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.

Called in to plug the gap for Bierley Community Association and the Life Centre

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!

Excellent news for ecoACTIVE – an early Christmas present!

TSC has supported ecoACTIVE (working in hackney and Newham) in developing a case for support and a presentation to the Hiscox Foundation. This was successful and has resulted in a £15,000 grant towards core costs – the nirvana for fundraising in that it contributes to the bottom line. EcoACTIVE was approached by one of their trustees who is leading on environmental issues for Hiscox. There is scope here for collaborating with Hiscox on an environmental journey rather than this being a one off. We’re delighted!

What an extraordinary year is 2021 – Together Dementia Support

Sometimes you get on a roll and isn’t that great! In a period of just 7 months TSC has raised £500,000 for a dementia support charity in Manchester. Yes, £500,000!  Together Dementia Support do incredible work supporting people with dementia AND their carers. The pandemic brought home to them that if they support the carers, the carers can more effectively care for their loved ones – and for themselves. Prior to this fundraising we developed a new 5 year strategy and then John took on the actual fundraising. Such good results came about through a genuinely collaborative approach with the CEO, Sally Ferris. This amazing organisation is now stabilised for the next three years.

Wonderful news for Abigail Housing – supporting asylum seekers and refugees in Bradford and Leeds

We’ve just heard that, with our active support, Abigail Housing gas been granted £50,000 over two years from the Lloyds Bank Foundation for its work supporting around 90 asylum seekers and refugees in Bradford and Leeds. This is a crucial core funding grant for this amazing charity which is actively growing both how it works and the scale of its work – always seeking to become more effective in what it does. It’s a good week already!

Great news for the Adhar Project working with marginalised communities!

I’m very pleased to have helped the Adhar project in Leicester get a grant for £10,000 which will enable them to communicate and respond to the many people turning to them for help with mental health issues. The project was desperate for new equipment: phone system and desktop computers so that staff can deliver effective online workshops and one to one sessions. And, they will have funds to hold a Healing and Togetherness event for the many people touched by Covid – great news!

John is now working on the new Apprenticeship in Fundraising

Having been approached by the Aim Group to see if I was interested in working as an ‘industry specialist’ on the new Fundraising Apprenticeship I’m pleased to say that I will be working with them as both Associate Assessor and Reviewer of the materials used in the framework. It feels good to be able to support others in their learning and career progression. My own learning will also be boosted as I will need to complete a course in Assessment as part of the programme.

Work with Otley Action for Older People Reaches New Heights!

Just when we thought it could get no better?We have supported their amazing team of staff and trustees in bringing about the refurbishment of the entire Hub in the centre of Otley – together raising around £400,000. Not only this, we have supported them in their successful bid to the National Lottery which has raised a grant of around £140,000 to cover costs for a Volunteer Engagement and Community Worker. We have visited the refurbished Hub and it looks amazing – we will post some photos soon. This is a real story of vision turning into reality – with a lot of hard work!