HIWCF launches new 'Learning Set' to deepen understanding of the challenges faced by community and not for profit groups

HIWCF staff members with some of the community organisations who took part in the first Learning Set of the year.
With thanks special thanks to the Minstead Trust for hosting the meeting.

A new initiative launched on Wednesday 17 April is enabling HIWCF to deepen its understanding of the current needs of the charity and voluntary sector.


Bringing together eight community groups funded by the Charles Burnett Memorial Fund, the team gained an important insight into what success looks like for the individual organisations, along with the collective challenges they face. The meeting also provided a valuable opportunity for grantees to meet each other, share ideas, consolidate collaborations and form new connections. 


While significant positive impact is clearly demonstrated within communities served by these groups, building a sustainable future for small charities and not for profit organisations that can deliver longer term support is becoming increasingly important, particularly for minoritised groups living with hidden disabilities. Small charities and not for profit groups rely heavily on funding, not only to deliver project work in response to emerging needs within their communities, but also to sustain their ongoing operations as demand increases year on year for the essential services they provide.


HIWCF would like to thank the following community organisations for contributing to the first Learning Set of the year, all of which have received two year funding from the Charles Burnett Memorial Fund to support communities in the New Forest to access life skills and educational opportunities:


The Minstead Trust, Youth Options, SCARF, SPUD, Youth and Families Matter, Friends of South Baddesley School, Positive Path Foundation and St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery.