“Big Society Funding is the type of organisation we really need right now. Offering support to help community groups to help themselves, giving them the skills they need to make a real difference to the people they serve – it’s a winning model.” Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
We are an independent, not-for-profit social enterprise aiming to build community cohesion, individual skills and talents, particularly with those working in some of our most socially deprived and diverse neighbourhoods – and looking to better the lives of people facing, what can seem often, like intractable problems.
We work to build individual and organisational capacity, through focusing on governance, income generation and sustainability and try to capture the enthusiasms and energies of individuals, finding solutions and grasping the assets that we all possess.
Our support is delivered through expert training and mentoring that encourages and supports individuals and members of community groups to become ‘Big Society’ activists and fundraisers – finding a voice in shaping local services and increasing their ability to meet the needs of the disadvantaged communities they care about.
We also run our own projects with external funding, and secure contracts from a wide range of organisations to provide VCSE sector guidance, community development and engagement, research, evaluation, marketing and fundraising.
Mark Ereira-Guyer and Jordan Blyth are directors. James Baddeley, David Dawson, Emma Bishton and Natasha Ereira-Guyer are working as associate consultants.The team undertake their CIC work whilst still pursuing a wide range of their own consultancy assignments which amongst other outcomes have successfully fundraised over £26 million over the past 12 years for organisations based across eastern and south-earn England, London, East Midlands (Leicester) and the North-West (especially Cumbria and Blackpool).
Review of our work ‘Building Better Opportunities & Optimism’ 2011-2015
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