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About Us

Who We Are and What We Do

Evolve believe people matter; everyone has the potential to achieve. Everyone deserves the opportunity to be the best that they can be.

Evolve Nottingham CIC believe people matter; we work in local neighbourhoods and provide a local hub of activity to support and provide opportunities for people to help them change their own lives. We encourage people to become active citizens to improve their social, physical, and economic environments. Evolve work with local communities to formulate solutions to local issues. 


Evolve Nottingham CIC work with young people, residents, and community groups within the Strelley, Broxtowe, Aspley areas. The area is located within the North of Nottingham City, the area is an extremely challenging area with some of the highest unemployment figures in the country alongside some of the lowest attainment in relation to education.  This is alongside some of the poorest health figures in the country.

Evolve Aims To:

  • Inspire and empower people to be actively involved in issues that affect their community;

  • Provide innovative and responsive effective services which reflect the needs of the community;

  • Provide young people with the best opportunities to achieve their full potential. 

  • To provide a local hub and services that are trusted and accessed by all.

  • To provides support and opportunities for volunteering and training and pathways to employment.

  • To ensure that we continue to learn and progress with the changing community around us.

  • To lead a programme of activity to support healthy and active Community.

Meet the People Behind The Work

Karen Swan

Chief Executive


 Karen is the driving force behind Evolve, her career began working in Housing Management and working in communities in the City of Nottingham. Karen studied health, nutrition and sports science. Karen wanted to be able to bring about change in the communities where she worked and wanted to utilise her skills and passion to make a difference.This combined with the inspiration from the late Jean Case who was also a founder member (taken too soon)  Evolve  was born.

Gary Bulmer

Operational Director

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After spending 30 years working in the Police, by far the most challenging and rewarding part was as a neighbourhood Policing Sergeant in the Broxtowe area of the City. Listening to the concern and fears of the community, and working together with partners to offer real solutions. I’m so pleased to be still working hard for the area, with people who are passionate, understand how to bring communities together in difficult times, and see the great potential all around us”.

Lianne Taylor

Strategic Director


Lianne has held a career in supporting Communities for over 30 years with a background in strategic Leadership and operational delivery in the Public Sector, Housing and the Voluntary Sector.  Lianne is  passionate about supporting communities and is happy to be returning to be working in the North of the City.

Our  Team

Gemma Hoasky

Youth Worker

 Gemma leads our Music sessions with the older group on a Wednesday evening. Gemma has worked with young people for 15 years, currently teaching at FUEL alternative provision. Gemma leads on personal well being and sex education.

Michaela Dockerty

Youth Support Assistant

Micheala supports our youth sessions and takes the lead on all things crafty using craft as expression for your young people. Micheala lives locally so has an extremely good connection with our young people and their families.

Justin Voce

Youth Worker

Justin has worked with young people for 20 years and is currently the behavioural support lead at Fuel alternative provision. Justin supports young people with a proactive approach, he is always looking for further opportunities to develop our young people and offer them more opportunities.

Iona Wells


Iona is currently doing an apprenticeship with us via the Royal Foundation.  Iona's apprenticeship is the first of its kind in England and focuses on bringing activity into the community. Iona studies one day a week with other apprentices from around the city from similar organisations.


under Development

Evolve Nottingham CIC Evolved in 2016. 
We have  had many successes and have  grown and continue to expand. As a result we are developing our internal  governance to reflect this and are in the process of developing our governance model. This is set in our business plan for 2019 /2020.

Evolve Nottingham Our Partners

Evolve Nottingham are very grateful for the support of many partners and agencies. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate and deliver outcomes for the communities we all serve.

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