A major charitable foundation is urging small charities in Wales not to miss out on the chance to benefit from a year of leadership coaching from a team of business mentors along with £6500 funding. The Garfield Weston Foundation launched the Weston Charity Awards in Wales two years ago and wants more charities to apply this year. No charity is too small to be considered. Selection is based on their readiness to work with a team of mentors on cracking their biggest challenges to put their charity on a sustainable footing long into the future.
The Awards celebrate and support great frontline charities working in the fields of community, welfare and youth. Run by the Garfield Weston Foundation with Pilotlight, who facilitate the coaching programme, charities with incomes under £5 million in Wales (including those with much smaller incomes) can apply from 2nd December 2019 until 10th January 2020. Charities can get one step ahead by familiarising themselves with the relatively quick application form at www.westoncharityawards.org .
Ruth Marks, Chief Executive of WCVA said:
‘We know that one of the key barriers to developing sustainable funding here in Wales is leaders having sufficient “thinking time”. It is essential to find time and space for leaders to explore solutions so it’s great that this support is available through the Weston Charity Awards. I really encourage charities in Wales to apply for this support - it is invaluable.’
Gavin Hawkey is Director of Cardiff City FC Community Foundation which offers health, education and employment services to 17,000 people in South Wales. He applied successfully for a Weston Charity Award in 2017. He said:
“As a relatively small but ambitious Welsh charity we identified the need for external support to help measure our impact, develop robust partnerships and create a more financially sustainable model. Winning the award gave me an amazing blend of challenge and support. My business mentors helped me to identify key operational improvements such as reducing the number of core programmes and addressing skills gaps. These changes are already making a huge difference to our performance and improving outcomes for our beneficiaries.”
The Deputy Minister and Chief Whip Jane Hutt said:
“Charities, especially those with a smaller income, can be particularly affected by funding uncertainty. This can make it hard to plan for the long term but continual change is a big part of why Welsh charities need to think about strategic issues such as diversifying income, consolidating services or forging new partnerships. Any frontline charity in Wales wanting to plan long-term should consider applying for a Weston Charity Awards for a fund of £6,500 as well as free coaching and support.”