Some charities survive and thrive using volunteers for everything they do, but many charities find they need to bring in paid workers to cope with the amount or complexity of work involved. Charities with small staff numbers can often find it a struggle to get all the skills they need, and staff can struggle with the demands of delivering specific projects and also dealing with the development, growth and management of the charity. Staff may not have the skills in fundraising and strategic development that the charity needs to keep going and growing.
We provide support to charities who find themselves in this position. Sometimes this is on an ad hoc basis but we can also provide a charity specialist to help your staff team on a regular basis, effectively forming part of your team. This allows you to buy in just the time you need, rather than having to cobble together a role for a new member of staff in order to bring in the skills and experience you need. We have worked with one of our clients for 5 years, providing a consultant for one day a week (but on a flexible basis to meet the ebbs and flows in the charity’s work), and provide ongoing support to other clients from as little as 6 days per year.
Not only do you benefit from our work on ongoing projects, but once we are part of your team you can pick up the phone or drop us an email if you need help or advice on a particular area and we will do all we can to help – the time you pay for is there for you to use when you need it.
Normally our lead consultant, Martin Gibson, will work with you, but for some pieces of work we may use someone else from the team or one of our associates to bring in specific skills or experience. Martin has more than 15 years of experience in the voluntary sector, is a member of the Institute of Professional Fundraisers, has various fundraising, communication and environmental qualifications and has recently been awarded an MA in Charity Management with distinction.