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C3SC are thrilled to announce that we have assisted MENFA – Mentoring for All in securing £25,000 from CAFAP as well as £68,700 from Big Lottery for the renovation and replacement of a new roof at their organisation’s venue.

MENFA stands for ‘Mentoring for All’ and was established to support the advancement in the education of young people through advice, counselling and mentoring in schools and colleges, and within the local community.

MENFA offer mentoring support – someone who will to listen, support and motivate individuals towards achieving personal goals. They also aim to encourage the emotional and academic development of those who feel socially disadvantaged, and empower them to reach their full potential in today’s society.

One of C3SC’s Third Sector Development Officers, Mr Thomas Crockett, was able to help MENFA secure these funds by constructing the grant application questions, giving MENFA explanations to the questions, meeting with funders and committee members on several separate occasions, giving advice and support along with vital information required for a successful application.

They told us: “Mr Thomas Crocket has been such an immeasurable source to MENFA. Our applications to the Lottery fell through at least 5 times prior to this. Thomas made things clear and concise, met with us on a frequent basis and helped us greatly. He also liaised with the funders. It is because of his help insight and advice we were successful. We honestly cannot thank you enough Thomas. You have made our dream a reality!” 

For more of an insight into MENFA’s benefit to the community, MENFA’S project is a part of the Butetown Cardiff Bay community, and has been for over 37 years. Butetown is a culturally rich and diverse community with its members consisting of British, Yemeni, Somali, African Other, Mixed race, Caribbean, Polish, Greek and others, some of whose history goes back over 300 years. MENFA was founded in 1984 by Madge Thomas. One of the oldest schemes inspired by Madge Thomas and MENFA was the Play Scheme/Child’s Play initiative, which provides at least two weeks of enjoyable activities for the children in a safe environment. Children can take part in exciting activities ranging from arts and crafts and educational mini-classes to organised day trips. Child’s Play also acts as a forum in which the children are encouraged to share their experiences, views about life, and their ambitions, and have lots of fun at the same time!

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