Goodwill Gifts goes from strength to strength
Over the last few weeks it’s been great chatting to some of our members to hear how they are getting on and how working with NICVA has been of benefit to them.
Our first conversation is with Rose Kelly founder of Goodwill Gifts in Omagh.
“Goodwill Gifts is a voluntary group that organises events and activities to increase inclusion of Asian and ethnic minority groups in the Omagh and Enniskillen area. We are just about to open a charity shop on 1 November in Omagh which will also serve as a drop in centre. I have worked for many years in the voluntary and community sector and first came across NICVA in 1993 when I arrived in Northern Ireland and started a group that worked with Filipinos in Belfast. At that time I completed a few management courses with NICVA which have stood me in good stead as I have developed new groups and charities.
Goodwill Gifts recently went through charity registration and got a lot of help from Denise in NICVA’s governance team. She has so much experience that she was able to help me through the process and give me guidance on what I needed to do. It made the whole thing so much easier and quicker. She was very helpful answering all the questions I had about charitable purposes as well as setting up a charity shop. She also signposted me to other services and advice that was relevant to my organisation.
After becoming registered we started to look for funding to support our work and Deirdre NICVA’s fundraising officer send me the details of three or four funding programmes from GrantTracker to apply for. She also helped me with the funding applications.
We have really benefitted from being a NICVA member as it keeps us in touch with all that’s going on in the sector and we know that the staff are on hand at any time to help us. The experienced and professional staff have helped us manage our organisation well and become successful. We looked around for training and support and found that NICVA was the best for our group.”