End of year update on volunteering and fundraising

Volunteering: Connecting Volunteers programme

This year our volunteers have contributed 960 hours of their time, assisting with fundraising, events, communications, finance, office administration, care service administration, and payroll.

A volunteer has moved from volunteering into paid employment in our payroll and banking team.

In November we successfully secured funding from Santander for £5,000 towards the costs of running the programme. which supports disabled people to overcome social isolation and contribute directly to our community.

Next year, we will:

  • Fundraise to help towards the cost of running the volunteer programme
  • Work with other local charities to identify volunteering opportunities in their organisations and sharing resources such as community transport.

Fundraising

This year we started crowdfunding!

We reached out to our local community, and engaged with businesses so they can contribute their time, resources and money to our charity’s beneficiaries.

We tested our approach by holding a small fundraising dinner for local businesses in February which raised around £270 for social activities for care service customers.

The Halloween Fun Day gave us an opportunity to fundraise through the council-endorsed crowdfunding platform Spacehive, with a clear call to action for the public, businesses and grant funders to get involved.

We crowdfunded to cover the costs of the fun day and generated enough public interest to secure additional funding from WSCC Community Initiative Fund. We engaged with the local Santander branch who volunteered their time and match-funded money raised at the event!

The Fun Day was attended by over 300 people and altogether we raised over £2,500 plus over £500 worth of prizes, plus staff, volunteers, customers, and local businesses gave their time and provided free activities on the day.

After covering the event costs we now have raised over £1,500 for social activities for our customers and disabled people living locally.

Next year, we will:

  • Hold more fundraiser events like the Halloween Fun day in the Spring, Summer, Autumn
  • Set up campaign so that individuals can fundraise on our behalf

We have identified a range of national and local grant opportunities to increase community participation through social activities,the Connecting Volunteers programme, and through buying an accessible vehicle for our customers and local community to use. In the last 6 months we have applied for over £100,000 of grants so far with £6,271 raised to date.

Next year, we will:

  • Continue to research and apply for grants focussing on increasing community participation.
  • Invest funds raised so far in social activities for our customers and other disabled people living across West Sussex.