The Rendezvous is a charitable organisational and completely independent of any other body. As such, we are heavily reliant on regular support from of our community and long standing local funders together with grants from other trusts and foundations. Less than 10% of our income comes from council funding and so fundraising is a major part of the work done by the Centre Director together with Bob Eccleshall’s work as Chair of the Friends.
There are lots of ways in which you can support the Rendezvous and the young people who use it. You could join the Friends, make a financial contribution, volunteer in the centre or organise fundraising events. One fun-loving member of staff even raised sponsorship by taking part in the annual London Naked Bike Ride which was definitely beyond the call of duty!
Donation Online – click the button and donate for free using BT Online (other services keep a % of your donation)
Donation by cheque: please make cheques payable to Youth Resource Services and send them to Helen Da Silva Wood, The Rendezvous, Under Cheap Street Church, Cheap Street, Sherborne DT9 3BJ. If you would like to talk about your donation and what it might be used for then do please get in touch with Helen direct.
No matter how large or small, whether a one off donation or regular monthly direct debit, a regular weekly commitment to help in the coffee bar or an ad hoc offer of help we are extremely grateful for all the support we receive.
How you can support the Rendezvous:
- make a regular monthly or annual contribution –
- make a one off donation
- join the Friends of the Rendezvous – find out more here
- volunteer your time as a mentor to a young person, help work with young people generally in the coffee bar or provide additional administrative support – find out more here
- offer goods and services – contact Helen, the Centre Manager
- organise a fundraising event in aid of the Rendezvous – contact Bob Eccleshall, Chair of the Friends
- remember us in your will
Annual Report – Funding 2016-2017 (P17)
Delivery of our charitable services comprises 66% of our expenditure and we have continued to maintain a strict control of costs and we are entering the new financial year in a good position. We have been fortunate this year to maintain the support of our regular funders (including Alice Ellen Cooper Dean, Valentine and Garfield Weston) increase our support from local organisations and to secure a major three- year grant from the Henry Smith Charity which will pay for one full time youth workers salary for three years. This, together with new project funding from BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief, means that our bank balance at the end of the year is healthy and we have hit our target for reserves.
However, it must be noted that 50% of our carry forward is in fact restricted (more information on this is contained in our annual accounts) and the current funding from the Patsy Wood Trust for the Manager’s post comes to an end in December 2017. Although they told us that they are proud of what we have achieved this does leave us with a gap to fill.
Meanwhile we are very grateful to the local organisations whose generosity surpassed our expectations this year. The Sherborne Prep School PTA and the Milborne Port Charity Ball both raised phenomenal amounts of money and were able to donate £5,000 and £8,000 respectively for which we are extremely grateful. The Sherborne Country Fair which has supported us for many years benefitted from good weather and presented us with a cheque for £5,000 and the Sherborne benefice Faith In Action committee kindly increased their donation to £1750. Other organisations such as the Rotary Club of Sherborne Castles have continued to support us and we were delighted to be chosen as Charity of the Year for Sainsbury’s and to receive ongoing support from Waitrose. We are grateful too to the individual fundraisers including for their efforts and generosity and to Tom Gibbs who ran an epic 101km ultra marathon to raise funds for us.
We have continued to receive small grants from Dorset County Council and the West Dorset District Council. Together they help us cover 10% of our annual expenditure.
Funding will be challenging as we seek to cover administration costs but we are optimistic we shall be successful.
The full annual report and accounts can be downloaded here