Anyone ever started a charity / CIC?

MrBane

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I've been thinking about starting a charity / Community Interest Company for a few years now.

Basically, archery in a van. I'm a L1 UK instructor in archery and used to be development officer and then treasurer for our Community Amature Sports Club (CASC) which is an HMRC recognised status.

Archery is amazingly popular with kids and because of my day job, I tie in with a lot of small groups and organisations who deal with disadvantaged kids (read poor, hungry and dirty) and often they struggle to find something that works for the more unruly kids. Those are the kids that really need some form of engagement to steer then away from the inevitable criminality.

Anyway, I've got my business plan sorted and in essence I'd link in with all these groups and delivery archery more or less on site for only the cost of petrol and literally two or three £ on top to start building up a kitty. Thanks to some cunning interior modifications (courtesy MrB joinery and metalwerks) they'd be shooting into the van (safety net on a pulley / arm system) meaning the system is easily deployed anywhere.

I'd need to self-fund initially so I think including the van and kit, I'd be about £15k which I'm happy to do, and the long term strategy is to act as a feeder into the two clubs in Glasgow which have youth sections.

I'm just looking to hear from anyone who's started a charity or CIC and what pitfalls they encountered or their own experiences of it?
 
I look forward to your next thread; "can anyone recommend a cheap penetrating injury specialist?"
 
Better idea; buy a mil surplus emergency water tank, the rubber ones with an inflatable collar, and combine your outdoor archery with a portable lido. What could possibly go wrong?
 
Especially when you put her and the phrase 'penetrating injury' together. :D
Those were separate posts for a very, very good reason
 

endure

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I've been thinking about starting a charity / Community Interest Company for a few years now.

Basically, archery in a van. I'm a L1 UK instructor in archery and used to be development officer and then treasurer for our Community Amature Sports Club (CASC) which is an HMRC recognised status.

Archery is amazingly popular with kids and because of my day job, I tie in with a lot of small groups and organisations who deal with disadvantaged kids (read poor, hungry and dirty) and often they struggle to find something that works for the more unruly kids. Those are the kids that really need some form of engagement to steer then away from the inevitable criminality.

Anyway, I've got my business plan sorted and in essence I'd link in with all these groups and delivery archery more or less on site for only the cost of petrol and literally two or three £ on top to start building up a kitty. Thanks to some cunning interior modifications (courtesy MrB joinery and metalwerks)
I think you ought to pause there and reconsider the whole thing...
 
I've been thinking about starting a charity / Community Interest Company for a few years now.

Basically, archery in a van. I'm a L1 UK instructor in archery and used to be development officer and then treasurer for our Community Amature Sports Club (CASC) which is an HMRC recognised status.

Archery is amazingly popular with kids and because of my day job, I tie in with a lot of small groups and organisations who deal with disadvantaged kids (read poor, hungry and dirty) and often they struggle to find something that works for the more unruly kids. Those are the kids that really need some form of engagement to steer then away from the inevitable criminality.

Anyway, I've got my business plan sorted and in essence I'd link in with all these groups and delivery archery more or less on site for only the cost of petrol and literally two or three £ on top to start building up a kitty. Thanks to some cunning interior modifications (courtesy MrB joinery and metalwerks) they'd be shooting into the van (safety net on a pulley / arm system) meaning the system is easily deployed anywhere.

I'd need to self-fund initially so I think including the van and kit, I'd be about £15k which I'm happy to do, and the long term strategy is to act as a feeder into the two clubs in Glasgow which have youth sections.

I'm just looking to hear from anyone who's started a charity or CIC and what pitfalls they encountered or their own experiences of it?
Consider lottery funding , they can help with forming charitable status and HMRC iirc forming a not for profit limited company is a must .

now follows the funny bit;
Or are you recruiting archers for KBR ?
Robin Hood walt :):)
 
I'm picturing a mob of wee ragamuffins armed with longbows doing an Agincourt on a line of coppers in public order gear.

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Can't wait for the new topic - "Embedded Arrows - Push or Pull?"
I'll have you know this is one thing which I'm actually very competent at, having instructed hundreds of complete beginners, those on the competitive pathway as well as corporate events where they're mainly drunk.

I liked to say when taking a new course of beginners that the Club has zero recorded injuries in the 30 years it's been running.

Mainly because we don't record them.
 
This reminds me, I must get my (re-enactment) warbow back.

Maybe it's time to do that bow making course I looked at a while ago. If I can supply them as fast as they get broken/stolen I'll be quids in
 
This reminds me, I must get my (re-enactment) warbow back.

Maybe it's time to do that bow making course I looked at a while ago. If I can supply them as fast as they get broken/stolen I'll be quids in
Those child-sized recurves are just the thing for firing from the pillion of a stolen moped.
 
Those child-sized recurves are just the thing for firing from the pillion of a stolen moped.
The range have some very cheap bows, with 'noodle arm' pulleys.
 
I'm picturing a mob of wee ragamuffins armed with longbows doing an Agincourt on a line of coppers in public order gear.
Or the rival ragamuffins retaliating by investing in crossbows and possibly a trebuchet.
 
I have a relative I now refer to under my breath as Captain Crowdfund Me, as my wife pointed out that calling him a "Freeloading Little Shyte!" to his face sounded argumentative.
Does that count?
 

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