Community Ambassador Programme
The role of a DMSF Ambassador is entirely flexible and there are many ways you can help, though we expect you to commit to 1-2 hours per week to achieve a fundraising target of £10,000.
It is entirely up to you how to offer your support and ultimately, how you develop and execute your action plan, but we are here to help you every step of the way.
To request a brochure with more information, click on the link below.
We’re aware that there are individuals and organisations who are passionate about our cause and who want to help us to grow. This support might take the form of hosting fundraising events and initiatives on our behalf, promoting our work in the community or on social media, or using business contacts and professional connections to leverage funds and support.
To celebrate our 10th anniversary year in 2020, we’ve launched a new Ambassador Programme to officially recognise this support and encourage the community around us to get involved; our Ambassadors will play a fundamental role in raising awareness and support for our charity and the services we provide for young people across the Greater Manchester area.
There are many different types of DMSF Ambassador:
- Community Ambassador
- Social Ambassador
- Group Ambassador
- Brand Ambassador
- Athlete Ambassadors
Whatever your background, if you feel you have life experience, skills or you are in a position to help us engage young people with our services, make connections with donors or funders, or simply help us to raise our profile in the region, we would love to hear from you.
Meet DSMF Community Ambassador, Dougy
In October 2019, DMSF received a cash donation raised from recycling plastic and the cost saving initiatives of local providers, from their local community.
The money was raised as a result of cost savings from recycling plastic cutlery and bottles, and [upon hearing about the difference DMSF is making to the young people in their community], local providers have either not been charging full price on the food they’re giving to DMSF or they’re providing it free of charge.
The driving force behind this initiative was Dougy’s Uptown a family-run Caribbean restaurant that has been in operation in Manchester since 1991, with its clientele stretching as far as Blackpool.
Dougy said: “This is what we’re about. I went to our local suppliers and I said what are you doing to help? What are you doing to give back to your community? These young people are the future. I worked in youth work for a long time, this is important, what you are doing here is important.”
Dougy didn’t hesitate to take action and he provided meals and provision for our young people who would otherwise have gone without. He was able to secure free fruit and discounted drinks that he provided daily.
Where he was able to make savings through the support of local suppliers, he saved the money and on Friday 23 August, the last day of Summer camp, Dougys’ mum presented the Foundation’s CEO, Diane Modahl, with a cheque for £500.
It’s estimated that three million children across the UK are at risk of holiday hunger. With 42% of children living below the poverty line across Greater Manchester, a figure that is double the national rate, a significant number of our young people go without adequate nutrition over the school holidays.
In a survey completed by Greater Manchester Poverty Action, it was reported that 59% of children and young people who were approached had experienced holiday hunger.
This is a growing concern, especially in areas that DMSF operate in. This is why it was so important to us that we were able to provide free meals to all the young people who took part in our summer camps across the five weeks.
I’m so proud of our local community. Not only is it embracing the worldwide challenge of moving recycling forward, but they’re actively helping support our young people who have all received surplus quality food, including fresh fruit and salad. We’re a charity so it’s vital that we keep costs down and this donation will make a real difference to our capacity to support even more young people. It’s great to see the community working together and how we are all supporting each other.