St Peter’s Church, Brackley
It is believed that the site at St Peter’s in Brackley has been used for worship since the seventh century.
The oldest parts of the present church are Norman and date from about 1100. The Norman church was in the shape of a cross with transepts to the north and the south of the nave. This was shorter than the present church, which now has a longer nave and chancel.
The Church is Grade 1 listed.
St Peter’s is a welcoming parish church for all ages, committed to following and sharing the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is also an important community asset in Brackley and is the oldest building in the town.
In 2023 St Peter’s celebrates its 800th Anniversary, and is marking the occasion by a capital campaign to raise funds for major maintenance works and improvements to the facilities the Church offers.
This year Minerva has been invited to advise the Vicar and Campaign Management Team on the planning and execution of this exciting project.
UK Veterans Hearing Foundation (UKVHF)
The UK Veterans Hearing Foundation was created to help UK Veterans of all ages, ethnicities and gender to be able to access quality hearing aids, with support for associated tinnitus and mental health issues caused by their military service.
The Foundation provides a vital service for veterans who are unable to get the equipment and support they need through NHS sources.
In 2020 the Foundation achieved the highest level (Gold) in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. The scheme provides an award for organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community.
UKVHF currently helps around 17 veterans a year to access the treatment and the equipment they need – but there are many more UK-wide who need this unique service.
Minerva has been retained to expand UKVHF’s fundraising programme with the aim that the number of ex-serviceman and women with hearing loss helped each year is trebled.
Medbourne Village Hall
Medbourne Village Hall was originally designed as the Village School by the renowned Leicestershire architect Joseph Goddard (1840-1900), whose other works include a number of landmark private and public buildings. Since the school closed, the building has retained its central role in village life as Medbourne Village Hall, serving Medbourne and the surrounding 5 villages in the Welland Valley.
The Village Hall Committee has identified a programme of refurbishment actions and interior and exterior changes. These are necessary to conserve this important listed building and initiate the necessary improvements to provide Medbourne with a Village Hall which meets 21st Century needs. The improvements and changes will create an economically sustainable and flexible village hall for future generations. The refurbished Village Hall will not only provide better facilities for its existing and potential future user groups, but will also offer employment and volunteering opportunities for local people.
Minerva Fundraising has been retained on a two year contract to advise and assist the Committee on raising funds for this ambitious but necessary project.
Encompass is a registered charity which supports homeless people and those suffering from addiction through the provision of temporary residential accommodation, rehabilitation programmes, and assistance in finding permanent accommodation and jobs.
New opportunities to expand the charity’s vital work with disadvantaged people have led to a need for increased fundraising for a variety of projects.
Minerva Fundraising has been retained on a 12 month contract to help ENFG achieve its aims in its vital work for the community.
I have worked with Minerva Fundraising Consultancy for over 20 years and have found them to be very successful both in raising money for specific projects and for general running costs. I would be happy to recommend them to others.
Richard Massey, Chairman of Trustees
BOLD (Bedfordshire Opportunities for Learning Disabilities)
BOLD is a charity which was founded in 1997 as part of Bedford Mencap; and later registered as an independent charity in 2002.
It works for the relief of people with learning disabilities; and supports people with learning disabilities through the provision of recreation and other leisure time occupations; and through the creation of work training opportunities.
BOLD has grown over the last 25 years from a small horticulture project into a multi-functional, comprehensive support programme, providing first class training and support to over 130 adults and teenagers with learning disabilities accessing its day services and joining in with its clubs, evening functions and respite breaks.
BOLD has retained Minerva’s services to assist with Phase 2 and 3 of its multi-million pound new-build centre.
This centre will substantially increase the charity’s service provision and enable it to diversify its income streams, helping it to become more sustainable and near to achieving self-funding within 3 years.
Nene Valley Care Trust
Nene Valley Care Trust (NVCT) helps young people leaving the care system. It was set up in 2008 by three people whose experience as county councillors and magistrates showed them that the needs of these young people were not being fully met.
NVCT’s aim is to help these youngsters – many of whom suffer from mental health problems – into work. This is achieved by guiding them through the education they have missed, arranging the training they need and helping them access work experience, apprenticeships and jobs.
Minerva has been retained to raise funds from new sources for existing and future planned projects.
SERVE – Northamptonshire
Jimmy James of Minerva Fundraising has a long association with SERVE and its work for older people and adults with disabilities in Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire. Our requirements are very varied – ranging from specific projects and equipment needs to increasing our year-on-year fundraising. In all these areas our partnership with Minerva has been most successful.
Minerva continues to meet our needs and has successfully raised funds for projects as diverse as capital building improvements, projects for our elderly and disabled beneficiaries; and key equipment items we need to deliver our services.
We will continue to work with Minerva Fundraising with future projects.
Jess Slater, Chief Executive