Trinity School is the largest secondary school in Cumbria, and one of only two to be formally designated a Church of England Academy in the far North West of England. Trinity take their holistic approach to religious education very seriously - it forms the backbone of a teaching principle that is spiritual as well as educational. None of the students have engaged their right to opt out of religious studies - in fact it is upon the request of the students that the School are now seeking funding to increase the hours of their resident Chaplain from 16 per week to 24. CFC is working closely with the staff and students of Trinity to develop a Case for Support for GMT applications to supplement the hours of the Chaplain (who is currently paid on a discretionary basis by the Governors from a DoE grant that is not stipulated for this purpose and cannot therefore be increased).
The Workington Stella Maris Project
Like so many of the other historically-important E W Pugin-designed churches in the UK, Our Lady Star of the Sea & St.Michael's Roman Catholic Church (OLSM) Workington, is slowly crumbling and losing the external and internal characteristics which make her a rare and important gem in the crown of our national church heritage. CFC is spear-heading a £0.75 million HLF-backed capital fundraising appeal (designated The Workington Stella Maris Project) whose aim it is to preserve, conserve and restore the church to its former glory - whilst opening up her rare assets to both the local community and the general public nationwide. The Stella Maris project is an ambitious one that aims not only to conserve OLSM for the next 140 years of liturgical worship (as is unerringly critical to us for its intended purpose), but one that places the Lady firmly in the sights of 'must-see' national heritage sites.
South Lakes Citizens Advice
Although located in what appears to be one of the most affluent areas of the Lake District, people living in the South Lakes area suffer from more than their fair share of consumer, financial and housing problems. Serving them faithfully is South Lakes Citizens Advice (SLCA) - an independently run charity that is part of the famous nationally-based Citizens Advice Bureaux franchise. SLCA is uniquely responsible for staffing and manning 4 separate offices - in Windermere, Kendal, Grange and Ulverston. Whilst SLCA gratefully receives ongoing funding by South Lakes District Council, cutbacks due to central goverment austerity measures as well as the recent impact of foot and mouth and regular flooding, have hit SLCA and the people it supports particularly badly. CFC are proud to be responsible for development and implementation of an external private revenue fundraising programme that will hopefully help it to survive - not only for the next few years, but also for the sustainable future of this much-needed free, impartial, and increasingly 'in demand' public facility.
Higham Hall College
Set In the glorious surroundings of Setmurthy Woods on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake, and conveniently located between Keswick and Cockermouth, Higham Hall College is a unique charity for lifelong learning that provides a huge range of residential educational courses - running a spectrum from various arts and crafts studies - to musical educational and appreciation courses. All of this is encapsulated in the Hall, its wonderful grounds, and its various associated buildings. Higham Hall is unique amongst other similar colleges in the UK due not only to the breadth and depth of the learning opportunities it provides, but also to its Grade 2 listing and the history it provides for those who visit it. Higham Hall has an enviable participant retention rate - students come year after year to partake of high quality learning, food of renowned reputation, and a setting that befits a 'high-class' hotel! The College and its Trustees are fully aware, however, that because of its distinct audience demographic and the clear evidence that our UK population is an increasingly ageing one, changes must be made to the Hall and its grounds in order to improve accessibility. CFC is excited to be retained as fundraiser for a seminal capital project whose aim is not only to provide new ground-level accommodation and maximise utilisation and accessibility of and to other existing areas on site, but to also ensure that its does so in a manner that is aethestically and historically pleasing. The critical task we face in this project, which we have called 'A Slope in the Right Direction' is to ensure full accessibility whilst maintaining a venue that does not immediately shout 'institutionalised' CFC and its Higham clients strongly believe that the 'Slope in the Right Direction' project could become a seminal role model for other places of adult learning throughout the UK.
