The early part of the New Year has been (happily!) very busy at LynchPin Support and saw the conclusion of several pieces of work including an evaluation piece with the Rosehill Theatre. Anne Timpson (Manager Audience Development & Participation) says

Nicola is working with us to develop our approach to evaluating the impact of our performing arts activities on participants, in particular marginalised communities. Her thorough yet flexible and supportive approach to tracking participants progress has enabled us to capture the value and impact of arts activity, allowing us to present the case for continued support with funders and partners.”

You can see the final evaluation report on my website.

Evaluation Report

We’re looking forward to continuing the relationship and exploring how we can monitor the social impact of their services in the longer term through our ongoing connection.


In other news I’m happy to announce that I have joined the team at Gaiacene along with another Cumbrian-based consultant Graeme McKenzie-Netherwood. This will help me deliver on my commitment to constantly ‘upskill’ for the benefit of my clients. I will continue to work as LynchPin Support and contribute when appropriate to the package of services offered by

Craig White (Sustainability Director Gaiacene) says “I am immensely proud that two talented Cumbrian consultants have brought their skills into Gaiacene. 

They are an ideal fit, they share my ethics and desire to ensure the nuclear renaissance provides long lasting benefits for the communities and economy of Cumbria and the UK. Together, we provide a comprehensive service to all organisations and businesses seeking to deliver real and innovative social impact in the communities they live and work in.”

I will be delighted to connect any of my clients to the team at Gaiacene at any time – just get in touch.

The new financial year is approaching and it’s always a good time to take stock in your organisation.

Do you need support reflecting on the year gone by or preparing for the year ahead? 

Are you thinking about evaluation, evidence collection, expansion of your services, new partnerships or activities…? 

Working with you we can deliver:    
  • Improvements to your CSR or Social Impact evaluations 

  • Social Return on Investment evaluations

  • Support with evidence collection, measurement and monitoring 

  • Grant applications

  • Setting up a charity or social enterprise

  • Business planning for charities & CICs

  • Support for Trustees and/or Directors

  • Help establishing & managing partnerships

If you’re interested in any of the above then please do get in touch for an informal discussion. These discussions are always free and come with no obligation to proceeed or procure! I will happily come to your place of work as I’m out and about across Cumbria most days. I’ll look forward to hearing from you…


Telephone: 07759 547853