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Our impact - case studies
"We were able to commence (and have now completed) the process of registering as a Company Limited by Guarantee. As such, we are now able to apply for grant funding that will help us to continue to grow the organisation and improve the impact that it has on our community.
"Without support from VAWD, we would be nowhere near where we are today. Although a cliché, it is true when we say it has been invaluable."
Ross Bennett, Engaging Education
"I would like to thank Voluntary Action Wakefield District (VAWD) and Peter Foyle (Healthier Communities Fund Co-ordinator) for all their advice, guidance, and support during the past three years. They believed in our project, and ability to make a difference and change the lives of people living in deprived communities. Without VAWD’s support organisations such as ours would cease to exist."
Adam Redfern, SESKU Academy
"The difference it has made to the community we support is that we are able to offer more robust volunteer placements that enable people to gain the skills they are looking for, hopefully making them more employable. Volunteers are involved in the job club, holiday activities, and the office, where our current volunteer is setting up new systems. Our previous office volunteer left as she found paid employment."
Dom Charkin, Development Worker at Eastmoor Community Project
"All staff at VAWD are extremely helpful and I honestly believe if we didn’t work with VAWD Afemai Children's Trust wouldn’t have secured funds and developed such positive relationships with other organisations."
Oshione Ekpeh, Project Manager at Afemai Children's Trust
Feedback from other groups:
"The listening ear and advice from VAWD has helped our charity through a difficult time."
"VAWD has been instrumental in fostering wider partnerships with other organisations, promoting information and good practice sharing."
"VAWD's understanding of the norms and tensions in the life of a small third sector organisation has enabled us to work effectively and efficiently."
A social enterprise supported by Voluntary Action Wakefield District (VAWD) and praised in a Yorkshire Post article has highlighted key benefits VAWD brought to the development of their organisation and the community. Engaging Education consists of five 21 year-old male entrepreneurs who aim to educate, inspire and unite young people across the United Kingdom. The organisation, which VAWD supported to become a Company Limited by Guarantee, reports that it is now in a position to increase its funding streams to offer increased services and products to the community. Team photo courtesy of: www.mikecowlingphotography.co.uk
Social enterprise SESKU Academy has praised the support it has received from Voluntary Action Wakefield District (VAWD) over the past three years during a period of rapid growth. The Academy began as a small group without premises and was formally constituted in 2006. In 2011 it was awarded £494,259 by the Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities Award.
Eastmoor Community Project has reported how volunteering support from Voluntary Action Wakefield District (VAWD) has enabled it to increase the capacity of the organisation to deliver its vital work in the community. VAWD provided Eastmoor Community Project with guidance around developing volunteer placements, updating policies and procedures, recruiting and retaining volunteers, and provided support around advertising.
Afemai Children's Trust has described how Voluntary Action Wakefield District (VAWD) has supported the charity to build partnerships with other black, minority and ethnic (BME) organisations and professionals in the area. VAWD also supported the organisation's involvement in a successful asset transfer project.