Carlisle Cathedral Choir
Carlisle Cathedral is one of the smallest Cathedrals in the UK. With a very small precinct set in the very heart of a large urban sprawl that is the City of Carlisle, space and buildings in the precinct are at a premium. Like all cathedrals across the land, Carlisle strongly feels its duty to the commitment it has to ensure that high quality choral music, for which cathedrals are renowned, is practiced, purveyed and developed on site. Until just recently, Carlisle Cathedral has had little opportunity to compete with the rest of the Cathedrals in the UK to attract the very best emerging singing talent with which to enrich and consolidate it's music making. The key factor in this has been the lack of on-site accommodation to offer choral scholars during the year-long placements that are available at cathedrals elsewhere in the UK. In 2015, Carlisle's Cathedral Chapter made the unprecedented (since 1122) decision to allow one of its administrative buildings to be made over to provide shared en-suite accommodations available to new choral scholars (and an organ scholar). Choral scholars (who are usually on a gap year between school and university) are traditionally poorly remunerated........a figure of £3000 for the year is not unheard of. Rent-free accommodation is thus a vital offering for all Cathedrals if they are to attract the brightest and best talent to their site. CFC has been tasked with providing the fundraising revenue required to provide our Cathedral with the stipend required to attract 3 of the best choral scholars available (tenor, alto, bass) for the coming 3 years. In a project we have called 'The Carlisle Cathedral Choral Champions Project', CFC is delighted to be able to report that it has so far raised £28,500 from GMT's to consolidate this new music avenue at the Cathedral. We hope to welcome two 'Friends of Cathedral Music' and a 'D'Oyly Carte' choral scholar to our precinct in the upcoming 2016 season.
Cumbria Crossroads Care
CFC won the fundraising pitch to provide Cumbria Crossroads Care with new revenue funding to support its charitable activities in 2014. Cumbria Crossroads Care was our local franchise of a nationally-based charity providing unique care support for long-term carers. The ethos of the charity was to provide local carers with the physical, mental, and social support - as well as regular physical respite- it felt was required to assist these unpaid and unsung heroes working 24/7 for family, friends, or other loved ones. CFC was tasked with developing and implementing an external fundraising strategy that would return both national and local revenue to assist it in its mission to help the unsung carer heroes in our local community. During less than one year of work with the staff and management of Cumbria Crossroads Care, CFC implemented a 3-year rolling plan strategy of regular giving, local fundraising, national GMT fundraising, and local corporate giving approaches for the charity. This went on to win Cumbria Crossraids Care a £90K p.a. Triangle Trust 3-year support plan, consolidate a £150K p.a Big Lottery 3-year grant award, achieve £5K of ongoing local corporate support, and win a one-off £30K revenue grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation. Sadly, the Trustees of Cumbria Crossroads Care decided in late 2015 to amalgamate with the 'for-profit' Four Seasons Care Franchise. The funds that CFC has raised were duly therefore returned to the relevant funders.
Empirical Science Education
CFC were first approached by ESE as the result of an initial web enquiry to 'nfpsynergy', asking for advice about the possibility of GMT fundraising. This was passed on to CFC because of our expertise in GMT fundraising. ESE is a registered Community Interest Company that has been set up with the purpose of providing tutored practical laboratory skills to the many school leavers and university undergraduate science students for whom physical work experience in a laboratory setting is no longer available. Lack of such practical skill availability is largely due to DoE cost cuts and Health & Safety issues. ESE feels strongly that we are not providing our UK STEM corporates with the level of experienced graduate they require to take up immediate appointments - for them, the burden of 'up-skilling' our home grown students is rapidly exceeding likely return. In a nutshell, our UK STEM students today leave formal education with little experience of what it is like to work physically and appropriately in a large-scale industrial setting. The 'brain drain' of the 80's is now reversed - our UK positions are being increasingly filled by those students from other countries who still rely on the tried and tested methods of assessing good potential workers through practical ability. ESE aims to change this by providing a not-for-profit alternative service of non-examination based training that provides our UK industries with students who require the least amount of further hand's on training before they are 'fit for employment purposes'. CFC has worked over the past 18 months to develop not only a Case for Support and a lengthy Business & Financial plan for the work that ESE wishes to do, but to also build the relevant applications and GMT relationships ESE requires to help fund the £100K finance this social enterprise requires. Several applications have been submitted by CFC and are pending, and Dr Ruth Jeffcoate was inaugurated as a member of the ESE Advisory Panel in autumn 2015. She regularly skypes with other ESE advisors across the UK to provide advice on ESE financial/service provision issues.
