Wendy Sugarman – Company Director

Consultant working on a range of community projects, she is a qualified youth and community worker.

Wendy is Director of WSA Community Consultants and has been established in business for 14 years with a background in youth and community work prior to that. She has worked as a youth and community worker with young people and adults on a range of projects and initiatives. She has proven experience in working alongside communities securing representative community involvement and participation. Wendy has worked both in the Voluntary and Statutory sectors. She managed a London wide Young Women’s Unit for five years focussing primarily on supporting work with girls and young women in a youth work setting across London.

Wendy is committed to challenging discrimination in her work and sees community development as a powerful tool in changing the balance of power and achieving social justice and equality. As such she has a strong background in process based development work and ensures that within all projects there are elements of action learning to support best practice.

Examples of projects undertaken include the establishment of a youth crime prevention project through consultation and involvement of local people on an estate in Hackney; research on the individual needs of teenage parents in Lambeth including mapping provision, qualitative interviews with teenage parents and grandparents; working with the local community in Lambeth Riverside to establish a community development trust; research into the needs of vulnerable people in the City Centre of Sheffield including client interviews, mapping of services, a one week monitoring exercise of services and a benchmarking exercise against two other cities; and working with Gillian Granville on the external evaluation of Parents 1st a Social Enterprise offering peer support to perinatal women .

Wendy led on community development for Sure Start High Cross in Haringey as a substantial and long term piece of consultancy work. Within this work she worked with communities to develop inclusion projects for refugees and asylum seekers. Wendy has also worked as a community engagement consultant for the ‘Healthy Borough Programme’ in Tower Hamlets addressing the environmental aspects that lead to people not maintaining a healthy weight. Her work there has included managing the roll out of a grant programme for the third sector and developing and implementing a community engagement strategy for the programme.

Wendy’s current role includes being a Big Local Rep supporting communities in three Big Local areas to build a community vision to prioritise the spending of a £1 million lottery investment to make the area an even better place to live.

Wendy has research and analytical skills supporting her role in community development. She has experience in developing tools to support her work and engage with the community. She has strong networking skills and the ability to access relevant information.