Positive People Care – reaching new heights

The need

The aim of the Positive People Care is to help and support people with mental health issues discharged from hospital or day care centres. They are able to offer members activities and opportunities to improve their confidence and improve their quality of life. This includes support in helping them re-enter community life, and find employment where possible.

Positive People Care was growing in size and felt it should become a constituted organisation with an active operating committee. This would ensure that:

  • the organisation of activities were shared amongst group members
  • negotiation with partners and other organisations could take place more effectively, and
  • fundraising and applying for funding could take place more efficiently.

The support

  • Developing a new constitution and working with the group to help them understand the implications and responsibilities of association.
  • Finding appropriate insurance and bank accounts.
  • Developing a code of conduct for members, helping them manage expectations and resolve possible future disputes.
  • Support with completing funding applications.
  • Attendance at network events and funding fairs to articulate their case for support.

The impact

Positive People Care is now a constituted organisation. It has a committee, a bank account and appropriate insurance. The group is now working to support even more people blighted by mental health issues.

Their chair said:

“A couple or years ago some of these members would not come out of their houses or get on a bus. How they have moved on speaks for its self. That is the purpose of the group (to move them on). They all have suffered from mental illness, with one having had cancer & been made homeless a few years ago and another attempted suicide on several occasions”.

Renovating Leverington Village Hall

 

The need

Leverington village hall sits close to Wisbech, one mile west of the River Nene. The village has a population of 3,300. The village hall was built in 1914, but has been modernised regularly, especially in the 1970’s when a new flat roof extension containing the kitchen, toilets and entrance area was added. The hall is used mainly in the evenings by local groups, and is the evacuation point for the primary school. The committee wished to improve the village hall by renovating the existing kitchen and toilet area, by replacing the existing emergency doors, and by replacing an aged central heating system.

The support

A number of advice sessions were given specifically on where and how to attract funding, with village hall committee members attending workshop events led by principal funders WREN and The Big Lottery Fund.

The impact

The Village hall committee have received over £2,000 in funding with which to begin their renovations. They are also considering a range of other funding opportunities based upon a sound and robust project plan for their village hall, and an understanding of future financial liabilities.

Cambridge organisation improves the emotional wellbeing of adults and children

The Cambridge Acorn Project is a Community Interest Company (CIC). Their mission is to improve the emotional wellbeing of adults and children. The Project is committed to developing services, in whatever form, to support both adults and children vulnerable to some form of emotional harm.

The need

The projects co-founder, Matt Edge wanted to establish a group to provide therapeutic support to traumatised children.

The support

Partner organisations provided advice and guidance on:

  • the structural options available for forming a group
  • what governance structures were available
  • the requirements for charitable registration, and its implications
  • research and development
  • business planning, and
  • project management.

The impact

Matt Edge said:

“We are a very new organisation and haven’t yet submitted any funding bids, but I can genuinely say that we would not be where we are if it were not for the support we have received, the invaluable guidance and assistance with decisions about whether or not to seek charitable status, our early ideas, funding possibilities, management committees and many other things besides. For an organisation with very limited funds and experience this support has been crucial, responsive, attentive and in-depth.”

Fenland charity providing training and day care for adults with disabilities

FACET was founded in 2002, and is a major provider of health and social care for adults with learning and other disabilities within Fenland and beyond. It provides vocational and accredited training in Independent Living Skills and Skills for Work, offering a wide range of daily programmes and activities including community support, horticulture, woodwork, catering, art and craft, drama, music and employability Skills. FACET has developed a range of accredited and vocational training programmes, supported by the provision of work experience and training placements in community-based enterprises which exist under the organisation’s umbrella, and include a horticultural project, a woodworking enterprise, four charity shops all known as FACET Homes and Gardens and a small catering training enterprise.

The need

Due to their diverse range of operation, FACET were required to develop a fundraising strategy for approval by their Board of Trustees.

The support

Partner organisations provided a framework for mentoring which outlined:

  • processes
  • outcomes
  • barriers
  • opportunities
  • fundraising and strategic development, and
  • action planning.

The impact

A completed fundraising strategy has been developed and was sent to the trustee board for approval. This includes both an assessment of current funding and the possibilities for future growth.

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