A brief history to date
original research leading to the formation of AnyBodyCan began in this
year. Funding was provided by The Institute of Community Studies,
Newcastle City Council and the SMART-SME programme sponsored by BT and
managed by the Newcastle Business School at University of Northumbria at
2000 Funding for a ‘pilot programme’, hosted by the Newcastle
Healthy City Project during 2000/1, was provided by The Scarman Trust’s
“Community Champions” Fund and the Northern Rock Founadtion and Lloyds TSB
AnyBodyCan Limited was incorporated and commenced trading in June 2001.
The initial Directors were James Dixon, Kathryn Dixon, John Telfer,
Steve Manchee and Philip Angier. Its first project activities were to
support Katalyst Events Limited, a social firm and event management
company serving the community and voluntary sector and HUBS, a digital
media project supported through the Northern Rock Foundation.
AnyBodyCan undertook consultancy work for The Chat Shop (leading to the
formation of the Yours & Mine Café) , for the School for Social
Entrepreneurs and REGEN School. It led a pilot of its Enterprise
Coaching Programme funded by the Global Grant Fund of the Learning &
Skills Council. It secured two years funding to employ an Enterprise
Coach from Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. The HUBS programme came to an
end. AnyBodyCan entered into a partnership agreement with Newcastle New
Deal for Communities to employ a team of six Community Regeneration
AnyBodyCan began ‘Be Enterprising’ Enterprise Coaching programmes in
Newcastle and Sunderland funded by EQUAL and ERDF. It undertook
consultancy assignments for CoFroCo (Sunderland). AnyBodyCan received
the first programme related loan to a social enterprise from Northern
Rock Foundation. AnyBodyCan applied successfully for EQUAL funding for
the Valuing the Difference programme.
AnyBodyCan entered into a delivery partnership with TeamWearside in to
continue the Enterprise Coaching programme in Sunderland. The Newcastle
programme ceased. It undertook further consultancy for REGEN School, as
well as for East Ashington Development Trust, SaftetyWorks! and The
Board Room project. AnyBodyCan agreed to provide office accommodation
and payroll support to L’Afrique a Newcastle. James Dixon, Development
Director, was awarded a grant from Northern Rock Foundation for
part-time study at the Judge Business Institute, Cambridge University
for the Be Enterprising Programme ceased and regretfully it was
‘mothballed’. Katalyst Events ceased trading in the spring of 2005
leading to the loss of AnyBodyCan’s trade investment in that business.
AnyBodyCan undertook consultancy assignment for The Riverside Project,
Lynemouth Community Trust and Wallsend People’s Centre.
AnyBodyCan engaged in consultancy and action research on behalf of
Newcastle Healthy City Project. It undertook consultancy for BOB
Recycles and E2000 International. It has entered into partnership with
The Ideas Mine and InCredit to develop a social enterprise to deliver
work experience and employability skills within the prison system. It is
currently bidding on behalf of Valuing the Difference and partners to
deliver an on-line enterprise readiness tool for the voluntary and
undertook exploratory work in partnership with The Ideas Mine and
InCredit to develop a social enterprise to deliver work experience and
employability skills within the prison system. As a result of action
research led by James Dixon, following the award of his Masters degree
from the Judge Institute Cambridge, AnyBodyCan was commissioned to
undertake consultancy into the measurement of social value added on
behalf of Norcare Limited, a social housing provider.
undertook a demonstration pilot, funded by the Northern Rock Foundation,
of the use of the Outcomes Star as a means of quality and impact
reporting for Supporting People projects. The demonstration pilot was
undertaken with Norcare Limited and Aquila Way, both of which
organisations have since implemented the Outcomes Star. AnyBodyCan was
appointed by New Deal for Communities to mange its Young Advisors
project in West Newcastle.
has been awarded a £20,000 by the Department of Health Social Enterprise
Investment Fund to explore the scope for the range of services for
adults with mobility problems using the principles of Conductive
Education and Pschomotor Learning.