Featured: Meet your fellow Catalyst community members

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Hello everyone,

I'm Anna, the community manager here at HLF. I'm on hand to help you out with using the community, and Gemma (who some of you may well know), our Programme Manager, will be overseeing this forum discussions. You might also see other HLF staff joining in from time to time.

To help kick-start the conversations and help everyone get to know one another, please introduce yourself below - tell us who you are, what project you're working on, and perhaps what you'd like to get from participating in this community (don't forget that you'll need to be logged in to do this).


View Community team's profile Community team Nov 21 2014 - 10:37am
  1. Well.  Looks like I'm first to sign up.

    I'm John, Development Manager with Shropshire Wildlife Trust and we had a Catalyst small grant that has been very influential.

    We've been developing our offer to corporate members and supporters and really increased our income from this source - from new members, sponsors and business foundations.  I've added a link to a video we shot with some of our supporters, paid for by HLF.  No I've not, it's “not supported” but it's at Shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk-corporate-membership-

    Carrying on doing lots more corporate work and just starting to investigate international fundraining (in the US).  It looks like the Catalyst sponsored work with US based companies is going to be very helpful in this.


  2. View John Hughes's profile John Hughes
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  3. Hello Anna and John!


    I am the sole employee of the Heritage Crafts Association, the only organisation that exists/aims to safeguard and promote traditional craft skills in the UK.

    I and my Trustees (and growing number of volunteers) have benefited from a Catalyst small grant that is approaching its final stages at the moment.

    We've got our first major sponsor (major for us) and feeling quite positive about our ability to generate sufficient income to be no longer reliant on core grants after 3 more years, and increase our staffing by a whole 30% (to 1.3 fte) in the new year.

    The US based companies work interests me, too.



  4. View Sally Morgan's profile Sally Morgan
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  5. Hello,

    My name is Jake and I was actually hired through the Catalyst grant for Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust as the Media Coordinator and Fundraiser. Job extended through Jobs Growth Wales, AHF money and the YRP, and hopefully additional from Pilgrim Trust to bring it to the point of the Development Stage with the HLF.

    Check out my bio for current projects worked on, but the Catalyst Grant really helped us out because it meant that I could be hired, but a large part of it also went towards other related projects. I didn't apply for it but have the files of the person who did, my fundraising predecessor, if anyone wants to take a look.



    Want to know more about Gwrych Trust? Check out our website which has more information about the charity, current works, events, volunteering and joining as a member.


  6. View Mark Baker's profile Mark Baker
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  7. Hi there,

    I'm Miranda Stearn, working with Gemma here at HLF, as a Policy Adviser focussing on Learning and Volunteering across all our programmes. I've already been dabbling in the Young Roots community, but I wanted to introduce myself to all of you too. I'm always interested to hear about people's experience of volunteering on our projects, so if you have things to share or questions to ask, do get in touch!

  8. View Miranda Stearn's profile Miranda Stearn
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  9. Hello! Great to hear who is involved with the Catalyst community. I am Alice Kershaw, a Senior Grants Officer in the London team and like Miranda, I wanted to introduce myself to all of you.

  10. View Alice Kershaw's profile Alice Kershaw
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