Monday 24th Oct, 2016

Dragon’s Den funding event most successful yet with over £24,000 raised!

Members of Norfolk Future Fund and guests took part in its fourth Dragon’s Den style funding event and where four charities took away a share of over £24,000!

Held at Birketts LLP and hosted by vice patron, Carol Bundock DL and Mustard TVs Chris Bailey, the interactive funding event saw four local charities and community groups face over 80 ‘dragons’ at an event organised by Norfolk Community Foundation and sponsored by Barratt & Cooke.

Sunbeams Play, FS- New Beginnings, Cruse Bereavement Care and the Black Dog Music Project pitched their charity projects to the audience for a share of a funding pot which has been created by members of the Norfolk Future Fund who contribute a regular amount to build the Fund. Guests made personal pledges to the tune of £13,000 on top of this and the charities left with over £24,000 between them to support their work.  The Norfolk Future Fund is a collective giving circle that was established in 2014 to help local business people and individuals to make a positive, and more effective impact in their community by giving as a group.  As well as giving money, members are encouraged to get involved by lending their skills and experience to charities that would benefit from professional support or volunteering.

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About the charities:

Sunbeams Play provides a fun, safe and caring environment for children and young people with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder, helping those who struggle to engage in mainstream activities due to a variety of social needs and anxieties to thrive. Sunbeams sought funding to update equipment in a sensory room which offers a space where attendees can have some quiet time if they are feeling anxious, frustrated or angry or need to have a private chat.

Fresh Start – New Beginnings provide a therapeutic service for children and young people up to 18 years old who have reported being sexually abused. 80 Norfolk children were offered the service in 2015 and all children referred into the service have a specialist worker that visits them at the family home to undertake an assessment of the child’s psychological needs, from which a bespoke treatment plan is created. The funding from this event will contribute to the staffing costs attached to the specialist workers who deliver the bespoke 1:1 sessions which help them make sense of the confusion they feel and to teach them coping strategies to deal with the difficulties they face.

Cruse Bereavement Care offers support, advice and information when someone has died, providing compassionate and confidential support by highly trained volunteers.  Demand for their support is high and with 19 people on their waiting list this funding will help the group to offer support to more clients with a bereavement support volunteer who can help them through this very difficult time.

Black Dog Music Project provides music sessions for people who cannot access mainstream music organisations due to mental health issues, learning difficulties and other health issues. The group work with some of the most vulnerable people in the community offering teaching and rehearsal sessions led by tutors. The funding will allow the group to continue this well loved service offering weekly music sessions to members to enable them to regain lost skills or learn new skills, playing instruments and forming bands.

Thank you to all of those who helped to make the event a success including Barratt and Cooke, Birketts, Carol Bundock DL and Chris Bailey amongst others!

If you would like to know more about how you can join and get involved with the Norfolk Future fund, contact Helen Tuttle on 01603 623958.