An increasing number of individuals are ready to become agents of change and initiate social and economic improvements in their communities, but they lack necessary skills and knowledge about entrepreneurship for successful implementation of their ideas. NewDoor is an important resource ensuring society-centred knowledge on entrepreneurship and tools for improvement of entrepreneurship skills adjusted to the owners of small and medium businesses. NewDoor team remains loyal to their mission to empower organisations and people to direct social change for improvement of social and economic welfare.
Thanks to the support of the Active Residents Fund (AIF), the NGO's team have had an opportunity to work on strengthening inside processes of the organization for several months. NewDoor accelerator's programme has been implemented and improved, new solutions have been found in the area of new services, SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) and PESTLE analysis (political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental factors) of the organisation were conducted, as well as operation of similar organizations in Europe and elsewhere in the world were analysed. During the self-analysis of the organisation, a significant emphasis has been placed to understand how to package the competences, products and contacts in a new form, which would help identify opportunities to create a more stable financial flow.
The team has participated in several team building and development trainings under the leadership of the British expert, founder of The Global Trust Project
, Mr. Steve Savides. Mr. Savides has helped to define the challenging areas of the team's functions, strengthen the communication and teamwork, determine new directions of development, define growth opportunities for the years to come, as well as train the team in communication methodologies, which ensure more efficient brainstorming and facilitation. From December 2021 to June 2022 board members of NewDoor - Diāna Lapkis, Marija Povilaite and Olga Kotova, continued the organisation's strategic growth sessions under the leadership of Mr Savides. "Ability to manage and inspire is one of the most important abilities on the way to success, however it is important to remember that the team works the best under conditions of a high level of mutual trust. Trust is a powerful macroeconomic indicator of how well groups of individuals – teams, organisations, and even countries – operate. Therefore, there is a question – how to increase trust, concentrate it and maintain it on a high level?" says Mr Savides.
The NewDoor team also took the opportunity to acquire new skills in relation to the development of managements and strategies of non-governmental organisations, and communications in digital media thanks to the foreign online training courses and participation in the international non-governmental organisation support network Conveners.org.
In the framework of this partnership NewDoor team had an opportunity to familiarise itself with new contacts and knowledge for further development. Furthermore, the training courses on the platform Udemy
also helped to establish a better PR communication plan and variety of activities, and has given knowledge for developing social media communication guidelines, which would save time and make communication in social media more regular.
Finally, "New Door" team would like to thank AIF for the opportunity to improve the accelerator programme within the framework of the project; identify new services, which the union could sell for better financial independence from state grants, strengthen team unity, and use an opportunity to participate in and international expert's coaching, as well as analyse further future development opportunities.
AIF projects implementation period: July 2021 till June 2022.
More information about AIF opportunities is HERE
The project "Promoting Sustainable Development of the NewDoor union" is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grant Program "Active Population Fund". The total funding is 19,821.85 euros.