For over twenty years now The Maldon Pioneers Association has not received support from statutory agencies. Funding, recruitment of volunteers and organisation of activities is the responsibility of the trustees.
As a registered charity we rely on grants from trusts and organisations (such as Maldon CVS) donations from supporters and fundraising activities during the year to fund the running costs. Pioneers pay a contribution towards transport and refreshment costs and entrance fees, where applicable, for outings and regular activities.
Running costs include the maintenance and fuel costs of our minibus, hire of extra transport when necessary, hire of halls for our weekly groups, equipment and resources for activities, postage, printing and other expenses as well as the salary of a part-time Activities Organiser.
If you feel you may be able to support us in a financial or practical way with any of the above, we would love to hear from you.
Our most valued asset is our band of volunteers without whom we would not be able carry out any of our activities.
Our volunteer helpers come from all walks of life with a varied range of previous experience and skills to share with Maldon Pioneers.
It is not important to have a background in social care, just an open mind and sense of fun. You may only have an hour or so free each week or month or you may like to become more involved and join us more regularly for our weekly activities and outings or even our annual holiday at Butlins.
As our members are classed as vulnerable adults, volunteers must be aged over 18. Background checks and an induction will be carried out to protect both our members and volunteers, but prospective volunteers are welcome to arrange an informal visit.
For those volunteers (under 70) who are interested in driving our minibus we can arrange training. We are also committed to ongoing training in First Aid and Epilepsy Awareness.
If you feel you would prefer to help more with fundraising than practical support, we would like to set up a ‘Friends of Maldon Pioneers’ group to raise funds locally, perhaps through social events or charity sales. We would also welcome new committee members, we meet 6 times a year.
Please contact us to discuss how you can help, we would love to hear from you.