Somerford Youth Club in Dorset recently raised £2,322 via Crowdfunder. We speak to project co-ordinator Jae Harris, who tells us why he chose to crowdfund:
Tell us about your project in five words…
Creating opportunities for the community
Why did you want to crowdfund?
To raise funds, generate awareness and have a base of evidence of numbers of supporters.
How has crowdfunding helped you?
We raised over £2,000 for our takeover proposal. It has allowed us to share our campaign with a wider spread of people.
How are you encouraging pledges?
We are sharing the link across email and social media. We are giving updates on the progress of our campaign.
Will your project create jobs?
Yes. We want to employ a centre worker but we also want to skill up local people who are out of work in order to help them back into employment.
We also want to take on young people as apprentices. We want young people to manage the project so that they can learn the skills associated with managing a community resource centre.
How will the project improve the lives of people?
We aim to improve confidence, self-esteem, and people’s well-being by running skill based activities and programmes where people can learn and achieve.
We also want to provide a venue where people can come and talk about life without having to book an appointment or having a diagnosed need.
What’s the best bit about crowdfunding? Has it spurred you to do other things?
It is easy to use and set up. Our campaign was run with no previous Crowdfunding experience. It has given us a wider reach of people but also it has given our campaign some degree of credibility as we were approached by two funding organisations who also pledged support to our campaign.
We will be using Crowdfunding again in the future to generate support and interest in some of the projects we hope to run at the centre.
How has crowdfunding helped your project access other funds, through match funding etc?
The Jean Bisgood Trust has supported us with a £250 donation and JP Morgan has pledged £500.
Where do you want to be in five years?
We would like to run a centre of high standard offering programmes to increase the skills and knowledge of the local community.
We would also like to employ our own staff and be running an apprenticeship scheme for young people.