We’ve been spending some time in recent months looking closely at how we can secure the future of Minsteracres for generations to come.
So many parishioners, retreatants, volunteers and visitors already give generously to us and we work hard to ensure that every penny we receive is spent wisely and with consideration, but we want to make sure we build a strong future for Minsteracres so with the help of a freelance fundraiser Fiona O’Connor we’ve been looking at where else we can get support for all areas of our work to make us more sustainable in the future.
It currently costs almost £1,500 a day to run Minsteracres and, like many other retreat centres, last autumn we set up a service to allow people to donate monthly, enabling us to plan better and be more sustainable.
Claire Morgan, chair of Minsteracres board said, “The board has been delighted by the response to the regular giving scheme. We set ourselves a target of signing up 50 donors in the first year and have already reached 21 donors in just a few months. The amounts given are varied but the present commitments will provide a monthly income of £330. This is important and we are very grateful.
“However, equally important to us is that these commitments show that people believe in Minsteracres and the benefits the work of our dedicated community, staff and volunteers, brings to the many people who come to Minsteracres to reconnect be it with God, themselves, their colleagues or with nature.
“It would be wonderful to reach our target so if you can commit in this way please do, but whether you can or cannot please keep Minsteracres and the work we do in your thoughts and prayers as we do all our benefactors and friends”.
If you think you could give regularly to Minsteracres, please call us on 01434 673248, visit the donate page of our website www.minsteracres.org or pick up a regular giving scheme leaflet.
Fiona has also been helping us plan, organise and make more applications to charitable trusts and foundations to support all three of our core charitable objectives. We have had some recent successes with the Coop Local Community Fund for improvements in the youth centre (thanks to Margo Mooney who submitted this application), the Joicey Trust, the Cross and Passion Sisters and the Dutch Passionist Solidarity Fund to support our outreach programme and the THM Delacour Will Trust to provide accessible bathroom facilities on the ground floor of the retreat house.We also have applications in with the Laing Foundation for outreach and the Heritage Lottery Fund for the development of a woodland heritage trail.