New community space for Newton Abbot opening 2019

Exterior panels - visualWe have been working on a project in Newton Abbot since September 2016 and this year should see this fabulous new space open. It’s not a finished case study yet but we wanted to give you a flavour of what this exciting project has involved.

What was the change they wanted to make?

In its current location, Newton Abbot Town Council and Museum face significant challenges; distance from the town centre, accessibility, signage and space which results in a lower use of the facilities. It has taken 15 years to find a suitable site but in August 2016 the Town Council purchased a disused, listed building in the centre of town, the former St Leonard’s Church. This project will create a purpose-built museum and community space. It will provide a larger, accessible central location attracting local and national visitors to the accredited museum and enable more stories of Newton Abbot and its surrounding areas to be told in exciting and innovative ways, enable local residents to access the Town Council services more easily and provide affordable community space.

What did we do?

We worked with the Town Council and developed a Business Case for the proposed move. This was used as the underpinning document, which alongside community consultation and events, formed the basis of a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Having a successful first round at the first attempt, we then supported the project through the second round. As Project Co-ordinator, we aided the development of a Project Board, wrote the terms of reference, drafted tender documents for all professional services, supported the procurement process, and submitted other funding bids.

The project is on-going and we manage reporting to funders and the Project Board, co-ordination of the working group team for fortnightly meetings and liaison with the professional services construction team (project manage, architect, quantity surveyor etc).

What happened?

The project is still in full swing and we will update this case study as it progresses.

So far, we have helped to secure £900k through the Heritage Lottery Fund and a further £350k through other funders. The construction team are on site and the building is due to open to the public at the end of 2019.


Grants for Care providers in Devon

It’s rare to find grants where it is open to voluntary sector, social enterprises and private businesses but Devon County Council are keen to support the development of a stronger care sector in the County. In addition to the grant, there is free business advice and a whole raft of leadership training courses.

The scheme is open and will run until December 2019 unless funds are used before this date. Definitely worth a look if this is the sector you are operating in.

For more information, visit ‘Creating Innovation and Growth’ .

Crowdfunding, pros and cons

Nesta has recently issued its report on the Crowdfunding Pilot 2016 in the Arts and Heritage sector.


It’s no big surprise that the positives of crowdfunding, other than hopefully being successful with securing the money, is that it helps organisations increase their profile and reaches audiences that they perhaps would not have reached otherwise.

The downsides weren’t many until you read towards the end that nearly a third (29 per cent) of those that answered the survey said the effort placed on crowdfunding was too great relative to the positive impacts experienced.

It isn’t for the faint-hearted!