Registered Charity Number 1176293
Over the last three years I have had the fantastic opportunity of being the Corporate Responsibility leader for Cummins in Huddersfield. The company scope for this work is environmental, educational and social justice causes. Whilst all these areas are equally important, working with charities and the not for profit organisations in the Huddersfield area has had the biggest impact on me personally. I have met some fantastic people who are working in the most difficult situations helping people in dire need. Through the CSR work at Cummins we have been able to provide significant support to many of these organisations through providing skills and resources (people). However, what is becoming clear to me is the extent of the impact of the government austerity measures and the reduction in service provision that will occur this year as grants come to the end of their agreed periods.
I have organised a number of fundraising events over the last few years which have raised a relatively small amount of money (about £6,000). Last year I was trying to think of ways to help with the financial situation of many of the organisations that I came into contact with, and looked into how crowd funding operated. The overall aim seemed to be to identify funding for projects from multiple sources using the internet. Also last year I was informed by one of the organisations that I had come to know well, that some of their sexual abuse counsellor's would lose their jobs in March of 2016 as their current funding comes to an end. So, being known as 'Mr Fixit' at home and at work I put my mind to trying to find a solution.
The idea is to take the crowd funding concept but ask for an amount of money that most of the people within my network wouldn’t miss. So I am going to setup a charity and see how many people I can find to donate 1 pound a week to initially support the funding of the sex abuse counsellors. I hope I can inspire enough people to, not only support the idea with their one pound, but also promote it to their friends and colleagues. I am setting an initial target of 1,000 people.
Below I have tried to second guess some of the questions you may have :-
Why have you chosen this specific cause ?
There are a huge amount of worthy causes, all requiring funding. I came to know of the Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling service in Huddersfield through an individual that was using their services. Through the CSR work at Cummins we have bought the organisation radiators, helped with their IT systems, held a fund raising event and are planning some activities this year to decorate one of their counselling rooms. Through this work I have had the privilege to get to know a few of the counsellors and get an insight into the unbelievably difficult work they do. The service is massively oversubscribed at the moment so any reduction in the number of counsellors will only further limit the availability of this service and put even more pressure on the few counsellors that are left.
Ultimately is comes down to people, and the people I have met at this organisation have inspired me to try and do something, even if ultimately I am not successful.
How do we know that the money will be used in the way you have described ?
The organisation will be a registered charity with at least three trustees. We will have total open book accounting and will provide updates as governed by the charity commission.
What happens if you get more money than is needed for this cause ?
The Trustees will identify a similar cause in the Huddersfield area and we will notify the members through the newsletters
How will you collect the money ?
Ideally we would like people to setup a monthly standing order of 4 pounds per month into the Charities bank account. Alternatively we would also take a one off annual payment of £52.
Originally from York, I moved to Huddersfield for work in 1982 and have lived here ever since. I have been the Corporate Responsibility Leader at my company for the last 2 years and it is through that experience that I felt inspired to try and raise money for causes in the Huddersfield area. I hope to use my contacts and networks to make this a success.
I have enjoyed a varied career including 20 years working in the world of industrial chemicals, many in a general management role followed by 15 years working with and for a number of social enterprises and charities covering a broad range of subjects and interests. The world is changing rapidly as are our challenges as a society. I chose to become involved with 'theloosechangecharity' because it meets a real need in this changing world, and we all have responsibilities.
I'm 48 years old and work for Lloyds Banking Group (Halifax) as Branch Manager in Halifax. I have been with the company since 1986 and therefore have lots of experience in banking and financial services.I was born in Bradford and live in Mirfield. In 2014/15 I was seconded by the bank to work for Business in the Community in Huddersfield, my role as Business Connector involved finding businesses to help charities and community groups with their needs. During this time I met Ian Lawson and many of the people who now need our help.