Success Stories


Over the last year we have worked closely with major funding bodies, including the Big Lottery and The People’s Health Trust, to enable groups to better access their opportunities and draw further resources into the city. The People’s Health Trust commissioned SVS to support and build capacity with groups to access their Healthshape funding opportunity.

Through this work we were successful in helping groups to draw £280,000 to the local area. In addition we've:

  • Offered 14 training workshops on funding and fundraising attracting almost 400 people.
  • Our “Making a Big Difference in Southampton, How to Maximise your Group’s Potential to get Funding Event” attracted 183 attendees.
  • Supported the grant giving SO18 Big Local Partnership as the “Trusted Local Organisation”. In this role SVS supports local people to design and implement a small grants programme and manage grant agreements with “procured groups”.
  • A SVS organised Heritage Lottery funding session targeted at BAMER groups saw Unity 101 secure £39k in funding.

They have also been successful in applying for funding from 8 different sources as a result of attending all funding events and follow up support: A prime example of an organisation that takes the learning and implements successfully.

  • St George’s Grant: 18 different organisations from across Southampton were successful in being awarded a grant to celebrate St George’s Day at a range of events.  For example: Communicare Afternoon Tea Party, Active Nations, Southampton Books for Children.
  • Dragons Den Event: As a result of pitching at the Making a Big Difference in Southampton (Dragon’s Den) event in November 2016 two groups report funding successes as a direct result of their pitches and work with the funder.
Hi Auran, just to inform you that we have received £4694 funding – the whole lot – for the Holyrood’s kids’ summer activities. Great isn’t it? Thank you for invaluable help, bless you.
Holyrood Estate Residents’ & Tenants’ AssociationAwarded £4695, Awards 4 All
Thank you so much for the funding. Both the kids and their parents were happy. The turnout for the football tournament, art and music went well. There were a mixture of people from different back grounds celebrating St. George’s ’s day
Abdoulie Sanneh, TUVAAAwarded £100, St George's Grant
You have been amazing with all the help you have provided the MS Society Branch. The initial meeting you had with me, another meeting with the Chair and the times you checked through our application have all been invaluable and very much appreciated. I feel more confident with the grant process and all due to the support you have provided and to know you personally are on the end of an email is just unbelievable and a weight lifted!
MS SocietyAwarded £10,000, Awards 4 All
Thanks to the St. George’s Day grant provided via Southampton Voluntary Services, we were able to take 11 volunteers to ‘walk the walls’ of Southampton, learning a little more about our Southampton heritage. The guide, Martin, was very informative as well as giving us a few laughs along the way! Sadly everyone passed on our invitation to swim afterwards. We learned about the American wall, where soldiers had signed their names whilst waiting to get on a ship home and about The Duke of Wellington pub that had been bombed but rebuilt in 1963 to look just like the original! After burning off all those calories, we relaxed in West Quay Waterstones for tea and cake. They’d put on a lovely table outside in the sunshine and gave all of our volunteers special rates for books in store and for the refreshments. A lovely sociable morning for all involved - thanks again to SVS and Southampton City Council for the £100 grant.
Communicare in SouthamptonAwarded £100, St George's Grant
Just wanted to day thank you for the Dragons Den day - we have just been awarded 3k for Wolf Medicine from the Housing group that were on the panel that day which I thought was miraculous.
Nature TherapyAwarded £3000
On 23rd April, St George's Day, 17 brownies, 7 guides and 6 leaders descended on Guardian Court for an afternoon of fun and cake. We set up our activities and after a brief pause the residents started to arrive. We had a very enjoyable time together playing traditional fete games like hook a duck, skittles and human fruit machine alongside other activities like potting up house plants, making lavender bags and nail painting. The coconut shy was extremely popular with one resident determinedly winning five coconuts to share with his friends. Guess the number of sweets in the jars was won by Norah and Audrey who said 'but I guessed a silly number!' Each of the brownies and guides had brought a cake to share and we now had tea, coffee and cake to enjoy over a chat. There was so, so much cake! We were able to leave the residents a selection to enjoy at their coffee mornings for the next month. We finished off with a traditional guide campfire sing (with no fire) with all generations joining in together. The residents have invited us back to join them in the future as they had such a great time.
Girl GuidesAwarded £100, St George's Grant
Thank you so much for the time you spent with me yesterday. I left our meeting feeling inspired and encouraged to move forward to raise funds for Southampton Women’s Forum. I was impressed with the amount of useful information that you were able to provide, and your clear and considered responses to my questions.
Womens Forum
Thank you once again for our productive meeting, handouts and for your offer of help. I look forward to working with you in the future.
Weston Youth Church Project
Just thought I would let you know that we have had a very welcome outcome from the "Dragons Den" style event you organised a while ago. Following my presentation we were invited to apply to the Sovereign Community Fund for a contribution towards our volunteer training costs. We have just heard that our bid was successful. The event you ran was brilliant. Together with the prior training it has helped me to develop a new skill, which I expect to be very useful for the future. It also gave our team an opportunity to do some useful networking and to gain an additional understanding of some of the funders and other organisations out there. We look forward to any other events you may have on offer in the future.
Communicare in Southampton