Paul Streets, CEO of Lloyds Bank Foundation describes how a visit to the buzzing Hive Avon in Bristol brought home the value of small charities.
A visit to the buzzing Hive Avon in Bristol brought home the value of small charities, writes our CEO Paul Streets.
The Hive Avon works with people who have learning disabilities and their families in Bristol and surrounding areas. It is based in an unprepossessing building some way up a hill beside a shabby garage on the outskirts of Bristol. It has one full-time staff member, a couple of part-timers – including the chief executive – and about 30 volunteers. It has an income of about £100,000 a year. When I visited earlier this year it was celebrating its 50th year and was buzzing with people and ideas for how it could do more.
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