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 Company Directors
Anna Bonallack BEd Hons
Anna is a freelance teacher and expert in Education for Sustainable Development as a framework for exploration of the natural environment and sustainability. She speaks on positive risk and inclusion for disability at conferences, redressing the misconceptions of risk in outdoor settings for disabled people. She works with young people and the youth sector in many settings to promote the values of CSCIC, inclusion, youth voice and sustainability, providing a highly reputed local model for best practice.
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 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.