How to help

Frome’s Missing Links has become a real community project and with community support it will happen.

Become a supporter and a member

We count everybody who signs up as a supporter. However, we would like as many as possible to become members of the charity. Members of a charity hold the trustees to account and can vote at the meetings. Under our constitution they have no liability of things go wrong.

Donors are impressed by the number of supporters and even more by the number of members. It gives them confidence not only of the local enthusiasm and need for the project but also there will be scrutiny of expenditure.

If you have not already done so and just want to be a supporter, please sign up here.

Membership is open to any individual who supports our aims. All you need to do is sign up to become a member here. You will automatically be a supporter as well. You will receive an annual invitation to renew with the AGM notice. If the members agree we intend to hold virtual meetings on line so you can vote on resolutions by email.

There is no membership fee. Comparable organisations may ask for fees of £10 and upwards per year but we prefer to ask members to donate what they can and in a way that suits them.

if you are a tax payer, for us to claim gift aid that increases the value of your donation by 25% we need to know your full name and address. By signifying you wish this and all future donations to be gift aided this only needs to be done once.

You can donate either in a lump sum or by standing order. A monthly standing should not impact on your monthly budget and helps us to plan, and a regular income gives donors confidence that the project will be completed.

Donations can be made on our donations page via PayPal or credit/debit card. Standing orders would need to be set up with your online banking service. If you do want to do this please let us know by contacting us here.

Donations from companies are of course very welcome in cash or kind. We would like to acknowledge these contributions.

It seems we will need to raise a higher percentage of the funding than we anticipated so without donations we will be unable to make progress.

We will, of course, follow up any possibility of external funding.

Fundraising

We have a fundraising group who would welcome ideas and contributions to organising schemes and events to raise funds within the community and more widely. If you think you might be able to help please contact us.

Practical help

We need all sorts of skills and types of help from the basic cutting down vegetation, building embankments and laying stone. Where a mass clearance is needed we hold one day “chain gangs”.

We also have a group that works one day a week on construction. It would be good to establish groups to work on other days too.

To enquire about chain gangs or our weekly groups please contact us.

We will need help transporting materials, fencing, and access to construction equipment. We would like to hear from and individual or company that may be able to help. Knowledge of what help may be forthcoming helps us to plan.

Professional skills are needed in engineering design, cartography, land negotiation, publicity. We may need help with planning and legal issues if we find Sustrans are no longer able to help. We have been fortunate to find volunteer help with project engineering and website design, but further offers of help are always welcome.

We are always receptive to new ideas to complete and enhance the project. However, after years of working on it many ideas have already been explored. Volunteers are already busy so do not be surprised if it is suggested you should pursue your idea. For example, there are opportunities to improve the ecology of land adjacent to the path. If you would like to lead and organise volunteers for this, please contact us.

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