Recruitment of a full-time fundraiser to support the charity’s future projects

Project: Recruitment of a full-time fundraiser to support the charity’s future projects

Grants: £75,000 over three years from 2015

Key achievements:

  • Within two years the fundraiser had secured £581,160 – seven times the value of the original grant
  • £35,000 raised for Housing First, a project providing housing for homeless people
  • £190,000 raised from Children in Need to support work with young people

With a three-year grant from the Medlock Charitable Trust, Developing Health and Independence (DHI) recruited a full-time fundraiser in 2015.

The charity, which supports disadvantaged people across Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) particularly those with problems related to drugs, alcohol and homelessness to live independently, was under pressure to diversify its income sources. DHI needed to raise funds to secure the future of a series of vital projects.

Within two years of her appointment, the new fundraiser Ricarda Todd had helped DHI raise £581,160, seven times the original value of the three-year grant supporting her salary.

Through her hard work the DHI was able to secure funding for initiatives including:

£270,160 raised to support key DHI activities which will improve the lives of 300 additional adults and young people every year

£35,000 was secured from the St John’s Foundation for the Housing First project which provided homes for people living on the streets.

£133,800 raised to match fund the purchase a property on Burlington Street in Bath which houses the supported dry house and detox and rehabilitation facility – the Medlock Charitable Trust donated an additional £10,000 towards this appeal.

£94,000 over three years secured from Children in Need for work with young people, with a further grant of £96,000 awarded in 2020.

£37,500 over three years secured from the Nisbet Trust to help DHI’s social lettings agency, Home Turf Lettings increase its provision of homes to disadvantaged people.

£235,000 grants secured in 2016 then 2019 from the St John’s Foundation for the ‘Resolve to Stop the Violence’ project working with perpetrators of domestic violence

DHI has helped more than 40,000 people since its small beginnings 20 years ago. In 2018 alone, 235 people were housed through its supported housing scheme while its drug and alcohol services accessed by 1 in 96 adults in the South West in 2018.