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Seeing is believing

Seeing is Believing

We get excited to see the positive effect our grants have on the local community, and being able to share this during our project visits.

In December we took a small group of our donors out on a Seeing is Believing Project Visit to two local projects we have supported.

MK Storehouse

MK Storehouse is a relatively new group but they are already having a huge impact on local people in Milton Keynes. The aim of the charity is to provide essential clothing and footwear to those who cannot afford such items. Alan, who manages the project, explained that the recent grant, that they had received from MK Community Foundation, had allowed the group to part fund the role of project manager to work 15 hours per week to maintain and run the charity; facilitating their clothing distribution sessions and management of their volunteers as well as building stronger fundraising support from the local community.

During our visit, we quickly saw that school uniform is an essential stock item and we also witnessed that women’s clothing is more abundant than men’s! Our donors asked lots of pertinent questions and they were keen to understand how the operation functioned. One donor even brought along a jacket to donate whilst there and all the donors were keen to find out how they could further support such a worthwhile cause!


Service Six

Next, we visited Service Six at Chapter House, Coffee Hall to take a look at their ‘Youth Starz,’ project, which provides a fun place for youngsters to go - its aim is to support 350+ youngsters, aged 4 to 19 years, but obviously not at the same time! At the ‘Youth Club’, children get the opportunity to participate in arts and crafts, diversionary events, sports, cooking and learning to DJ, with the support of Katie, Kimmy and Billie.

All of the adults joined in with a range of activities - one donor was introduced to the game ‘UNO’ by a couple of the boys who were playing a game with Billie, one of the play leaders. It was lovely to see a truly inclusive atmosphere at the setting, where all children could find something to occupy them. Katie explained that the children are offered fruit as snacks as “this helps with their hunger issues but also contributes to the ‘five a day’ expectation”.

Throughout the visit, the children interacted with all the visiting adults, keen to share their activity and experiences. It was great to see the rapport that developed throughout the visit and we were all sad to leave, although there was a mention of cheating strategies used by some of the UNO competitiors!