Consultation is now an integral part of any planning or evaluation and is at the heart of the government's agenda.

It is easy to reach people who are public and vocal, but community based projects really succeed and develop when there is a true understanding of the views and priorities of those specifically concerned.

Before you start a project, or when you have finished, it is essential to know what people think.

"The Compass Project was a really complex piece of work. I was impressed by how well the meetings were facilitated and the quality of the reports that came out of them"

Peter Fanshawe, Manager, Wiltshire Children & Young People's Services Partnership

We tailor consultations to the people concerned, to make sure we reach them and that you can hear and understand what they have to say.

We can advise and support you to develop your plans or your project in response to the results to make sure that your work flourishes.

We use a wide range of methods to discover opinions and get feedback on your plans or your project, from public exhibitions to small focus groups, workshops to games.

"Bufferzone has offered invaluable advice and support in setting up, developing and evaluating our project. They have a highly creative approach to working with people and have carried out two very informative surveys of our guests (service users) needs. Our guests are mostly single homeless people with complex issues such as mental ill health, substance misuse or poor social skills. They find themselves on the margins of society and are often hard to engage."

Margaret Cleverley, Manager, Doorway

Reports:

What young people think - NHS
Young People's Pathways for Change
Mapping of services for disabled young people
Lives on the Edge - homeless project survey
Compass report
Consultations with young people at YPSS schools
The Wiltshire Children's Fund - report on consultations carried out on behalf of Barnardos