Hi John, thanks for the welcome. Here is the information about our award. We do have a photograph if you wanted to add to the website etc:
Wheatpieces Community Centre in Tewkesbury, which is run by a team of volunteers as a community interest company , has received a prestigious award recognizing the ‘outstanding contribution’ made by volunteers and was named as ‘project of the year’ in the Gloucestershire Community 2012 Awards. The Award was presented to the volunteers at an award ceremony at Cheltenham Racecourse by the Earl of Wessex.
To celebrate the centre opened its doors with an open day with free activities for children including a bouncy castle and face painting and demonstrations by local clubs and groups.
Centre Manager, Adam Fendt comments, “This award has had such a positive impact increasing the number of enquiries and bookings meaning we can offer an even greater choice of activities and events”.
The community centre offers a large sports hall and meeting rooms which can be hired by the hour at reasonable cost. There is ample free parking, disabled facilities and free changing rooms with showers. Visit the website www.wheatpiecescommunitycentre.co.uk or ring Adam on 01684 294713 for more information.
ha ha! Thanks for the warm welcome! I work for a social enterprise that provides other social enterprises with legal advice and support and as part of that I set up a lot of CIC's and am a big fan and I try to encourage more people to go down this route. There still seems to be resistance to the CIC here in Scotland which I do not get! I joined as I'm always on the look out of guidance, advice and I suppose feedback on being a CIC! K
Hi John For the past 12 years Resolve (UK) C I C have provided bespoke 24/7 free and confidential debt advice to all mebers of Her Majesty,s Armed Forces and their famillies both whilst serving and after discharge. We deal in crisis management and rapid intervention.We are not able to cope with the requests for advice and am seeking funding for another adviser.
In brief we are a bridging service, an advice "portal" to independent financial services providers across Scotland. We do some stuff in house like financial fact finds, financial reviews and PPI claims but the rest we refer on as a sort of introductions service.... ( think uesfull Financial Dating! :-))
I take referrals from a lot of charities, community groups and even some housing associations, NHS staff and other advice services at the mo. We are always seeking new referrers and the beauty of what we do is what we offer fits everyone. Everyone needs financial advice and we just make it ethical, impartial and accessible as possible.
Its a free service as I am paid to be "an introducer" so its built on a private sector income model. Introducers are very common in the private financial services sector but unheard of in other sectors. I offer training, workshops, consultancy and other project support services for free to and will work with any sector comfortably.
Our site is under review as we are 1 1/2 yrs old and have re-branded this month. Hoepfully up by April mid.
Hi, sorry I was a bit short...My site is under redevelopment so there is not much info up there now. We do a crash course to help people get websites up really quickly with wordpress.org ( not blogs - full websites)
The CIC part of our organisation is the bit that gives basic IT training to vulnerable adults who are clients of ST Mungo's homeless charity.
I've been scouring the group discussions for useful insights as I'm in the process of setting up a CIC and my key dilemma is whether to go with shares or guarantee. I'll post a few queries in the 'Setting up a CIC' group and would be grateful for feedback.
Hi John, thanks for your message. Classical Revolution wants to attract arts council funding and corporate sponsorship too, so I need to work out whether a CIC is right for this model. I'll have a good look through the legislation and forms today but will very likely need a bit of help! Happy New Year! Heather
I started up my own cleaning business in 2010 and 18 months on we are members of the safe traders scheme and we have 3 commercial contracts. We also have domestic customers too. We are in Lancaster. Just one question what can CIC do for us as a young expanding company and what can we do to help CIC.
Community Interest Companies in North East England have the opportunity to use their votes to support Young Talent in the North East of England. For that reason FReSH CIC is lending it’s support to the Ambition AXA Awards which have been launched to find very talented 11 to 18-year-olds who deserve the opportunity to shine. We would love you to join us – it’s free and only takes a minute.
We are down to the last 5 in each category in the competition and there are 3 young people from the North East left. Whether they progress to the last 3 and the final in the House of Commons at the end of November is down to an X-Factor style public vote. The voting closes on Monday 7th November at Midnight – so you have all of Monday for you and your colleagues to vote and to get some support through friends on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, etc. You can record one vote each for the North East youngsters, more information is available through the links below or just click on the link next to each of the young people -this gives you direct to access their voting page on the AXA site
‘It can be tricky to reach your true potential. But imagine what could happen if you could work with someone who’s already reached the top of their field or shown great commitment to causes they care about.
That’s why AXA has launched these awards. We want to give exceptional young people the opportunity to develop their skills and win an amazing experience that could change their life’.
The competition winners could win a bespoke mentoring prize designed specifically for them from someone who is already a leader in the arts, science, enterprise, sport and community involvement.
The three young people below have achieved a great deal to get this far, they are each in the last 5 of their category, the public vote which runs through to Monday 7th of November, will decide who gets in to the last 3 and goes forward to the final judging at the end of November
Vote for the Young Talent from the North East – it only takes a minute – you can cast one vote for each of the North East’s talented youngsters@
Thanks for the encouraging words, scaling up would be easy as this is for one region of the UK. To deliver to all eight regions, this would become easier and less costly the more regions we are able to roll out to. I already have interest from the North West and the East Midlands, we could replicate the East of England in all eight regions.
With regard to the amount, we had developed a funding document as well which shows £234,000 for the first year as laid down in the cashflow forecast, I will bring this along on Thursday as well.
I have now been able to finish the package as far as I am aware for possible investors, which I attach to this message. I have added a full Marketing Plan and a balanced scorecard to monitor performance.
I will bring three copies along on Thursday to the investors meeting.
Were you able to mention us in your presentation the other day and was there any interest at all?