Nenthead Chapel Project
CFC were retained in 2014 to produce a finite number of documents to help support the Nenthead Chapel Project. Nenthead, which is situated in the vastly exposed extreme regions of Cumbria near Alston, is recognised as the UK's very first social enterprise village. The Nenthead community committee own their own shop, pub, school, park, and, interestingly, their own snow-plough (which is without a doubt needed during the winter months when access because of remoteness would otherwise see them marooned for weeks on end. The Nenthead Project was designed to turn a derelict Quaker Chapel in the middle of the village into a Community Hub providing regular GP surgeries, refreshments, cultural exhibitions, school events, and opportunities to rest and refresh for the Coast to Coast cyclists who pass through the village regularly on their route destination. The Chapel Project also hopes to provide community opportunities for regular grocery shopping, post office services, and other services as the local stakeholders see fit. CFC were proud to provide the Nenthead project with a Case for Support, the GMT research required for appropriate funding applications, and a well-researched and consolidated listing of potential Corporate partners/funders. We continue to wish the best for the Nenthead Chapel Project as they slowly but surely tread their own path into the world of revenue and self-sustainability.
Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Club
Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Club was established in 2009, initially through the inspiration of one parent frustrated at the lack of sporting opportunities in Cumbria for people with disabilities.
After a little research and some help from Carlisle City Council's Sports Development Team, a wheelchair basketball taster session was set up which proved a roaring success.
From day one, it was decided that the club should aim to be fully inclusive and open to any age and any ability, from grassroots to international level. Since then, the Club (now a registered charity 1144266) has gone from strength to strength and now offers a wide range of sporting activities including basketball, boccia, tennis, powerchair football and athletic opportunities.
CFC was retained as CWSC fundraiser in 2013, and took the Club from an average fundraising income of just £15K to its current day figure of > £130,000 per annum. CFC has also helped the Club purchase a huge amount of bespoke equipment that includes over £250K of chairs and other stock. CFC was also instrumental in raising the funds for the Club's current fleet of football powerchairs (worth in excess of £65K), as well as forging the important media connections which saw the powerchair football team officially affiliated with Carlisle United Football Club as the Carlisle United Powerchair Football Club. Dr Ruth Jeffcoate was sworn in as a member of the CWSC Trustee Board at the end of 2013, and served on the Board until end June 2016 when she stood down to allow other members of the Club and its upcoming committee servers to help it move through its next stage of development. CFC is proud to have instigated and implemented a new and highly successful media, marketing and PR project for CWSC. A long funding campaign to maximise local sporting partnerships (e.g. Active Cumbria) as well as, of course, a highly successful fundraising strategy and ongoing funding implementation programme has left the Club in an excellent position to move forwards, upwards and to excel in the future. As Ruth Jeffcoate says 'the day we found out that the CWSC Panthers basketball team had won the National League title and had 3 of its team members called up to play for Team GB was the day I felt that our work at CFC has come to fruition and a close. All members of CFC wish CWSC the best of luck for the future, and will watch it move forwards with great pride, satisfaction and warmth.
Christ Church, Great Broughton
CFC was retained by the Parochial Church Council of Christ Church Great Broughton in early 2014 in order to help them raise the £96K they needed to install toilets, a kitchenette, and a re-vamped area at the back of the Church to provide a much needed community space and drop-in centre. Although built in 1886 and unlisted, CFC discovered that this tiny village church boasts some very unique features such as their stunning stained-glass window panels, designed by William Morris & his Arts & Crafts colleagues, and made by the famous glass company, Whitefriars of London.
