We have supported OAOP to access funding to identify older men who are isolated and lonely in the Otley area. This is through a a Community Transport Association funding programme. Transport will be used to bring men together and then take them to a range of places and events that the individuals and the group choose. This project is one which John and Rachel have been working on with OAOP to both identify gaps in community support and then find ways to provide solutions.
Rachel and John have just started work with Women’s Health Matters – through the Lloyds Bank Foundation Enhance programme – working with staff, trustees, volunteers and women supported by WHM to develop their new strategic plan – exciting times!
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.
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.
In December TSC received an urgent call from the Life Centre, a community association and centre at the heart of the Bierley estate in Bradford. Due to staff sickness and resignations they were in sore need of immediate fundraising expertise. The Life Centre has literally been a life line for this community through the pandemic, providing practical support, activities and social contact for hundreds of local residents. The Centre works a lot with different generations from pre-school through to older people. We are pleased to be working with such a great cause and with committed people. Watch this space!