The Community Matters Partnership (CMP)


A1 - Title in original language
The Community Matters Partnership (CMP)

A2 - Title in English
The Community Matters Partnership (CMP)

A3 - Location of GP (national)
UKCommunity Matters Partnership logo

A4 - Location of GP (regional)

A5 - Economic field of activity
S Other service activities

A6 - Ultimate purpose of GP
To enable cross sectoral working
To enable adaptation to new realities
To provide amenities for local people

A7 - Spatial scale

A8a - Start date
Registered as CIC (Community Interest Company) in October 2010, started trading in January 2011

A8b - Anticipated end date (if applicable)

A9 - Short description of the GP
CMP pulls together prviate and public sector organisations to work together to address the pressing need of the local community.

A10 - Key words relating to the GP
Profit/no profit partnership / coooperation
Training / mentoring
Network creation

A11 - Objectives of the GP
To bring together as many local organisations as possible to address local issues.

A12 - Activities that have taken place
Fundraising, volunteering, sharing of ideas, sharing of resources, sharing of expertise, bringing the whole community together.

A13 - Achievements of the GP
Being the first organisation to bring together private and public sector organiations to work in partnership; to be self-financed; won BBC award for social entrepreneurship; received Big Society nomination; won Social Vision award; raised over £100,000 for local charities; delivered 40,000 volunteering hours in the community; enabled businesses to share skills with not-for-profit organisations; created relationships between private companies and charities.


B1 - How has the GP impacted on the following?

B1a - Legal/financial exclusion (people who legally or finacially excluded)
Very positive impacts
Any other comments?
Raised £50,000 for local homeless centre.

B1b - Creation or conservation of local employment
Very positive impacts
Any other comments?
Private companies are now more aware of the needs in their community, eg a local hotel has started employing homeless people.

B1c - Adaptation to new realities (enabling people to adapt to their changing circumtances)
Very positive impacts
Any other comments?
CMP has directed companies to issues within their community - companies will now take on apprentices and young people because they've been made aware of the issues.

B1d - Cross sectoral working
Very positive impacts
Any other comments?
Key work of CMP - bringing all parties together to work collaboratively to address local needs - impact is that local needs are much better addressed.

B1e - Enablement of social enterpreneurship
Very positive impacts
Any other comments?
CMP has supported local council in developing social entrepreneurship, and provided eduction and information to private and public sectors.

B1f - Amenities for local people
Very positive impacts
Any other comments?
Local people now receive much better support from public and private sectors as a result of these sectors being aware of the needs of communities - CMP has enabled leverage of additional money and expertise into the community.

B1g - Educational opportunities
Very positive impacts
Any other comments?
All members will take part in a number of actiivites to raise aspirations of young people - eg mentoring, volunteering, fundraising for youth grouops, work expereince, apprenticeships, aspirational schools talk programme.

B1h - Crisis response
Very positive impacts
Any other comments?
During snowy weather, the normal Meals on Wheels provider could not operate. CMP emailed its member companies and asked employees with 4x4s to deliver meals.

B1i - Local financial environment for social enterpreneurs
Any other comments?
Not applicable

B1j - Local policy environment for social enterpreneurs
Any other comments?
Not applicable

B1k - National financial environment for social enterpreneurs
Any other comments?
Not applicable

B1l - National policy environment for social enterpreneurs
Any other comments?
Not applicable


C1 - Is the governance of this GP fully inclusive?
Beneficiaries are highly involved in governance
Comments and learning points
Beneficiaries attend quarterly meetings to update companies on what support they need - CMP co-ordinate meetings to bring beneficiaries and companies together to say what they need.

C2 - How influential has this GP been on local or national decision makers? (Have you had and influence on decision makers locally?)
High degree of influence achieved
Comments and learning points
CMP has persuaded 15 business leaders to look at their community and do something about it.

C3 - How much partnership work has been involved?
A great deal of cross sectoral partnership working
Comments and learning points
See B1d answer


D1 - Please describe how the GP communicated its experience and success to the public (how you disseminate your impact)
Through local press, through Big Lottery website (as a result of winning Big Lottery award), annual report, presentation at HSSE graduation and at other award ceremonies. CMP also holds an Annual Celebration evening which beneficiaries attend.

D2 - Please describe how the GP communicated with local or national decision makers?
Influcenced local council to recognise the needs of homeless people, as well as major companies and colleges.

D3 - Are there any elements of this project that you think would transfer particularly well to other contexts?
Concept of CMP very easily repeated. Can do anywhere in world.


E1a - Total annual income of GP 2011/12

E1b - How is this made up?
From clients - private sector funding

E1c - Details of human resources
1 Executive/Company Director, 3 Non-Executive Directors, 1 Project Manager (part time), 1 Finance Manager (part time), 1 Social Events and Networking Officer (part time, 4 volunteers.

E1d - Details of technology
Use free google mail and documents, Mailchimp and clear books

E1e - Details of financial investment for start-up/early stage
From clients - private sector funding

E1f - Details of external support

E2 - If public funding were withdrawn, could the GP continue to exist?


F1 - Who set up the GP?
Individual or group of individuals

F2 - Who runs the GP?
Individual or group of individuals

F3 - Short description/comments

F4 - Contact
Jonathan Dolbear
The Community Matters Partnership
Southwood Pavilion, Grasmere Road, Farnborough, GU14 0LE
Telephone 07866 762526
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G1 - Photos (between 1 & 3)

G2 - E documents

G3 - Any other useful information


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