Within 6 months, thanks to grants awarded to CFC by WREN, Garfield Weston Foundation and other GMTs, CFC had secured the funding for the project, and the structural work was underway. The new facilities were blessed and officially opened in a ceremony led by the Arch Deacon of Cumbria (Richard Pratt) in the late Autumn of 2014 at which CFC was proudly present.
Carlisle Cathedral - The Fratry Appeal Bringing Untold Stories to Life for Everyone
CFC was first retained as the official GMT fundraiser for this £3.24 million Heritage Lottery Fund-supported capital project in the early Spring of 2012. The project, which is named 'bringing untold stories to life for everyone' has been a hugely ambitious project whose aim has been to turn the Cathedral’s 14th Centrury Grade 1-listed Fratry building (the only surviving Augustinian monks refectory in the far North West of England) into a world-class exhibition, heritage and learning space.
The project was quickly and strongly supported by a number of high-impact GMT awards made via CFC applications, but suffered from issues relating to the original architect's plans and vision for the building development. After over 18 months in which the Fratry team had to re-tender and re-submit plans to the HLF for the new build, the project is now finally back on track with a firm backing of over £1.8 million from the HLF. In September 2016, CFC will rejoin the project to help oversee the last and (hopefully) final fundraising furlong required to see the project to fruition and a build start in Autumn 2017. CFC has been helped by a fundraising committee of eminent members of Cumbrian society, along with an impressive list of Patrons who include Fiona Armstrong, Hunter Davies, Lord Inglewood, Lord Liddle and Eric Robson amongst their number. After CFC's initial successful first Trust fund round of > £568K, we hope that the final fundraising ask of £350K will come to resolution quickly so that we can all celebrate the heritage, culture and new history that awaits us at this iconic building in Cumbria.
Lake District Summer Music (LDSM)
LDSM is a Festival of classical music and associated training/educational strands that has been bringing the world’s finest musicians and talented fledgling young performers to the Lake District for almost 32 years.
Founded by Renna Kellaway MBE (who remains Artistic Director), this annual Festival offers a wide range of concerts to suit all tastes, many of which are held in some of the most historic churches, halls and venues throughout Cumbria.
In common with arts organisations throughout the UK, LDSM was severely affected by withdrawal of central government funds (i.e. Arts Council England) as well as the general UK demise of funding/donations for the arts in 2012 and beyond. CFC was retained in February 2012 as LDSM's official fundraising consultant, with a remit to find new GMT revenue funds to the tune of £25K per annum. During the past 4 years of our work with LDSM, CFC has initiated new marketing and PR procedures and a variety of new fundraising approaches to regular givers, new donors, corporates and, of course, GMTs. CFC has brought to LDSM several large revenue grants that have considerable national kudos (e.g. £10K from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation), along with a steady stream of small, medium and large size grants for bursaries required to sustain its International Summer Music Academy. In July 2016, LDSM has accepted CFC's recommendations that its musical provision going forwards be re-considered and re-configured to meet the needs and strengths that other similar organisations are now bringing to the funding table. We wish LDSM every best wish for the future, and thanks it for allowing us to be part of its successful interim project.
Charity Comms is the professional membership body for charity communicators, a charity led by the sector for the sector. Communications are integral to each charity’s work for a better world and Charity Comms aims to improve the standard of communications and champion its role in the sector. Their vision is a charity sector that always values and uses effective communications.
Charity Comms cover the whole comms remit, including brand and marketing, media relations, public relations, publishing, social marketing, digital and social media, campaigning, reputation and risk management and internal communications. They also run askCHARITY, a free online media matching service, which makes it easier and faster for media professionals to get in touch with charities. askCHARITY opens up hard to reach sections of the media to charities and enables journalists to broaden their contacts and coverage within the charity sector. CFC has an ongoing commissioned service to provide funding research to support the work of Charity Comms in improving communication between UK charities.