Network is 'friendly Dragon's Den'
IF you're part of a local voluntary or charity organisation that's looking for further funding, as so many are in these truly challenging times, you might well be interested in The Devon Funding Network — in their own words, the 'friendly Dragons' Den' for charities and potential donors.
The network gives local charities an opportunity to present their projects — which must have an emphasis on social change — to an audience of everyday donors who will then in turn choose to fund the project or projects they believe in.
People attend the 'friendly Dragons' Den' with all sorts of budgets in mind, from £50 to the thousands — it's all about, the network tell us, 'coming together to make a real difference'.
At each event four projects will present and the Network aim to raise at least £3,000 for each, although they say they can't make any promises because each night is different!
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You must have a sponsor who is willing to pledge the first £150 towards your project. To apply to take part in the next event to be held in February, applicants should submit a 300-word summary describing their project via email to email@example.com. The deadline is November 1.
Devon Funding Network steering group will then shortlist applications from these summaries and ask successful applications to complete an application form. The deadline for these applications is December 1.
The steering group will then select four final projects who will present on the night, making its selections based on the following criteria: social change, innovation and potential impact.
For further details, contact Laura on 01884 235887.
WE'VE talked about The Haven in Parkview Road, Paignton, before — a drop-in day centre, it provides vital support for the homeless — but here's a reminder that, as with so many of our ever-busy voluntary organisations in the Bay, donations are always needed.
Food is always required — tins, rice, cereals, jam, tea and coffee — and there's urgent need, especially as the cold weather starts hammering in, for sleeping bags for homeless visitors.
If you'd like to find out more about what goes on at The Haven, drop in any week day between 10am and 5pm.
If you'd like to donate, call 01803 558727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE Torbay Dementia Action Alliance, campaigning to raise awareness of the impact of this ravaging disease, had a really successful Dementia Awareness Day a few Saturdays back, with their fete in St Anne's Hall opened by Judy Spiers and culminating in the launching of colourful sponsored balloons over Babbacombe Downs — raising more than £1,000 and overall close on £3,000 having been raised, including a collection at Torquay United's ground on September 22. All proceeds this year will be going to the Lewis Bodies charity — Lewis Bodies being a particular form of dementia, one suffered by TDAA's founder, the unfailingly energetic and ebullient Norman McNamara.
As plans get under way already for next year's DAD event, the campaign goes from strength to strength with Torbay Hospital and Stagecoach among recent major organisations to sign up to be 'dementia friendly' and the campaign officially launched with a ceremony at Oldway Mansion. We're looking every day to be closer to being the world's first 'dementia friendly community'.
AS you'll be hearing elsewhere, of course, it's that time of year again. A chance to help support ex-service men and women, including, of course, those who have suffered in recent conflicts. You'll see poppy sellers all over the Bay, so please give them your support. Last year saw a staggering 350,000 volunteers across the nation support Poppy Day, managing to raise a £40million .
On that subject, meanwhile, among other local happenings, Riviera Brass who perform at numerous local charity events will be offering a service of remembrance at Central Church, Torquay, on November 8 at 7.30pm.