Andrew has this week said how pleased he was with the turnout at a Funding Information Day he hosted for charities, groups and organisations at the end of March.

The Funding Information Day took place at Bradbury House in Glossop, and included presentations from High Peak Borough Council, the Big Lottery Fund, and High Peak CVS; as well as stalls from various other funding organisations such as the LloydsTSB Foundation.

Matt Rowe from the Big Lottery Fund commented afterwards,

“It’s always great to be able to talk to groups about the imaginative ideas they have for Lottery funding and an event like this helps us reach a wide range of people.

“Being able to inform potential applicants of our current grant programmes is vital for the Big Lottery Fund. It enables us to pass on key information that can help groups apply with greater success and not make common errors that ultimately lead to applications failing.

“I was pleased to attend the event in Glossop and offer advice to the groups in the High Peak. The Regional Team can also be reached on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 0115 8722950.”

Representatives of over 40 groups, charities, clubs and organisations from across the High Peak turned up on the day to listen to presentations from the funding organisations about what funds are available, and how best to apply for those funds.

Following the presentations there was a chance for the representatives to visit the stalls and talk to people from the funding groups, as well as to discuss ideas and share information with other groups present.

After finishing his presentation, Nigel Caldwell from High Peak CVS said,

“It was an extremely useful event. High Peak CVS is aware that funding is always a big issue for voluntary groups and this brought together major funders and lots of information and guidance altogether in one place. Everyone I spoke to had got something from the day and had plenty to go away and work on to raise money for their cause.”

Dave Bennett, representing High Peak Borough Council commented,

“The event provided a great opportunity to let people know about our Community fund and our 'Going Local' funding programme in particular. We will be able to follow up some contacts made as a result and it was good to meet some new voluntary groups who are working hard for their communities.”

Gary Beharrell from the LloydsTSB Foundation added,

“We were extremely pleased to attend the day. It was a great opportunity to get to meet so many interesting and worthwhile charities and hear all about their work and to see how the LloydsTSB Foundation can support disadvantaged people in the High Peak.”

Speaking following the event, Andrew commented,

“I’m really pleased to see that so many people turned up today. The whole day seemed to go really well, and I’ve had a lot of feedback from people telling me that it’s been very helpful to them.

“The idea of bringing together funding organisations and groups that need funding occurred to me during a meeting with the Big Lottery Fund, and I want to thank Matt Rowe from the Big Lottery Fund, Dave Bennett from High Peak Borough Council, and Nigel Caldwell from High Peak CVS for giving presentations today, as well as the other funding organisations who have had stalls here.

“I don’t think the day could have gone any better, and I very much hope that the groups that were here are able to gain access to more funding because of something they’ve seen or heard today. I hope to be able to hold more information days like this in the future, possibly in a slightly different format or aimed at different groups.”

Andrew added that any groups who were unable to attend but would still like a pack should contact his constituency office on 01298 26698

The eight photos show:

1. Andrew welcoming representatives to the day
2. Matt Rowe of the Big Lottery Fund giving his presentation
3. Andrew serving refreshments during the break
4. Hustle and bustle during the break
5. Andrew speaking to representatives of groups
6. Andrew talking to a group representative
7. Andrew introducing Dave Bennett of High Peak Borough Council
8. Andrew watching as Nigel Caldwell of High Peak CVS gives his presentation

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