Achievements to date - from 2008/09 to present

In our first seven years we have managed to raise £6,671,000 in grants from charitable trusts and foundations, statutory funders and Lottery funders.

We have worked with a wide range of voluntary, community and statutory sector clients although much of our work has been repeat business from a smaller group of regular customers.

Examples of our achievements:

• Secured £227,876 of lottery funding to deliver financial capability training to people experiencing financial and social poverty in Cambridgeshire (2014)

• Secured £93,000 on a pro bono basis to refurbish a local village youth club in East Cambs (2014)

• Secured £252,000 of lottery funds to enable a disability advice centre in Nottinghamshire to stay open (2014)

• Secured £10,000 to enable a brand new charity that supports people who are deaf to establish its first range of support services (2014)

• Secured £629,000 of lottery funds to enable an older people's support agency to expand its services in the East of England (2013)

• Secured £160,000 of Transition Fund funding in 2012 for three charities facing public sector cuts

• Secured nearly £200,000 of Big Lottery Fund Supporting Impact and Change funding in 2012 for two organisations to sustain their excellence

• Secured £200,000 from Big Lottery Fund in 2012 to keep delivering services to migrant community members from a Centre in rural Cambs

• Secured £30,000, with James acting in a voluntary capacity, from local trusts and councils to fund children’s play facilities near Ely
 

Play area consultations


• Helped secure £300,000 from Tudor Trust and Paul Hamlyn Foundation to fund an innovative mental health advocacy service for young people in Somerset

• Supported four Parish Councils to raise £150,000 to fund play facilities in rurally deprived locations across Cambridgeshire

• Completed a five-month interim management assignment, overseeing a user-led training and consultancy team for a national disability charity

• Secured £125,084 from The Big Lottery Fund to provide welfare benefits information and advice on an outreach basis to disabled people across Nottinghamshire

• Secured £9,700, on a pro-bono basis, for a local village youth club near Ely

• Evaluated services provided to 25 newly arrived migrant community members living in deprived Fenland

• Secured £28,000 from charitable trusts to establish a brand new social business in Lancashire, employing homeless individuals to establish and run a new window cleaning business

• Evaluated a Start Your Own Business Programme provided to 89 ex-homeless, unemployed and disadvantaged people living in East London

• Consulted 33 disabled young people living in Cambridgeshire to identify the issues they face in their lives and advised local agencies how best to respond

• Secured £95,115 from Investing in Communities Programme to develop a central IT infrastructure and 15 remote advice kiosks to provide information and advice for people living in rurally isolated locations in Cambridgeshire

• Provided evaluation and strategic planning for a national disability charity’s training and consultancy service

Harlow Youth Centre project

• Evaluated a stimulant service for drug users living in Essex

• Secured £68,308 from Third Sector Investment Programme to carry out organisational restructuring

• Consulted people with mental health difficulties and people with disabilities about their debt and welfare benefits issues

• Completed three organisational evaluations and impact reports for national disability charity, Speaking Up (now called VoiceAbility)

• Evaluated Prince’s Trust national business programmes for disadvantaged young people

• Secured £7,100 from Nationwide Foundation to set up rural outreach advice surgeries for older people in East Cambridgeshire

• Secured £20,000 from Lloyds TSB Foundation to provide debt and benefits advice to newly arrived migrant community members in Fenland

James remains an approved Consultant for the Institute of Fundraising.