Part of our role as a community foundation is to help donors engage more closely with charities and community groups on their doorstep. One of the ways we do this is through our ‘Seeing is Believing’ visits.
At the end of March we invited fundholders and supporters to visit projects in Taunton and Chard. We started at Summerfield Developments office in Taunton when staff had a chance to meet three groups supported by the company’s fund: the Daffodil Club, the Trident Youth Centre and the Somerset Community Care Matters. Each group helps different people in different ways – young people, victims of domestic abuse, and those seeking access to specialist advice and advocacy services - yet they share some common challenges as well.
Afterwards a smaller group was joined by staff from Clarke Willmott – another SCF fundholder - to visit the Escape Support Group and the Conquest Riding Centre for the Disabled while in the evening we arranged for the Grave family and Chris Keenan from Poole and Co visited the Chard and Ilminster Amateur Boxing Club and also heard from Julie Matthews of the Chard Intentional Peer Support Group, who work with people with mental health illness in the area.