Jewellery Quarter consultancy firm renews partnership with local charity for families of premature babies

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Oaks Consultancy celebrate renewing charity partnership year with Noah’s Star by hosting quiz night fundraiser

Oaks Consultancy, based in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, announced they will be renewing their charity partnership with local charity Noah’s Star. Building on a successful relationship throughout 2019, the team will continue to provide the charity with in-kind strategic business expertise, fundraising support, volunteering and awareness-raising events. The two organisations celebrated by hosting an interactive quiz night fundraiser with local businesses competing to win prizes and the prestige of being crowned Birmingham’s best quizmasters.

Oaks Consultancy, who specialise in business expertise for socially minded organisations, chose to support Noah’s Star at the beginning of 2019 and have remained committed to providing valuable time and resource to help the charity grow its outreach and impact. Noah’s Star provides a safe and fun place for siblings of sick and premature babies to play, as well as reassurance to parents, enabling them to spend time with their new-born. Noah’s Star runs a sibling support group at Birmingham Women’s Hospital, providing an area for children to play whilst their parents spend time with their poorly baby.

Throughout 2019 Oaks Consultancy have volunteered at Stay and Play sessions, provided £6,000 worth of in-kind business support, secured a £10,000 grant and fundraised £1,800. The Charity Quiz Night in March at Birmingham Malmaison invited local businesses to enter teams to play for prizes, with all ticket sales donated directly to the charity, and ran a raffle. Nearly £800 was fundraised in total on the night. It also increased the charity’s profile in Birmingham’s professional sector.

Luke Southall, Managing Director at Oaks says:

Jo-Anne and the team at Noah’s Star are incredible. This is a cause and organisation like no other: enabling parents to spend quality time with their ill or premature babies without having to worry about their other children and stresses, and we are committed to doing everything and anything we can to help. Our team have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the work, volunteering their time and ultimately using our core expertise to help the organisation grow so that more parents and children can benefit from their support. We would strongly encourage other organisations to get involved and support where they can.

Highlights of the partnership to date have included:

  • Oaks securing new grants for Noah’s Star to grow their vital work.
  • Oaks supporting Noah’s Star to register with the Charity Commission for charitable status.
  • Team Oaks completing the 2019 Wolf Run, raising over £1,000
  • Oaks volunteering at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital and at Stay and Play groups at Revolution Gymnastics Club.
  • Oaks donating a large collection of wine, chocolates and toiletries made into Christmas gifts for Noah’s Star’s volunteer.
  • Noah’s Star delivering workshops on children’s mental health and safeguarding adults at the Oaks office for local healthcare professionals and care workers.

The partnership for 2020 will include Oaks providing business and fundraising support for Noah’s Star expansion of services and reach across Midlands Hospitals, and new fundraising challenges.

Oaks Consultancy provide business planning and income generation support for several of the nation’s leading Sport for Development charities including Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, the West Ham United Foundation, the Tennis Foundation, and many other award-winning interventions using sport as a tool for social change.

Noah’s Star provides a safe and fun place for siblings of sick and premature babies to play, as well as reassurance to parents, allowing them to spend the time required with their newborn. In addition to the free sibling support service, Noah’s Star volunteers provide support to parents in the form of a person to talk to, or simply bring a cup of tea to those unable to leave their baby.

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