360 degree consultations with Otley Action for Older People

We are carrying out a range of consultation and involvement processes with Otley Action – to ensure that the organisation knows what the needs are for older people, what the impact of the support provided is and that all key stakeholders can give their independent feedback – all making sure that the charity is on track. The first consultation event was with 15 volunteers earlier this week – asking them what the challenges are that older people face; which ones Otley Action should focus on; what they get out of volunteering and any suggestions for developing and clarifying the role of volunteer. It was a lively session with a good number of insights and suggestions coming through – more detail n this in a later post. We will also be consulting with the members (the older people using the services), staff, trustees, the public and exteranl agencies e.g. commissioners, MP, health centres etc. Thin will all feed into a report including both observations and suggestions for development.

New clients for Third Sector Consultancy

As from February we are working with two new clients: Otley Courthouse and the Bridge Church. Otley Courthouse is 20 years old this May and provides a wide range of arts, cultural and community activities – through a small staff team and a much larger team of volunteers of all ages. The Courthouse are keen to develop a stronger Volunteer Co-ordinator role, for much needed new equipment  and to raise funds for core costs. The Bridge Church is a United Reformed Church in Otley (Leeds) and provides a good range of community support services as well as being a place of worship. Funds are needed for a new roof and the remodel and refurbish a much used community room.

£15,000 towards a new minibus for Otley Action for Older People

We are pleased to report that this grant from the Clothworker’s Foundation means that all the £90,000 has been raised for a new, bespoke minibus for this charity supporting older people in Otley and the surrounding area. Part of the process included supporting staff in consulting with the volunteers and members to find out what kind of features the new minibus should have. We have helped Otley Action before in consulting with stakeholders and are about to do so again – with members, volunteers, staff, trustees and external partners.

£250,000 from Heritage Lottery Fund for ecoACTIVE!

The Hackney Buzzline is an exciting project aiming to set up a 4 kilometre ‘buzzline’ for bees.The Hackney Buzzline will be a four kilometre ecological corridor extending through and between four east London parks. The parks are all local sites of importance for nature conservation. The corridor will be built by sowing wildflower meadows, planting flower beds and creating ‘stepping-stone’ habitats for pollinators every 100-200 metres along the route. Having invested a lot of time and energy in supporting Jess the CEO in developiung an application we have just heard that it was successful – £250,000 to help create this amazing lifeline over the next 3 years.

Incredible news for Fusion Housing Kirklees! £70,000 award!

Many organisations applied to the government’s Cost of Living crisis funding programme. Third Sector Consultancy worked with Fusion to apply for a grant for their increasingly needed Food and More propjevct. This doesn’t only help people with food to live, but works with them to learn new skills in order to manage their lives more as they wish to. This work was led by Rachel and was successful in being awarded a grant for £70,000!