One of our greatest challenges is how we sustain ourselves financially longer term. Running an organisation like this takes a huge amount of time and incurs high running costs. At the moment these costs have been covered personally by Paul and Jay. This is becoming more challenging due to both of their businesses being affected by the coronavirus. So it becomes a priority find other sources of funding.
We have secured the services of a experienced grant writer, so we now need to identify possible sources of funding. To do that we have to prioritise getting the legal status of our organisation finalised. We are going through the final stages of setting up a not-for-profit company. Anyone that can offer support with this will be greatly appreciated.
As soon as we have finalised the rebrand we will explore a range of merchandise which can be sold within the network and at events. We are aiming to add a shopping cart to the website for online orders. We will keep this simple to start with, selling T-shirts, badges, stickers and caps/hats etc. If successful we will grow the range of merchandise through research at events. Again any support through the network on how to develop this would be greatly appreciated.
Post lockdown we will explore a 'go fund me' campaign as well as active fundraising programme at events we attend.