Massive boost for Todmorden Hippodrome!

John has supported the charity running the Todmorden Hippodrome to win a grant of over £800,000 from the Todmorden Town Bid programme initiated by central government. The funds will be to restructure and rebuild much of the inside of the premises to include new rehearsal and performance spaces. new community workshop room and storage spaces. Interestingly, the information for the application was based on a previous significant application – which was unsuccessful! They put on such good performances at the Hippodrome – and do great work with the children’s and young people’s theatre groups.

Developing the new 5 year strategic plan for Home-Start Kirklees

John has been supporting the Director and trustees at Home-Start Kirklees to develop their new 5 year plan – a project that has taken 6 months. It has involved extensive internal and external consultations. A message from the Director and trustees says: “On behalf of Home-Start Kirklees we wanted to thank you for your support and guidance over the last 6 months in helping us to develop a new strategic plan which will see us through the next 5 years. Your expertise has been most welcome and the experience working alongside you has been very positive. The board approved the strategic plan yesterday.” This work was supported by the Lloyds Bank Foundation Enhance programme – this enables charities to develop their functioning in a range of ways.