This time of year is one very much for looking forward within the Foundation – we’re coming to the end of a number of current funded programmes, and so now is a time for review and planning to grow and/or diversify many of these initiatives in 2019.
We rely quite heavily on the support of our funding partners for this, and so this is the time of year when I’m very busy meeting and presenting to various potential funders, and then of course completing the numerous funding applications which are a necessary part of securing any funding support.
Once applications are submitted, it’s then a waiting game to find out whether we have been successful – making the next few months also a time of some uncertainty as we await the outcome of our submissions.
In a challenging funding landscape, having a clear plan in place is very important – funders need to know that their money is being well invested, that we are a trusted partner, and that our priorities are their priorities – so there are many relationships to build and nurture – meaning this is also a time when I’m invited to make lots of presentations to many local organisations – a very pleasant part of the role.
It never ceases to amaze me that no matter how many press releases, social media messages, posters and fliers are distributed, so many of those I meet still have very limited knowledge of the work of the Foundation – and are always surprised at the breadth and quality of our provision, and our commitment to the community in which we are based.
My meetings so far this year reassure me that the future is looking very positive for the Foundation – already we have secured funding for new programmes, and our track record is bringing us to the attention of new potential partners – so exciting times!
None of this good work could be achieved without the support of a great team – all pulling together. Understanding the vision of the Foundation means that everyone is willing to go the extra mile to make a difference to those we come into contact with – whether that’s a three year old, or a hundred and three year old, a young person with additional needs, a funding partner, or an aspiring young footballer – we all know that a successful Foundation will make a positive difference to the local community and demonstrate the very positive impact that the football club can have in that community.
At half-time during the Newtown AFC game on Friday, I’m delighted to be receiving a donation from volunteer John Lumley, who has contributed the proceeds of his ‘Dry January’ sponsorship to the work of the Foundation – thank you John! If you want to find out more about the Foundation, or wish to contribute to our work in any way please do get in touch.
Finally, as with the football team, the Foundation team rarely stays the same for long, and unfortunately this month we say goodbye to our Foundation Co-Ordinator Naomi Stocker. Naomi joined the Foundation in 2014, shortly after its establishment, and has provided support and organisation for all our activities over that time, including running our Exercise on Referral programme.
She’s decided now is the time to move on, and so I’d of course want to place on record our very big thanks to her for all her work, and also wish her all the best in her new role – good luck Nay!
Lead image: Naomi Stocker. All the best, Nay, for the future.