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As a small community organisation, we rely on the income from our classes, as well as funding for larger projects including re-modelling and maintenance. We have a business plan for future developments and activities, that can only be achieved with the support of others.
We are always looking to partner with local companies, who may be looking for ways to fulfil their Corporate Social Responsibility activities. Here’s some ideas around how you or your company could help:
1. Grants & Funding: Does your company provide financial support or grants around some of our current user interests such as health, well-being, sports, children or the age?
2. Match Funding :Do you work for a bank or building society who could provide £ for £ match funding as part of our fundraising activities, at some of our seasonal events and activities?
3. Fundraising: Are you looking to nominate a charity as your annual company fundraiser activities? We’d love you to choose us as your chosen charity for the year?
4. Product Partnership: Could you donate a percentage of your annual products sales to us, as your chosen good cause? Say £1 for every product sold? Research shows that consumers are more likely to purchase a product which supports a charity.
5. People and Project fulfilment: Does your organisation allow it’s staff time out of work to volunteer on capital/fulfilment projects? Could they provide, equipment, people and/or skills, for our ongoing projects?
We are always looking to make new Corporate Partnerships locally and nationally to help fund, offer resources, or time to enhance and develop the facilities for the overall good of our community of Framwellgate Moor and surrounding areas.
We give great thanks below, to all of our past and current Corporate Supporters and Funders, as we really could not achieve what we have, without their ongoing commitment and support!
Hallmark Awards certified by ACRE
Coop Community fund
We are bidding to get funding for a new facility in the main hall – this would include a multi-media audio system to make our main hall more accessible to those with hearing disabilities and widen its use to a range of presentational style events such as group teaching and public meetings. Please see our Future Goals and Aims page (accessible from the Home page) for further details.
The link to our cause profile page is https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/43723
New College Durham
New College students and staff support our Community café and use our commercial kitchen to serve refreshments to visitors, group members and people from the Care home. Their catering department were super-stars at the inter-generational Christmas dinner for the senior citizens from the area. They provided the delicious food and student helpers with Durham City Youth Project members who served and chatted with guests.
You can find out more about New College Durham at https://www.newcollegedurham.ac.uk/
Garfield Weston Fund
From their 60th Anniversary Fund of £45000 we were able to develop our previous tired kitchen into a usable commercial kitchen and Community Café, which is used by everyone.
this is https://garfieldweston.org/
2019 Modular furniture for the youth kitchen hall. The new furniture replaces old and unhealthy furniture in this area. The furniture has the advantage that is easy to clean and keep clean and can be moved around to fit the circumstances that any group occupying this area wishes. It can be used for on-to-one sessions or group relaxation with chairs pushed together (situation permitting). It not only makes this area look more modern but it is also fit for purpose and was exactly the type of furniture that groups wanted.
National Lottery Awards for All –
Have supported us by funding a grant for £10,000. This enabled us to develop the Youth hall male toilet into a more serviceable and in demand toilet that our male members want to use. This was a necessary update to toilets which were in a poor state which put off some groups from using the Youth hall.
The male toilets in the Youth hall and kitchen reception area needed completely reorganising and revitalising as they were in a poor state, which was difficult to keep clean because of the very old WC’s, sinks and urinals. This benefited the male members of all groups (such as Durham City Youth Project and Durham Bridge Club) who use this area and the Youth hall itself. As part of our continual upgrading programme this was identified by the trustees and also by groups who would have used this area if the toilets had been in a better state. It also brought the male toilet into line with a previous upgrading of the female toilet in this area. It has the advantage that many more groups now want to make use of this area.
Durham AAP & Local Councillors
2020 Main Office security – was funded by a grant of £1780 following a recent break in, trustees needed to increase the security of the Office area, especially as the centre was closed because of the lockdown imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The funding enabled the Office area to become less vulnerable by replacing old worn out door frames with new much more substantial ones and all the doors were replaced by stronger fire resistant doors. As our Office area is open for hire this was very important to be able to protect our hire income from depreciating. This was a valuable grant from the Durham AAP and Local Councillors.
National Lottery Community Fund –
2020 Covid-19 support – was funded by a grant of £31,699 following the coronavirus affect on our community. Trustees needed to ensure that the centre was Covid-19 secure. The funding enabled trustees to appoint Covid-19 coordinators to assist with our safety first approach. We also used the grant to develop automated window ventilation in our halls and enhance Covid-19 signage (including electronic screens) throughout the centre. Hand sanitising stations were introduced and an extensive cleaning programme was put in place. Additionally office screens, PE for our staff, hire subsidies to our user groups who were feeling the effect of the lockdown and building compliance plus utility recovery were instituted.