The Bee Tree Community is a Community Interest Company run voluntarily by us (Debbie and Clare) around our other commitments. We are passionate about social justice and leaving this world a better place than it is currently. Our dream is to create and build a thriving community based in kindness, connection and creativity that is inclusive and caring. We believe wholeheartedly in Bee Tree's mission to support those who are isolated and/or lonely, for whatever reason that may be.
Bee Tree is able to run a packed timetable of Zoom sessions for members thanks to the donated time and energy of our incredible hosts. They are people who truly believe in Bee Tree's mission and values and really do make it the brilliantly creative and welcoming community it is today.
However! In order to continue to run, grow and further support members, Bee Tree is in desperate need of funds. Luckily, 2021 saw some of the most incredible people support us:
"I had no plans to raise money for a charitable cause this year..."
If I'm honest, I didn't want the added stress of raising money on top of training for a 100 mile bike ride, 2 x 50k runs and another 60 mile bike ride... But when I met the Founders of The Bee Tree Community, I was compelled to help in some way. I was just so struck by what they are doing that I wanted to help them raise awareness and raise funds.
Bee Tree is a Start-Up, and the Founders Clare and Debbie are funding this Community Interest Company themselves at present. They can’t compete with the big charities, so they need people like you and me
to help them.
In September 2021 Tara did the hard work - incredibly, she completed 227 miles on foot and bike across 4 different events!! Tara and the brilliant people who have donated raised £2000 for us!
As many of you know, The Bee Tree Community CIC is run on a voluntary basis. We're fortunate enough that our membership payments paid monthly cover our monthly running costs. However, we are struggling to grow our community without the much needed professional-standard business development it requires. We are trying our best but the reality is that the two of us have to work in our other jobs to keep a roof over our head while running a full time Bee Tree in our spare time/ let alone grow it. Bee Tree is growing very slowly as a result of that. We'd like to bring in a steady trickle of new members to ensure our service can run well and grow with the demand in the future too. But we just aren't being seen anywhere near enough like we need to be.
Our CIC status, tiny size and the pandemic has meant that we haven't qualified for grants/funding that we really could have done with to help us with this. While hopefully 2022 will see that change, it isn't guaranteed. So, we are asking for your help.
We've created a Go Fund Me campaign with the specific aim of raising £4000 to add to Tara's previously fundraised £2000 to secure some professional Business Development input for at least 6 months. A professional expert like this would be able to support and mentor us in our marketing strategy, advertising, networking with organisations who support our potential members already etc and ultimately educating and developing us as Bee Tree's Directors to really take our community and get it seen and heard about by those who could benefit from the wonderful community all of us have built in Bee Tree. We would have a business development strategy that was smart, effective and really made good use of the limited time and energy we have to spend on Bee Tree while we are volunteers for it.
Times are tough for everyone at the moment. We know that and it's why we keep Bee Tree affordable and always will do. But the time has come for our community to be given a boost so that more people can join and benefit from what we offer and we in turn can cover our larger but necessary business development costs with the added money their membership raises. We need money to bring in more members, so we can grow and reach even more members all over the country. This is where we need your help.
If you can donate and/or share our campaign to support our cause we would be so, so grateful. You can share our Go Fund Me campaign with friends, family and colleagues and anyone else you feel could help as well as sharing it on your social media. The people power that would generate could see us hit £4000 in no time!
What we have achieved in Bee Tree's first year is astonishing. It's creation has changed the lives of many of our members, as evidenced by their testimonials. Please help us to make our second year the year that Bee Tree really takes off and finds its place as a true community for people to support each other within from all over the UK. Our personal and professional experience tells us how much a service like The Bee Tree Community CIC is required. We know it can truly make a difference. We just need a hand getting it out there for people to learn about and use.
Thank you x