Ann Hindley has forty years’ experience in community development, largely in the voluntary, community and faith sectors, and has also delivered contracts for statutory bodies and universities. . She has worked independently for thirty years, providing practical support and advice from initial research and testing the feasibility of a project through to support with management of the project as it becomes a reality. Ann also has a substantial amount of experience organising events for voluntary and third sector participants, and of carrying out community consultations and project evaluations.
Ann specialises in work around community buildings, matters of concern to faith organisations, and rural issues. She worked as Regional Co-ordinator for Community Matters across Yorkshire and the Humber for three years, supporting organisations involved in managing community centres and continued working for them as an associate until 2016 latterly on Community Asset Transfer contracts. Both through Community Matters and independently, she has supported a number of community building projects, and worked with a number of local organisations including a mosque, a Quaker Meeting House, and churches and chapels on capital development projects.
Her faith related work has involved a piece of research for Sheffield Faith Forum and East Midlands Churches Forum and development work for Lincoln Industrial Mission.
Rural community development is her real passion; the subject of her PhD was ‘Women’s Role in Rural Community Practice’. Ann’s clients have included:
- The Countryside Agency;
- Humber and Wolds Rural Action;
- Community First Yorkshire;
- North Yorkshire and York Forum;
- Peak District Rural Deprivation Forum;
- Northumberland Uplands LEADER Local Action Group.
- Withernsea Big Local
- North Yorkshire County Council
- Helmsley Recreational Charity
- Rossington Parish Council.
These contracts have varied from transport research to mapping exercises to project evaluations.
Ann also has a long training background and can deliver training in community development and voluntary sector management.
Ann is a trustee of the Doncaster Conversation Club and has just joined the Trustee Board of Humber & Wolds Rural Action. She is also a member of Apple of Your Isle, a local apple and pear juicing co-operative, encouraging people on the Isle of Axholme to turn their surplus fruit into juice.