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Invitation to First Trafford Inward Investment Network Meeting

Thrive Trafford would like to let you know about an upcoming funding-related event which may be of interest to you or others in your organisation. The event is the first gathering of the Trafford Inward Investment Network, scheduled for the evening of Thursday 10th October at Trafford Housing Trust, Sale Point, 126-150 Washway Road, Sale, M33 6AG from 5PM to 7PM. This event is intended as a complement to the structured training sessions run by Thrive, and has been put together in response to feedback from session attendees who have said that they would welcome the opportunity for occasional slightly more informal open-invitation gatherings - still focussed on the challenges of bringing in investment (grants, loans, commissions…), but with more opportunity for networking between groups facing similar challenges, with a view to attendees learning from each other and perhaps even starting to collaborate on funding bids. We are aiming to set up the network to meet quarterly, with invitation open to all Trafford third sector groups big and small (and small who are looking to get bigger!). We are proposing that each network gathering will have a twin focus, on one theme linked to a specialist area of work, and another to a more general fundraising-related challenge. For the first gathering we have picked ‘working with children and young people’ for the specialist area and ‘dealing with funders’ application forms’ for the more general challenge. The session will be facilitated by Jonathan Baker, Inward Investment Officer, and the Thrive team, with the emphasis on workshop-style interaction, and powerpoint kept to a minimum. Refreshments will be available. In order to facilitate useful discussion, places will be limited and bookings will be taken on a first-come first-served basis. If you would like to book on or find out more, please contact one of the following: Jonathan Baker - jonathan.baker@traffordhousingtrust.co.uk Angela Madin - Angela.Madin@traffordhousingtrust.co.uk Bernadette Elder - Bernadette.Elder@thrivetrafford.org.uk

27th September 2013