We all come to a point in life when we have to do some soul-searching. Where am I going? How will I get there? What do I want to achieve? Well, it’s the same for organisations as it is for people. And, last year, HOOP found itself in the strange space between the comfortable simplicity of childhood and the self-assured wisdom of adulthood. In other words, we had been growing, and it was time to work out what we wanted to grow into. It was time to create a plan. A five year Strategic Plan, to be precise.
To help answer the question of what HOOP will be doing in 2021, we were fortunate to have HOOP’s co-founder, Teresa Schwarz, back on the team for a few months last year. Teresa got the whole team together, prepared coffee and snacks, and then all we had to do was answer the simple question of what HOOP should aim to achieve over the next five years.
A very large document grew during the many months that have passed between that first meeting and now. Thanks largely to the diligent work of Teresa and our Program Assistant intern, Julie (plus a significant input from every member of the team), that document now contains a clear roadmap for what HOOP will be aiming to achieve over the next five years.
The great thing about our Strategic Plan is that we have straightforward goals that work together to fight poverty. As well as continuing to offer people the chance to enhance their education, HOOP has goals to improve healthcare, create more stable family environments, and build stronger bonds and friendships within the community.
And, since clear and simple plans are the best plans, each of our goals fits neatly into one of four areas:
As proud as we are of our meticulous goals and objectives, what makes us most excited is that our Strategic Plan is that it is already being put into action. We’re tackling education with our after school program (and now Saturday club). Our healthcare program is expanding (we have already had visits from doctors, dentists, nutritionists and opticians this year) and we are working with certified psychologists to tackle mental health problems. Our work with families and the community is having a bigger impact every month as our Social Work program continues to gain momentum and receive an enormous level of support from the community.
Creating the HOOP Strategic Plan was a long process and took a lot of thinking and re-thinking. It would definitely have been impossible were it not for the hard work of Teresa and Julie. We also had a huge insight into the community from our Social Report, created by Silvia last year. We also want to say thanks to the HOOP Parents’ Board for being involved in the process, and to Mel from Accountants for International Development for going through the Strategic Plan in great detail to make sure it was as clear and concise as possible.
So, what do we want to achieve, where are we going, and how will we get there? We can answer all those questions, and we can also tell you that we’re already on our way.
Written by Tom Hornbrook