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  • Area of opportunity: Other
    Opportunity description:

    We are a small wildlife oasis in the heart of the city. We want to make sure that the site looks as beautiful as possible and need support with...

    Difference this will make to the group:

    Your support will:

    - Help us to create a pleasant and safe environment for visitors, customers, staff and volunteers
    - In the longer term, this will hopefully increase bookings we receive for events such as parties and weddings, which will help us to become more financially sustainable.

    Minimum commitment: 1 day
  • Area of opportunity: Leadership/management
    Opportunity description:

    We are going through a period of change and expansion and we would like to learn from and skill-share with managers from different sectors. We are...

    Difference this will make to the group:

    - Mentoring support for our managers and heads of department will help us to work more effectively and to lead our teams through a period of change and expansion.

    - Staff will feel more skilled and confident about leadership and management.

    Minimum commitment: 1 day
  • Area of opportunity: Business development
    Opportunity description:

    We have a number of different businesses, who come in as groups to help with tasks around the site. We want to develop a mechanism for gathering...

    Difference this will make to the group:

    - Your support will enable us to develop positive, reciprocal relationships with corporates/businesses.
    - In the longer term, we hope that this piece of work will increase sponsorship, donations (in-kind or financial) and other support from the corporate sector.

    Minimum commitment: 1 day
  • Area of opportunity: Other
    Opportunity description:

    We are going through a period of change and expansion and we want to reach out to and build stronger relationships with local community groups and...

    Difference this will make to the group:

    - Your support will enable us to develop positive, reciprocal relationships with local schools and community organisations.
    - In the longer term, we hope that this piece of work will further increase use of our centre and uptake of activities.

    Minimum commitment: 1 day
  • Area of opportunity: Other
    Opportunity description:

    We are a small wildlife oasis in the heart of the city. Environmental sustainability is at the heart of what we do and we want to make sure that...

    Difference this will make to the group:

    Your support will help us ensure that our purchasing is as ethical and environmentally friendly as possible.

    Minimum commitment: 1 day
  • Area of opportunity: Consultation
    Opportunity description:

    We are going through a period of change and expansion and we want to better understand (and utilise!) the skills within our staff and volunteer...

    Difference this will make to the group:

    - Understanding the skills we have available within our team will help us to work more efficiently and more effectively.
    - Staff and volunteers will feel motivated and valued in their roles.

    Minimum commitment: 1 day
  • Area of opportunity: Other
    Opportunity description:

    We are going through a period of change and expansion and we want to apply for more funding. We need someone to support our manager with...

    Difference this will make to the group:

    - Your support will enable us to apply to a wider range of funders and will also mean that we can plan effectively to meet deadlines.
    - In the longer term, this will help the centre to become more financially sustainable.

    Minimum commitment: 1 day
  • Area of opportunity: Administration
    Opportunity description:

    We currently collect feedback and other information in paper format, which then needs to be entered into spreadsheets/a database. We need someone...

    Difference this will make to the group:

    - Help us to better understand the difference that our services make and to learn from feedback
    - Enable us to hold all our information electronically
    - Support our future planning by ensuring that we have information at our fingertips

    Minimum commitment: 1 day
  • Area of opportunity: Finance
    Opportunity description:

    We are going through a period of change and expansion and we need to improve our systems for financial monitoring and reporting. We need someone...

    Difference this will make to the group:

    -Your support will enable us to better monitor and report financial information, which will help with our long term planning.
    -Staff will feel more skilled and confident about managing financial information and will be able to use Quickbooks more efficiently.

    Minimum commitment: 1 day
  • Area of opportunity: Finance
    Opportunity description:

    We are going through a period of change and expansion and we need to improve our systems for financial planning and forecasting. We are looking...

    Difference this will make to the group:

    - Your support will enable us to plan for the future and to become more financially sustainable.
    - Staff will feel more skilled and confident about financial planning and forecasting.

    Minimum commitment: 1 day
  • Area of opportunity: Marketing
    Opportunity description:

    We are going through a period of change and expansion and we want to improve how we market and communicate about our activities, events and...

    Difference this will make to the group:

    - Staff will feel more skilled and confident about making contact with journalists and approaching high profile publications.
    - We will have more success in gaining local/national coverage about our work.
    - We hope that this coverage will attract more people to visit and shop at the centre and use us as a venue for events.

