Father Hudson’s Society has a distinctive approach to Community Projects.
It seeks where possible to work with a Partner that is part of a local community, meeting needs that for various reasons are not being addressed.
When Father Hudson’s Society becomes involved, it hopes it will be for the long term -as long as the need is there, as long as this way of meeting the need is effective and as long as the required funding can be made available.
The model for each project is to have a small core team of paid staff, a much larger group of committed and skilled volunteers, and a strong involvement of local Agencies providing services through the Project.
A key role for each Project Manager is to network extensively, to try to ensure each Centre provides a range of services, both through the project staff and other local Agencies.
A distinctive feature of these projects is the commitment to outreach –going to where people are –not expecting them to come to you. Each also has a Centre base.
The funding comes mainly from external sources - from Trusts, the Lottery, and some from Central and Local Government. Because of the other Agencies providing services from our Centres, and due to the involvement of volunteers, the real value in money terms to the local community is far higher than the accounts indicate .Father Hudson’s Society and the Foundation Partners also provide significant financial and in kind support.
In the three larger projects it is involved with, Father Hudson’s Society seeks to be a partner that provides services which local community projects and other partners would find difficult to deliver or manage. Our personnel department recruits, employs and supports the staff. Line management supervision to the Managers is provided through the Community Projects Manager.
For Hope and Brushstrokes:
Through its Finance Manager Father Hudson’s Society ensures that all income and expenditure is managed in accordance with Charity regulation.
Through its Community Projects Manager Father Hudson’s Society works to ensure external funding (which is the main source of funds) is secured.
The English Province of Our Lady of Charity manages all the Finance and the Anawim Project manager is responsible with Our Lady of Charity for funding applications (since they are a separate Charity). Father Hudson’s Society supports the Project manager with particular funding applications.
In all three projects Father Hudson’s Society also provides some support with IT and Estates services.