Giving back to the community

kirsty-1Kirsty Thomson from Along Came Kirsty is a very successful businesswoman. In fact, she has just earnt £377,827. Not for herself but for the Scottish charity PAMIS.

The PAMIS grant was awarded from the Big Lottery Funding after six months of hard work. PAMIS was established in 1992 to provide support for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), their family and carers and interested professionals. The grant will enable the charity to continue campaigning for better facilities and better understanding for those with multiple learning disabilities.

Kirsty has worked with a number of charities providing them with a range of approaches to promote the business side of their work such as writing fundraising strategies and applications for funding, carrying out evaluations, marketing the charity and organising creative fundraising events. Kirsty says “there is a demand from smaller charities for this input as they do not have the capacity to carry out many of these time consuming tasks and unfortunately without some of this vital work, charities risk loss of funding to both their core and project work”.

Her consultancy business supports individuals, projects, groups, small/medium sized charities and social enterprises. The business takes time and stress away from charitable organisations by carrying out fundraising searches and producing reports from UK and EU funders, writing grant applications, monitoring projects, developing and completing evaluations and consultations. They also have a Creative Fundraising Events Team who are available to provide ideas for potential events and carry out everything from venue searching and liaison, right through to on the day management of the event.

Kirsty’s professional success has also been recognised by the wider business community. She was  a finalist in the Women Ahead Business Awards 2013 in the category of Community Woman of the Year. The judges were looking for someone who could demonstrate great networking and communication skills, possessing drive and enthusiasm in order to promote the aims and raise the profile of an organisation. They were looking for a candidate who is an individual committed to working for the benefit of people and the community and to giving back  to the community.

Find out more about where Kirsty will be coming along to next through her website: www.alongcamekirsty.co.uk

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1 Comment on Giving back to the community

  1. Anne Casey // April 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm // Reply

    Great to hear of such worthwhile work Kirsty. You must get such a buzz out of supporting charities to be successful, especially the smaller ones which struggle in difficult economic times. Well done.

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