    Minimum commitment: 1 day
  • Area of opportunity: Administration
    Opportunity description:

    We are going through a period of change and expansion and we want to link better with events that are happening in Manchester throughout the year...

    Difference this will make to the group:

    Your support will enable us to link better with the many events that happen in Manchester. This will help to raise the profile of the centre; increasing visitors and customers at the centre.

    Minimum commitment: 1 day
  • Area of opportunity: Business development
    Opportunity description:

    We are going through a period of change and expansion and we want to build stronger relationships with local businesses and companies, who may be...

    Difference this will make to the group:

    - Your support will enable us to develop positive, reciprocal relationships with businesses.
    - In the longer term, we hope that this piece of work will increase sponsorship, donations (in-kind or financial) and other support from the corporate sector.

    Minimum commitment: 1 day
  • Area of opportunity: Web development
    Opportunity description:

    We recently launched a new website bringing together lots of information into one place about how the community can get active to make it easier...

    Difference this will make to the group:

    We offer many different activities including football, cricket, basketball and archery as well as our Active Families project. With no signing on fees, it is affordable for anybody to participate in a team sport or any of our other activities.

    Having up-to-date clear information available about our sessions will help more people get involved and free up time for other members of the team to focus on delivery of the sessions and community engagement.

    Minimum commitment: half day
  • Area of opportunity: Administration
    Opportunity description:

    We would like from you:

    - Research skills to search for activities across Manchester and fact checking, then recording the details so we...

    Difference this will make to the group:

    Having a list of up to date opportunities mean when we meet an isolated disabled person we can let them know their options and they can choose an activity that they’re interested in. This gives us more time to recruit participants and work with them and volunteers directly. We will have a better chance at connecting someone to an activity as soon as possible. It also highlights gaps in provision e.g. accessible weekday sports activities in Moston for example.

    Minimum commitment: half day
  • Area of opportunity: Consultation
    Opportunity description:

    It’s part of our values to ensure our services are person-centred and reflect the views of disabled people. We are looking for some support to...

    Difference this will make to the group:

    This will help clients to be heard and convey client voice to staff; enabling us to effectively incorporate client ideas into our work. This will mean our services work better, which will help attract and retain participants including supporters. It will help provide clarity and perspective on how to ensure our services reflect the wishes of participants and are person-centered.

    Minimum commitment: half day
  • Area of opportunity: Marketing
    Opportunity description:

    As part of our work we want to support disabled people to have their say and share their experiences. To support us with that..

    We would...

    Difference this will make to the group:

    Gathering more case studies and making them easy to find will help us evidence the positive impact of our work to potential clients and funders. Having this support will also allow our part-time Marketing Officer to spend some time working in other areas which will have a positive impact on the organisation as a whole.

    Minimum commitment: half day
  • Area of opportunity: Training
    Opportunity description:

    We would like you to:

    - Share your knowledge of functions in Microsoft Office e.g. Word and Outlook.
    - Answer questions users have...

    Difference this will make to the group:

    Gifting IT training will increase staff’s knowledge of what they can do with IT means we can have a more consistent level of competency and understanding of the functions of software we use on a daily basis. This will help us use it more professionally, efficiently and effectively. It will prevent IT problems and help us resolve issues. Training clients will grow their confidence, increase digital inclusion and boost their employability opening up more opportunities to them.

    Minimum commitment: half day
  • Area of opportunity: Consultation
    Opportunity description:

    We support disabled people’s employability. We would like some extra support with some of the tasks.

    We are looking for someone who would...

    Difference this will make to the group:

    Offering CV /application writing tips from an employer perspective will help bring the world of work to life for disabled people. Having an unfamiliar face to offer mock interviews in a supportive environment helps bridge the gap between imagining an interview scenario and equipping people for the reality of a formal assessment. It means our staff can focus on recruiting clients, monitoring and providing wrap-around 1:1 bespoke support before and after this… including doing necessary admin and organisational tasks! Helping a client find suitable opportunities will give them the best chance of finding appropriate work or training or volunteering.

    Minimum commitment: half day
  • Area of opportunity: Marketing
    Opportunity description:

    We would like from you:

    - advice on how to promote Breakthrough projects and increase the number of people who are referred to our service...

    Difference this will make to the group:

    Helping Breakthrough communicate our services to as many people who could benefit as possible means we can focus on engaging clients in opportunities to develop and remove barriers. Getting more referrals means we can concentrate time and money investing in service delivery!

    Minimum commitment: half day