Escapeline is a charity committed to the prevention of the criminal and sexual exploitation of young people by gangs across South West England.
Escapeline’s vision is for a region free from child exploitation from criminal gangs.
Escapeline help young people to stay safe by educating them about how child exploitation and grooming works in their local area and teaching them protective strategies.
“MMC have been supporting Escapeline with our grants and bid writing over the last six months. They have been amazing, providing such an outstanding service with a high level of professionalism and responsive approach. We look forward to continuing to work with MMC and would definitely recommend their services.”
Lisa, CEO, Escapeline.
Teignmouth Recycled Art in the Landscape (Trail Art) is a community group run by two artists who are passionate about making the environment a better place and empowering others to change. The core activity is the acclaimed Sculpture Trail along Teignmouth seafront targeted to artists and community groups, enjoyed by locals and visitors. Other funded activities include summer workshops and outreach projects with local schools and colleges and community groups.
“We are very grateful to MMC for their support, they have been invaluable in helping us organise our ideas and goals and what approaches will work well for us going forward in our journey to becoming a registered charity and securing future funding; through assisting us to write a business plan and quantifying the impacts and outcomes of our activities."
Amy, Trail Art.
New Leaf focus on growth and change in a caring, fully supported environment. New Leaf Life Design is a B Corporation, based in Somerset, providing counselling and training services for Small to Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). Established by Becky Wright in 1992, New Leaf enables people to flourish by overcoming issues that can affect their working life, their relationships, wellbeing, and the ability to contribute positively to their community.
“We were delighted to commission Marsha Miles Consulting to evaluate our recent project SME Wellbeing Project for Somerset. This was a complicated piece of work over a period of a year. They had to work with various variables from telephone interviews to paper evaluations pre and post course. At the end of the work they had to work with us to create a detailed project report to our funded which met their funding requirements. Her team were very professional throughout and the final report was well received. I would not hesitate to use their company again for this difficult work. “ Becky Wright Director
As part of Citizens Advice (CA) national work in 2022 to deliver new income and fundraising training for local Citizens Advice, MMC were commissioned to deliver a package of Training and Mentoring to support fundraising knowledge and activities in small to medium sized local Citizens Advice.
A training session was delivered in September 2022 via a live Zoom webinar entitled ‘Foundations for Funding’, offering an overview of the fundraising landscape, getting the basics right, the state of the sector, myth busting, building a culture of fundraising with the Trustee Board, and strategy for small to medium sized charities. These were all areas of need identified in consultation with local CA offices.
Helpful Hounds Assistance Dogs is a registered charity helping people with disabilities and their families live an improved quality of life with the support of an Assistance Dog.
MMC was approached by Helpful Hounds Assistance dogs to explore raising funds for core costs to help the Charity continue to provide the services it provides.
· A funding pack which included an Evidence of Need Report (identifying external and internal evidence for why the Charity is needed), developing a Case for Support and identifying potential funders to build a funding pipeline.
· Bid writing: Agreed applications / letters / proposals each month, reporting and stewardship.
· Developing a relationship and secured funding with the National Lottery Awards for All.
· Developing a relationship with local funders.
“By working together with MMC, it has opened up opportunities we would never have found and we have also learned ways of expressing the projects in mind to suit the criteria of each induvial funder.
We have also recognised within the time we have been working with MMC that the competition for funding has increased dramatically, at the same time that the ability to fund can be reduced due to investment rates /endowments earned by funders. This makes it even more important to ensure that the application is both relevant and sharp.” Peter Rufus, CEO and Trustee (Volunteer)
The Nest Project CIC was formed around 6 years ago, starting as an embryonic church project. 'It’s main aim of re-distributing second hand baby and children's items to families with children aged 0-5 in need across BANES, has not changed but has grown.'. Initially a coffee morning would be held and used as a collection point for families, so they could register their needs and collect the goods, whilst connecting with the volunteers in the project team. During the pandemic the project had to move all collections and requests online, forming a click and collect service which worked well. Referrals come from two key sources, one is the statutory services e.g. health visitors and local authority staff. The other referrals are from individuals in need.
“MMC were brilliant at helping us to work out what information and data we wanted to gather and report on, and as a new and growing project, this really helped us start the journey of having a very useful impact and development report”.
Vix - CEO