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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