What is the project and when will it start? The project will reorganise the management of volunteering at the RNIB. We will employ 10 regional volunteer development managers to work with our operational staff to recruit, train and support volunteers as well as developing new volunteering opportunities across the UK. We hope this will enable us to reach a further 86,500 people with sight problems over three years. The scheme is scheduled to start this winter and we are planning systems to support the measurement and recording of our outcomes.
Do you need further funding? We do because the overall cost is £1.1m, which includes some existing staff resources.
How many trusts or foundations did you apply to for this funding? No others yet, because we identified the Community Fund as our main source of funding and secured £100,000 from Standard Life.
Is this your first grant from the Community Fund? No, but it's our largest.
Which of your other projects has the fund previously supported? We are currently running eight projects and services in various stages of development in partnership with the fund. Last year, we received £211,000 for the new RNIB Scotland employment and learning centre, and £150,000 to improve information provision for people with sight problems in Wales.
Was the application a simple process? This was our largest application and made more complex because the project is UK-wide. We had two assessment visits, and the second looked in detail at our management, financial capacity and structures. The fund was looking for flagship projects under its strategic programme. For example, those that influence practice beyond the life of any grant or address cross-cutting priority themes such as disability. Our project fitted because it will develop 'people resources' cost-effectively across the RNIB.