Danièle Lamarche

Overview

Awareness, skills and experience gained as a Director of a women’s complementary health care charity, a city farmer and television news scriptwriter inform and enhance my effectiveness as a capacity-building consultants for small to medium-sized charities, small businesses and social enterprises.

I work closely with clients to undertake organisational audits for quality assurance purposes, strategic plans, service delivery reviews, feasibility studies, fundraising bids, and programme evaluations. I have also reviewed funding proposals for the Big Local, Lloyds Foundation and Arts Council England.

In my capacity as a writer, researcher and photo-journalist, I undertake policy reviews editorial work for publications and have produced videos and exhibitions on race, domestic violence, housing, environmental sustainability, cultural and heritage issues.


Clients

A majority of my clients address community engagement, training, employment, advice, health, wellbeing activities, youth, knife crime, arts and heritage activities amongst communities of BAME socio-cultural heritage. Fluent in French, English and Spanish, with a smattering of Italian, Portuguese, Bengali and dog-paddling Romanian, I work primarily in Britain but have also worked with NGOs in India, Nepal, Somaliland and Sweden.

I particularly enjoy working on heritage projects, helped establish one of Somaliland’s first environmentally-sustainable organic farms, offer editorial support for community initiatives in India working with indigenous people displaced by mining concerns and environmental degradation and enjoy supporting arts and facility development projects.

In a voluntary capacity, I am currently supporting an annual London-based indigenous film festival, grass-roots community sports activities and have recently secured funding to replace nesting platforms in an East London docklands basin to enhance biodiversity in the area.


Qualifications

My degrees in Environmental Management, Communications, training in counselling with people with learning disabilities and status as a former quality assurance systems Mentor and a Fellow of the School for Social Enterpreneurs help inform an understanding of clients’ visions and work.

Having been raised in three very different continents, I often share clients' personal experiences of migration and displacement.

I managing my own smallholdings, am a socio-documentary photographer and a writer.


Experience

A former director of a complementary health charity, development worker in an environmental charity, grants officer, journalist, socio-documentary photographer, race relations and heritage researcher, I facilitate project management, fundraising, quality assurance reviews and editorial work in creative, environmental, health, heritage, human rights and employment-related fields.

• With over twenty years’ experience as a Project Manager within voluntary and statutory sectors in London and abroad, I have also worked as a grants assessor and consultant for umbrella organisations supporting minority ethnic and women’s organisations;

• In my capacity as a writer, researcher and photo-journalist, I have produced feasibility studies and helped launch community and cultural heritage organisations, publications for children and women, videos and exhibitions addressing race, domestic violence, housing, heritage and environmental sustainability;

• I facilitate creative workshops with young people in galleries, museums, housing estates and schools using art templates, recycled materials, photography and video to explore social, cultural history and waste education issues;

• My interest in addressing issues affecting vulnerable residents including women, minority ethnic communities, refugees and people living with disabilities in combination with the arts, environmental issues and human rights campaigns also helps inform my work.