Grow your organisation

Grow your organisation

MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay men, bisexual, trans and queer people. They provide advice and information, advocacy, peer support programmes, wellbeing activities and events, a peer mentoring service, an out of hours online chat service, and a food group.

Over the last three years MindOut used a number of our support services. Our support helped them to strengthen and grow their organisation.

 

Help to fundraise

We helped MindOut with some of their funding bids. We read the bids and gave feedback on ways to improve them. This helped them to raise £508,000.

One of the funds MindOut received is helping them to more effectively and creatively respond to the urgent needs of their beneficiaries and to build capacity in other organisations to ensure they can also respond to the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people.

Another fund they received with our help is enabling them to develop and future-proof their structures, operations and governance. We also matched them with our consultants who’ve the specialised skills and expertise they need to meet the funds requirements and to strengthen the relevant parts of their organisation.

 

Help to develop

We also helped MindOut to up-skill their staff and volunteers. Their staff and volunteers attended an action learning set on sustainability, attended succession planning training, and their senior management team received bespoke management training from us.

Their staff and trustees also participated in our governance networkmentoring programme, attended our events, and received one-to-one advice and support from us on a range of issues. They also received information and good practice resources via our members newsletter and email groups.

Our learning and development opportunities helped MindOut staff and volunteers to develop into strong and competent leaders. And, as a result, they’re now involved in a range of successful partnerships and collaborations.

 

So you can grow

Over the last three years our support helped MindOut to grow – a growth reflected in a 100% increase in the number of beneficiaries who they’ve engaged with, from 607 three years ago to 1,254 last year.

The support we gave MindOut helped to ensure their ongoing development and continued success – so they’re now in a stronger position to provide their services to some of the city’s most vulnerable lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people.

 

Need help?

If you work or volunteer for a voluntary and community organisation in Brighton, Hove, Adur or Worthing, then your organisation can apply to join us as a member. Over 550 already have. By being a member you’ll benefit from prioritised and discounted access to our services.

If you’re already a member but you’re not sure you’re making the most of our services, then get in touch with us and we’ll let you know how we can help you. Get in touch on info@bhcommunityworks.org.uk or 01273 234023. You can also find out more about what we do, and our role locally, in our new video.

 

“Community Works has been very supportive of MindOut in a number of ways. As a small organisation it's hard for us to keep abreast of all the issues affecting us, such as local plans, commissions, political and economic developments. Their staff are always well informed about everything, and if they don't know they will find out, and they're incredibly responsive - the answer to your question is almost immediate! They're very professional. They've also helped us with bid writing, reporting to funders, developing partnerships, training for staff and trustees, and local research. All of this support has made a material and substantial difference to the services we provide and to the development of our organisation. We're immensely grateful to Community Works and really don't know what we'd do without them!”

“Community Works has been very supportive of MindOut in a number of ways. As a small organisation it's hard for us to keep abreast of all the issues affecting us, such as local plans, commissions, political and economic developments. Their staff are always well informed about everything, and if they don't know they will find out, and they're incredibly responsive - the answer to your question is almost immediate! They're very professional. They've also helped us with bid writing, reporting to funders, developing partnerships, training for staff and trustees, and local research. All of this support has made a material and substantial difference to the services we provide and to the development of our organisation. We're immensely grateful to Community Works and really don't know what we'd do without them!”

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