Prospect Awards CIC

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Designing, sharing, facilitating, evaluating and recognising learning and community development

What we do

We work with and for you to deliver learning solutions that work for you and your team, your community, your business, your charity, your community organisation, your public authority, and your international work


We facilitate processes that bring public, private and community partners together to identify issues and challenges, generate solutions and make decisions.


As Curators of the Community Development National Standards and with our accreditation experience we are your creative partner in using Standards Based accreditation


We work with others integrating and using our values in Community Development including the National Standards to support communities to facilitate positive change


We design, develop and accredit  customised learning programmes to support learning for social change.


We design, develop and facilitate Good Governance leadership development, supported by cloud-based modular designed governance systems. 


We design and deliver Learning and Skills interventions to support inclusive growth that is equally distributed across and creates opportunities for all communities

Generating New Ideas. Solving Big Problems

Adapt and thrive, change and develop, learn and grow.  Our world is changing rapidly and our work as a Learning Design and Development Agency is to help you respond to those changes – whether that’s leading on, facilitating or challenging the change.  

It’s what we delight to do, with and for you, your team, your community, your organisation


Satisfied Clients

Ongoing Projects

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Why we are different

We are a Learning Design and Development Agency offering training, learning, team developemnt and accreditation in Community Development, Engagement, Governance and Learning – we are collaborative active participants in your and our work.  Our values of Social Justice, Collective Action, Anti-discrimination, Working Learning and Growing Together and Community Empowerment, support our focus on Individual and Collective Agency.  What and how we do is important to us and we think important to you also.  We are a Community Interest Company and as a not-for-profit, with an asset lock we invest any surplus into work supporting our Vision – Learning for Everyone – Everywhere!

Our Latest Work

Leadership Capacity across the island of Ireland, Belfast City Region Deal Employability Skills, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, , International Association of Community Development, Intellectual Disabilities, Moodle, Learning Platforms, Level 3 Aim Award in Teaching

Leadership Development and Capacity

Prospect Awards has been commissioned by the Institute of Public Health Ireland (IPH) to produce a scoping report on the theme of leadership and capacity building in public health on the island of Ireland.  The IPH new strategic framework 2018-2022 set out the area of leadership and capacity building in public health as one of their five main areas of work.  Prospect Awards has been tasked with helping to inform how best IPH can support leadership and capacity building for public health within an all-Ireland context and complement existing programmes.  As part of this work Prospect Awards will talk with leaders and practitioners across the island of Ireland to ensure that as wide and informed perspectives as possible are included in this scoping report.

Governance Support

Prospect Awards is currently engaged on an interim basis providing governance support for the Pharmacy Forum NI.  Supporting the leadership team and the board in ensuring continued robustness and effectiveness

Employability and Skills

Prospect Awards has just completed an extended interim project with Belfast City Council.  As part of this work it authored the Economic Development aspect of the BCC Developer Contribution Policy.  Devised and assessed the Social Value approach for the Giants Park Leisure led the development of over £150m and provided expert input, particularly on economic inactivity into the Employability Stream of the successful Belfast Region City Deal together with the overall design of the employability strand.

Working with Communities

Working directly with local communities has always been a core area of our work.  Currently, we are working in collaboration with Regenerate to provide community development and capacity building support to local groups and communities across the Portadown area in Northern Ireland.  Using asset-based community development approaches we are supporting local community leadership development and facilitating wider community involvement enhancing longer-term sustainability. 


We can support your requirements to deliver Accredited Training either via our Professional Development Programme or through our partnership with Aim Awards

Community Engagement

As a community development organisation, promoting and facilitating community engagement in decision making is central to our work.  In 2017, we completed a comprehensive research study on engagement practices across Northern Ireland contributing to the implementation of community planning.  To strengthen our work in this area further,  we have completed the Foundations in Public Participation professional development programme with the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) and utilise these planning tools and methods to inform and guide our engagement work.  Currently, we are engaged in facilitating the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough ‘Community Voluntary Sector’ Panel and supporting the development of community engagement with local communities of geography, identity and interest

Local Government

Prospect Awards is currently contracted By Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to design and deliver a number of customised  Community Development, Good Relations and Leadership programmes across the borough.  A range of approaches including informal facilitation, training, mentoring, good practice visits and networking opportunities are being developed to support participants to enhance leadership and resilience skills. 

International Work

Community Development is a global field of work and we are committed to learning and sharing within this international community of practice.  Prospect Awards is an active member of the International Association for Community Development and Anna, our Director for Communities is an IACD European Director and President.  Anna also chairs IACD’s Training, Publications and Professional Development Committee which recently brought forward the new International Standards for Community Development Practice.  Prospect Awards is also currently collaborating on an  Erasmus+ project in association with CRAICNI and a number of European partners to design, pilot and accredit a professional development programme for Cultural Awareness Trainers. 

 Learning Design & Development Agency

Our work demands and our partners demand high-level capability and commitment to a value-based focus on our work.   With wide-ranging and senior experience across adult, community and vocational learning, community development and governance, we believe we can add value to your work.

Prospect learning designs are based upon National and International  Standards like the Nolan Standards for Public Life and the International Association for Community Development Standards and around the needs of our and your community.  Our work is organised around three interlinked themes.

  • Good design that comes with a vision for the learning
  • Appreciation of the learning context influenced by access and innovation
  • Based on evidence and research providing a holistic view of the learning design


  • Design analysis and insight into the problem
  • Define the area to focus on
  • Develop potential solutions
  • Prototype and Deliver Solutions that work
  • Programme management

“If the structure does not permit dialogue the structure must be changed” ― Paulo Freire

“Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.” –Charles Eames

meet the prospect team

our Vision – Learning for Everyone – Everywhere!

our Mission – Making OUR learning journey a joy 🙂

Anna has an Honours Degree in English and Afro-Asian Studies and a Master’s in Human Rights and Equal Opportunities and a distinction in her MSc in Governance and Community Planning at Ulster University.  Anna holds  Post Graduate Dips in Youth and Community Work and in Women’s Studies from Liverpool University.  Anna is the President and a European Director of the International Association for Community Development.  Anna is our Director for Communities responsible for Qualification Development and  Community Development

Anna Clarke

Director for Communities

Brendan is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the British Sociological Association and the Association for Learning Technology.  He has an Honours degree in Applied Social Studies & Community Relations, an MA in Social Policy, a PGCE in Social Science and Post Graduate Certificate in Management, and MA in Open and Distance Education from the OU. Brendan is our Non-Executive Director for Learning responsible for Learner Experience and Centre Quality Assurance

Brendan Clarke

Director for Learning

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