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The Chellington Centre

Kith and Kids  

British Muslim Forum

                  

The Chellington Centre 

 

The Chellington Appeal was officially launched in October 2002. Chellington was a medieval redundant church in South Bedfordshire and the Chellington Project Team, chaired by trustee John Tusting, a member of the local parish, launched a £1.2 million appeal to carry out extensive upgrading and extending the church to create a residential centre for young people.   

 

Catherine Farrell worked with the board of Trustees to make major appeals to national trusts, local trusts and local people. Networking played a significant role and was a key factor to the success of the project, along with the Chairman's enthusiasm and commitment to making the project a success. 

 

The biggest gift was £335,000 from a charitable trust, and other major gifts for the building, landscaping and equipment were secured through the Landfill Tax Credits Scheme. Building work commenced in October 2004. With the bulk of the money raised from trusts, landfill operators, livery companies, Lottery and local individuals for the building itself, Chellington needed the funding for its first member of staff - a coordinator - and this was raised from a major grant-making trust. 

 

Chellington has been open now for five years and has proved to be very popular, weekends are booked well in advanced throughout the year and midweek bookings are a vital source of revenue for the future financial sustainability of the charity. A bursary fund has also been set up to assist disadvantaged young people who would otherwise not be able to benefit from a residential experience. The bursary has been supported again by local individuals and trusts.  

 

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Kith and Kids

 

Fabienne Poulet first worked with Kith and Kids, a charity which works with families living with learning, physical and sensory disabilities in Haringey, North London, in April 2003 and raised around £60,000 for projects from grant-making trusts and the Lottery. In 2006, Kith and Kids approached Midas again to raise funds for existing and new projects. This resulted in a five-year grant of £470,000 from the Lottery for an existing project and four grants (a total of £124,000) from charitable trusts for new work.  

 

Thanks to the breathing space provided by these major grants, Kith and Kids was able to commission Fabienne to develop the charity’s first three-year fundraising strategy.  

 

Fabienne now works two days a month with Kith and Kids’ Director, implementing the statutory and trusts fundraising elements of the strategy and has been asked to raise core costs for their family support service.  

 

‘We continue to be thoroughly impressed with the inventiveness and quality of Fabienne’s work and are delighted with the fantastic results she has achieved on behalf of Kith & Kids. In an increasingly competitive funding climate, Fabienne’s expertise has been vital to help our strategic development and the diversification of our income streams, creating a more secure base for Kith & Kids’ future.’

Marjolein de Vries, Director of Kith and Kids

 

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British Muslim Forum

 

Martin Shaw has been working continually with the Trustees of the British Muslim Forum since 2008. The BMF is a membership organisation of over 900 mosques in the UK.

 

This has been a “management” assignment as he was originally contracted by the Communities and Local Government Department when the organisation ran into difficulties organising its finances and administration, and in particularly with several grants it was receiving from CLG.

 

Martin’s task was to go through all the accounts and then investigate all the work of the BMF relating to the grants in order to produce a summary of the whole organisation to a new set of Trustees as well as the CLG.

 

Since the start of the work Martin has continued to help the organisation sort out these difficulties and is now working long term with the charity in terms of its overall strategy and involvement of members within its structure.

 

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