ProHelp Wirral, a project which provides free advice from Wirral professionals to local charities and community groups, is urging Wirral not for profit organisations to take advantage of the scheme for 2018. The project has saved local charities £20,419.85 since it began in 2012.
ProHelp Wirral, which is administrated by Community Action Wirral, has developed a network of professional firms who are prepared to offer their services pro bono to community organisations. Advice is available from solicitors, accountants, architects, PR and marketing consultants and management consultants. Wirral firms participating in the project include McEwan Wallace, Ainsley Gommon Architects, Paddock Johnson Partnership, Percy Hughes & Roberts and Cunliffes. The project has 16 professional members in total.
ProHelp Wirral was created to help smaller, local, not for critical time that they would otherwise be unable to afford. This advice enables charities to grow, and become more sustainable and established organisations, allowing them to support the wider community.
Zel Rodgers, project administrator said: “We successfully supported eight organisations in 2017, ranging from small community groups to large charities. Some organisations were just at the beginning of a large project to benefit the community and others just needed help to clarify ongoing issues”
One of the organisations said: “We really cannot thank Gareth (Percy Hughes & Roberts) enough for the work that he did in securing the lease for the Trust. We were in a Catch 22 situation – without ownership of the building it was difficult to raise any money but without money we could not pay a solicitor to work on getting the building! The fact that Gareth was willing to do all the lease work at no cost, other than registration fees, has been a godsend. The work was more prolonged than originally envisaged but Gareth stuck with us and got us a successful conclusion. He was also very understanding of our situation and explained all the technical aspects so that we could make informed decisions. We now have a lease and a building and can get on with what we were set up to do.
For further information on the programme and to apply, please contact Zel Rodgers by email at [email protected]