Supporting Community Organisations, particularly small, new or less experienced organisations - David Russell Associates act as Community Consultants, providing;

  • Feasibility Studies

  • Community Engagement and Needs Assessment

  • Fundraising Advice

  • Business Plans

  • Planning 

Case Study

Ryders Green Methodist Day Centre, West Bromwich, B70 0AW

Demonstrating capacity building training and support to a small community organisation.

The need

  • This church based day centre for the elderly has for over 30 years been successfully providing up to 100 places each week for frail and mentally infirm older people in Sandwell.
  • Fundraising was required to implement a number of priority business objectives identified by a prevous consultant.

What David Russell Associates provided:

  • Development and successful implementation of funding plans for the business priorities.
  • Funding was secured first of all for a new replacement minibus and an additional management post to improve the operation of the Day Centre.
  • Formation of a new charitable company and mentoring staff and management board to take on the governance and operation from the Methodist Church.
  • Trust fundraising to enable the sustainability of the centre in the face of over 50% reduction in Local Authority funding.

What a difference the Digbeth Trust's intervention has made to Ryders Green.  David Russell, the fundraising consultant was realistic and able to see our needs and work flexibly.  We have also gained knowledge of fundraising and how to go about it.  Pat Briscoe, Manager, Ryders Green Methodist Day Centre

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