Associate working on a range of community projects, she has been an independent consultant since 2002. 

Yvonne Prendergast – Associate with WSA Community Consultants

Yvonne Prendergast has worked as an independent consultant since 2002, after a career focusing on promoting women’s rights and supporting community development. She brings experience in the public, private and third sectors; has a strong commitment to promoting social justice and draws on her work in the UK, Europe and South Asia.

 

Yvonne has led and collaborated on a range of research, evaluation and community-development based initiatives. Integral to Yvonne’s practice is promoting equality, diversity and social inclusion and she brings particular experience of working with communities that often face exclusion such as BAME groups, gypsies and travellers, people seeking asylum, Looked After young people, vulnerable adults and LGBT communities.

 

Commissions include:

  • Conducting global research, for the British Council, that explores the extent to which skills and employability programmes promote gender equality.
  • Evaluating the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Hartlepool Action Lab that used agile problem solving to enable communities to tackle poverty.
  • Evaluating the Help Through Crisis project and Young People’s Trafficking project, for Wai Yin Chinese Women’s Association and supporting the organisation to build capacity, and develop and test monitoring evaluation tools.
  • Evaluating the Conservation Volunteers ‘Active Youth’ programme, that builds the skills of young people with complex needs.
  • Acting as International Gender Adviser to the Sudokkho Skills programme in the ready-made garment and construction sectors, Bangladesh, which includes capacity building, strategic planning and gender auditing.
  • Capacity-building community groups to create and measure change, such as women’s organisations across the UK, who are part of the Women’s Commissioning Support Unit; various well-being projects focusing on team-building, strategic planning and promoting diversity; and skills development workshops for Get-2-Gether Asian Women’s Project and Refugee groups aimed at addressing barriers to engagement, group development and building capacity to effect change.

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