As a registered charity we rely on grants from trusts and organisations (such as Maldon CVS and Essex Community Foundation), donations from supporters, and fundraising activities during the year to help fund the running costs. These costs include the maintenance and fuel 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. Although we ask our Pioneers to pay a contribution towards transport and refreshment costs, entrance fees where applicable, for outings and regular activities, this income meets only part of the annual expenditure to maintain the organisation.
However, our most valued asset is our band of volunteer helpers, without whom we would not be able carry out any of our activities. They 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 Pioneer members are classed as vulnerable adults, volunteers must be aged over 18 and background checks and an induction will be carried out to protect both our members and volunteers. For those volunteers (under 70) who are interested in driving our minibus we can arrange training. together with our commitment 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. So, if you would like to find out more about being a volunteer then please get in touch to arrange an informal visit: we would love to hear from you.
And, as importantly, would also welcome new trustee committee members to help with the management and strategic development of The Maldon Pioneers Association.