Her leadership and management of a great number of social, public and private sector partners, community engagement programme and development of monitoring and learning frameworks resulted in a huge body of evidence of need for a review of education for a sustainable future.
Anna is a qualified teacher, has studied Environmental Science as an undergraduate and takes a strong environmental sustainability stance in local politics and as a member of her local community. In her previous incarnation (pre- children) Anna was a theatre set designer and developed a project involving British artists to deliver Art and Design/ PSHE & C cross-curricular education in primary and secondary schools to ensure that ‘every child is an artist’.
Chris Jockel BSc, PG Dip, EDM, AIEMA
Chris is a founding Director of CSCIC. He is a Management Systems professional specialising in Environmental, Energy, Sustainability, Occupational Health and Safety management in the commercial and industrial sectors.
He has also worked on a professional basis with young people in a number of roles as: a Senior Support Worker and Housing Manager for young single homeless people; a Senior Residential Social Worker mentoring young people with emotional and behavioural problems and as Youth Worker for Nottingham City Council.
As a volunteer he has been involved in many youth schemes, including: performance arts projects; T’ai Chi; sport and environmental education and as a judge and mentor for a schools based science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) project. He is founder member and a parent leader of Stroud Valleys Woodcraft Folk, the district branch of a voluntary organisation for social and environmental education.
Dominic Thomas BAhons
Dominic is an artist, educator, permaculture practitioner and founding director of CScic. He specialises in initiating and developing cultural, community and environmental projects. He has worked on many environmental, creative and media projects with primary and secondary schools, youth and community groups.
Dominic has over 15 years experience in the arts initiating, managing and fundraising for arts projects and events both locally and internationally. Dominic was Programme Director at Stroud Valleys Artspace from 2000 to 2008. He has also been a speaker and facilitator at conferences and seminars, and written articles and research papers. He is a keen forager and chef with a special interest in wild and cultivated fungi.
Some recent projects include.
- The Producers – a project working with NHS Gloucestershire and men with chronic pain
- Fungusloci – a sustainable micro- farm produce mushrooms from spent coffee grounds
- Mushroom Cultivation workshops for Shift Bristol’s Sustainability and Permaculture courses
Emily has worked with disadvantaged and marginalised communities for over 20 years in Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Africa and Tanzania, developing and co-ordinating projects within disadvantaged communities in East Brighton and Stroud.
Emily has significant experience in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL), governance and charity administration, project management, institutional and UK grant-making trust fundraising and policy development and project evaluations and assessments. She has designed and implemented a range of international development projects which use robust M&E systems to track impact within a project cycle management framework.
Her experience covers voluntary sector organisational development, African NGO capacity building and training. She designs and facilitates workshops and training seminars for multiple stakeholders and is particularly interested in social enterprise development and projects which promote social community responsibility and community resilience.
Coryn is project manager for our ReConnect Peer Befriending Project for people living with Stroke, Dementia and other long term conditions. She is also a camp leader on our Creative Camping adventures. Her extensive experience in working with children, young people and adults with complex and profound disabilities, autism and communication disabilities ensures the whole CSCIC team gets in-house training and confidence building support. She offers consultation and training on Intensive Interaction to individuals and organisations and one to one support for people with disabilities to take part in mainstream activities, specifically those with autism and communication support needs. She has written articles for disability journals and research papers on Intensive Interaction.
Coryn is passionate about inclusion and empowering people marginalised for whatever reason, to live confident, purposeful lives.
Coryn has a bachelor’s degree in severe, profound and complex learning disabilities.
Alfie Stephens – University of Life
Alfie is a 22yr old passionate cyclist and he runs the Access Bike Project, one of our newest projects at CSCIC.
He has brought together the cycling community in Stroud by providing a workshop space, anyone and everyone is welcome to use, join in and support. It is a real haven for community engagement. Here he is the workshop leader, head mentor, and an aspiring mechanic.
He loves making things out of old bike parts and is constantly feeding the workshop visitors with new ways to up-cycle the spare bicycles. The Workshop space has been built using re-used materials and freely sourced equipment.
Although he is keen for the odd charity road ride, he has a real passion for mountain biking. Since the age of 16 he has travelled and competed across the UK and abroad doing mountain bike races and stunt competitions performing backflips and spins and all sorts of silly stunts.
Alfie is the youngest director of CSCIC.