CLIC Sargent support children and young people with a cancer diagnoses to thrive, not simply survive through treatment. This can take many forms such as helping them to stay in school, work, and provide the emotional support; all of which is delivered by groups of specialised teams of social workers. They also work to enable attendance at key events and opportunities to showcase their talents.
CLIC Sargent make the people they help their priority and as a result have created a reference group where they actively get families to get involved with the charity – to devise the future strategy, and even help with the interview process for senior roles.
Nationally CLIC Sargent has circa £25m income, which is mainly sourced from trusts, interested groups, and donations). They are nearing 500 directly employed members of staff and also run a volunteer network that support CLIC Sargent with awareness and fundraising activities through community engagements.
Joe Burns, the Fundraising and Engagement Manager for Greater Manchester and Lancashire organises a team to develop, market and engage the communities for events, awareness raising, and sourcing opportunities for the young people who they work with.
On the 6th December 2018, CLIC Sargent attended Project Management Day of Service (#PMDoSUK) were matched with a Consultant to get some one-to-one support and guidance.
“We went to PMDoS because there is an upcoming big appeal in Greater Manchester that will require a significant increase in the amount we fundraise. The team are experienced fundraisers but fundamentally not project managers, so the day really helped. It was wonderful to have support from RSM UK and Freshfields who mentored and validated what was being planned for the programme to ensure it is set up for success.
It is also difficult to take time out to plan because the roles we do are largely reactive. So, to have the time to sit down with some people who know the field, who could challenge our thought processes and plans meant we took away valuable plans for the new year.”
We asked Tim Crawford (Freshfields), one of the Consultants who helped CLIC Sargent on the day, to give us his view on the experience:
“I really enjoyed the time spent with the team from Clic Sargent. I was not particularly aware of the charity before the event but have since connected with Clic Sargent via LinkedIn and after seeing one of their videos I went to buy one of their Christmas charity teddy bears. After much searching I managed to source Rufus!
In terms of the day itself, we started by discussing the business problem and brain-storming the options available. This then progressed to identifying some activities and applying some lite-touch models to frame the best approach to take. In the afternoon we did a good old fashioned sticky note activity to map the activities into themes, ultimately creating a prioritised project plan for the guys to take away.
I’ll be sure to keep an eye on the progress of the activity that the charity is working on and will aim to support it wherever I can.”
You can join or support the CLIC Sargent by visiting their website where there are opportunities to ‘Join their fight’ and get involved.
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The next Project Management Day of Service UK (#PMDoSUK) is going to take place again on 30th April 2019 at the Microsoft Reactor Space in London.
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