As a not-for-profit organisation, we are all responsible for ensuring that we spend our money wisely; funds raised by our branch and group network, or monies raised centrally. These funds are prioritised to ensure we meet our key core objectives, providing care and improving the quality of life for those living with MND, investing in the very best research and also campaigning.
On average, branches and groups have contributed in excess of £2.5 million each year.
The changes in branch reporting will allow quarterly information to be gathered for our branches in addition to the information already received from our groups. This will allow for more accurate budgets and forecasts, something we have not historically be able to achieve until now.
As volunteers you can get used to working within specific geographical areas for the benefit of local people affected by MND. However, there are also benefits to be gained from working in partnership with our neighbouring branches and groups.
By joining forces with other branches or groups you may be able to:
- raise awareness over a much greater geographical area, or attract the interest of the regional media
- joint fund equipment
- share expertise or pass on ideas that have been successful in your own branch/group area
- share volunteers, maybe for a fundraising event such as a street collection.
There are other examples of branches and groups who have worked together on various different activities, the following guidance will give some examples and suggestions on how to get started on partnership working.