Peterborough ProHelp

Little Miracles: A community group helped by Peterborough ProHelp

For smaller businesses, ProHelp is a great environment in which to turn thoughts of ‘I really should put something back into society’ into concrete actions. By having a structure that supports this, means we can focus on giving our time helping community groups not hunting for projects.

- Keith Shering,
Managing Director, Critical Action
The Peterborough ProHelp Group was established in 2005 with five members and has gone from strength to strength, delivering a much needed and valuable service to the local community.

It now has 34 active members who are always willing to take on projects within their specialist field providing professional services, free of charge, to local charities, voluntary and community groups in the North Cambridgeshire area.

This year Peterborough ProHelp will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary and is aiming to achieve £1m worth of support since its launch. So far it has given in excess of 5,300 hours equating to almost £850,000 worth of support.

The Group has supported over 200 projects giving advice and guidance on:

  • Negotiating a lease and setting up a charity;

  • Helping with employment contracts, policies and procedures;

  • Setting up accountancy systems;

  • Health & Safety advice;

  • Drafting business, marketing, PR and communications plans;

  • Reviewing database systems and conducting strategic reviews;

  • Management training; and

  • Providing structural surveys or advising on architectural schemes.

These are just an example of the support that has been given and we are always looking for new members to join so that we can expand the services available.

Young people using computers at 49 Lincoln Road

Learning disability charity 49 Lincoln Road has set up an IT suite with computers donated by Peterborough ProHelp member Buckles Solicitors LLP.

Updated: September 2015

Project management support from Critical Action has helped move the Clifton Court Residents Association nearer their goal of a new communal extension for social events and activities.

Updated: September 2015
Keeping HR Simple

When Orton Community Association needed help making their HR policies and procedures fit for purpose, Keeping HR Simple offered their expertise.

Updated: September 2015
Care about You

Youth theatre and creation group Care About You were given just the help they needed by Buckles Solicitors when they wanted advice on becoming a Community Interest Company.

Updated: September 2015

The Cotterstock Village Hall Refurbishment Committee approached Peterborough ProHelp for help with a specification for the major items of work to be undertaken thus making it easier to get suitable quotes.

Updated: September 2015
Cambridge Risk Solutions logo

When Peterborough Council for Voluntary Services needed a fresh, external perspective to help them develop a new, more effective strategy, business consultancy Cambridge Risk Solutions stepped in to help.

Updated: September 2015
Positive Media Consultancy

Disability Peterborough saved over £2,000 when Positive Media Consultancy helped them produce a new leaflet to replace the very outdated publicity it was using.

Updated: September 2015

Advice from Buckles Solicitors to Caresco, a charity providing a wide range of services, has helped it make better use of its volunteers and negotiate a new lease for its charity shop.

Updated: September 2015
Critical Action logo

Critical Action, along with Keeping HR Simple and Positive Media Consultancy Ltd, helped Peterborough and Fenland Mind improve its project management, HR and communications systems.

Updated: September 2015
Prohelp Peterborough

Positive Media Consultancy worked with disability sport and activity organisation Inspire Peterborough to help it run a major event effectively, and put together a marketing and communications plan for the future.

Updated: September 2015

Key contact

Helen Haynes

Peterborough and Cambridge ProHelp Manager
M: 07986 398 026

Peterborough ProHelp members

  • Advancing Business People

  • Barker Storey Matthews

  • Buckles Solicitors LLP

  • Cambridge Risk Solutions Ltd

  • Clydesdale Bank

  • Corylus Business

  • Critical Action Ltd

  • Cunnington Clark Ltd

  • Davis Langdon

  • Dickens Watts & Dade

  • EACS Ltd

  • E and I Business Services

  • Environment Agency

  • Face2Face HR

  • Fraser Dawbarns

  • Head for Success

  • Hegartys LLP Solicitors

  • HC Solicitors

  • InternetNow!

  • Just Comply

  • Keeping HR Simple

  • Moore Stephens

  • Andrew Morton Associates

  • NB Marketing

  • PDG Architects Ltd

  • Peterborough Evening Telegraph

  • Positive Media Consultancy Ltd

  • RH Tech Consulting Ltd

  • Roythorne Solicitors

  • Saffery Champness

  • Sphere Risk H&S Management Ltd

  • Stanza Consulting Ltd


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