That was when I started to look for help and support…
I started Googling and emailing everyone and anyone I thought might be able to help which is how I found the amazing Ralph Rudden.
Ralph was the first person (out of many) to agree to meet up with me and hear about my crazy plan for the run down, derelict scout hut building. We met at the sun shine cafe where he listened to me waffled on about how amazing our project was going to be but (then in a quiet voice I mentioned) how we’d run out of money.
Ralph said not to worry he knew two people I needed to meet with, Andy Hemming from Unltd and Dan Shelston from Trafford Housing Trust.
Ralph has continued to supported us, pointing us in the right direction whenever we’re stuck, he’s such a generous man he always has time to listen and has remained interested in our plans since that very first meeting.
Andy put me forward for the Unltd ‘Do it’ application for £5000. Meeting him was such a big boost in the right direction, the first time I showed him the building I remember he said to me ‘Jeneane, it doesn’t matter what it looks like now, it matters what you’re going to do with it and what you’re going to achieve. We’re investing in you as a person because we believe you’ll be able to do this.’ That has stayed with me five years on, that first conversation gave me the confidence and reassurance that what we we’re doing would work and that other people could see the potential and vision I had. It’s now 2018 and Andy’s on-going support (and gardening business meetings) and advise are invaluable to 4 Cheeky Monkeys.
Dan recommended us for THT’s ‘Give and Gain’ day. Once they were both involved people were happy to invest, support and match fund. Dan Shelton’s, an absolute legend, I’m so very grateful for all his help and advice. I apologise for the millions of emails and questions I bombarded you with on a weekly basis in the early days.
At the same time as meeting Ralph I also felt stuck as to what to do with our setting…should we be a charity, a private business, hand it over to someone else that would then let us run it.
A lady at Blue Orchid gave me the details of an accountant based in Sale that specialized in CIC’s, I met with her and she explained all our options and we decided a CIC would be best for us.
Brooks Institute closed around the time of these meetings and once Unltd awarded the £5000 they we’re happy to match fund via a grant application.
It’s from here the ball started rolling and 4 Cheeky Monkeys became what it is today.
The individuals that have helped since the start getting involved around the same time as Ralph, Andy and Dan have been:
Cllr Rob Chilton he has been very helpful, kind and approachable his advice has been fantastic especially when I’ve had to communicate with Trafford Council.
Mike Morin from MoforLess he has done a lot of our ground work (football area, pram store, growing area…) if anything happens we can’t fix ourselves its Mike we contact. Thank you Mike.
Tom Rock and his team at Rock paving they did an amazing job of our grounds and we’re forever grateful.
Above is everyone listed from 2012 to opening in 2104. We’ve had masses of support, grants, funding, donations, volunteers since and I just want to thank everyone. We really appreciate it and wouldn’t be what we are without you all.