Rachel and I are delighted to start work with a new client Acorn Recovery projects – a charity working across Lancashire to support people recovering from alcohol and drug addictions. An incredible 85% of the staff working for Acorn are themselves recovering from addictions. We aim to pull out all the stops in order to raise funds for this great cause!
Rachel and I are delighted to welcome a new client in the Manningham project. It’s always great to work with a client just down the road and we’ve been working with the project to access funding so that we can deliver some real development work with them. The Project supports local people with advice and support on benefits, immigration, employment and housing. Their vision is to remodel the service so that rather than just problem-solving for clients when the problems are there they intend to provide support which will empower people to manage much of this themselves – we want to be part of that!
It’s very nice to be on a roll with fundraising and it’s certainly just that with Stanley Grange Community Association right now. The latest significant funder to pledge funds is the Garfield Weston Foundation – pledging £30,000. This makes £100,000 pledged within the last 3 months – bringing SGCA to just £38,000 from the target of £403,000 needed to modernise both Pendle and Weavers cottages so that they are great quality homes for the residents there. I’ll be working with the trustees this Saturday in order to explore the next phase and focus for the fundraising programme. Stanley Grange has an ambitious 11 stage programme in mind so there’s still a way to go overall.
“Funding from the Wolfson Foundation is awarded following rigorous and independent expert review. This grant recognises the quality of your project, and we hope that it not only acts as an endorsement of your activities but may also help you to secure additional funds from other sources.” The result is £45,000 for Stanley Grange Community Association towards the modernisation of Pendle and Weaver’s cottages lived in by adults with learning disabilities – in the fabulous ‘village’ setting that is Stanley Grange. It’s good to be doing this work as an associate for Moneytree Fundraising.
Having been visited by the Gostling Foundation in October it was then a waiting game to hear if they wished to support Stanley Grange Community Association with their modernisation programme – and they do! They have pledged £25,000 towards refurbishing Pendle and Weaver’s cottages – making sure that people with learning disabilities there have great quality accommodation. Phew!
As an associate for Moneytree Fundraising I am working to support Stanley Grange Community Association – which provides an intentional community for adults with learning disabilities and other complex needs. They are raising funds for the refurbishment of a range of houses. Part of my work with them has been to apply to the Edward Gostling Foundation and the Wolfson Foundation. We had a visit from the Gostling foundation on the 24 October and are awaiting the outcome with bated breath! We are also at stage 2 with the Wolfson Foundation and will hear the result by the end of December. All fingers are crossed!
Monday saw Rachel and I helping Otley Action consulting with the users and volunteers – exploring people’s views of the barriers facing older people now and in the future. A significant theme which arose was that of older people being digitally excluded from key services: banking (nearly all the banks in Otley have closed), applying for Blue Badges which now has to be done online – how does that work when people don’t have computers, use the internet or have email addresses? It looks like we’ll be working with Otley Action to address this issue. There was a great energy and atmosphere with both groups of people there.
2019 sees us working with CNet on two fronts: running courses – a ‘Stronger Voices’ 3 day course in training skills for community representatives (with Steve Skinner – national expert in community engagement) and fundraising workshop followed by one to one mentoring at the AGM day in July. Both well received by participants working from a wide range of local organisations. The second front sees us supporting CNet with their fundraising work – more news to come soon.
Having supported Churches Together in Otley to set up a new charity – Otley Youth and Community Centre – we are now working with Graham Buttanshaw and colleagues to source funds to develop the old Salvation Army building into a youth and community centre. The trustees are from a range of Otley’s churches having in common the desire to support young people and adults in the town. Architects plans have been drawn up and discussions are taking place about the best possible layouts for the new centre to be. Our work is currently helping OYCC develop a strategic and business plan, as well as identifying potential funders.
We are really delighted to be working with Battle Scars in Leeds. Battle Scars is a new user led organisation working to support anyone who suffers from self harm. They work principally in West Yorkshire at the moment as well as having a worldwide Facebook group. Rachel and I will be working with Battle Scars to do two things: help them build a strategic and business plan and to initiate funding processes. This new organisation has been welcomed by many people already due to there being little or no specialist support in this increasingly worrying area. We’ll keep you posted!