The Community Matters Partnership Project (CMPP) is a self-funded project that enables local businesses to support key social issues of their local communities.
The organisational running costs are covered by Partners fees, this means that every single penny raised goes straight back into the heart of the community; CMPP will always exist as long as there are socially responsible local businesses wanting to collaborate to make a difference.
We believe that it is important to work together to tackle social priorities. Why? Because, quite simply, every one is better off if we do.
CMPP has over the years funded a range of projects and supported numerous programmes to help reduce youth unemployment to the lowest it has been for a long time. Economically and socially this is great news.
2011 - The Birth of CMP
Originally, the CMP Project began life in 2011 as a social enterprise partly in response to the 'Big Society Agenda' alongside a strong desire to support the local community in a time of recession. To start, it comprised a small group of committed local businesses working together in a myriad of ways to make a lasting difference to the communities.
In the first year, the group elected to concentrate energies on addressing a major local social priority then: the homeless adult population in the Borough and over the course of the next two years, CMP supported the growth, expansion, sustainability and development of The Vine Day Centre in Aldershot.
Within this first year, CMPP won numerous awards including shortlisted for the Big-Society Award, Social Vision Award and Tracy Jarvis (founder of CMP) BBC Social Entrepreneur Award.
2013 - The Expanded Alliance of CMPP
In later years, CMP as a social enterprise was wound up and replaced by a new expanded alliance. CMP partners themselves took on the independent responsibility for funding and managing future development and hence CMPP (with the extra P) was born.
Having worked closely with The Vine Day Centre between 2011-2013, leaving the organisation immeasurably better equipped to operate in the future. Partners then turned their attention towards a further emerging local need: to raise aspirations and encourage progression in local young people, and for a further two years, the Project therefore focussed its support on local charity Creating Futures.
2015 - Raising Aspirations & Employee Volunteering
Both schemes are driven by the needs of the local community to which we, as a business network, respond. CMPP Partners and the hub, organise a plethora of fundraising activities and events to support the growth and development of both the YAF and GAG Days.
2018 - A sustainable, Lasting Model of business to community engagement
The CMPP Steering Group will continue to monitor and respond to the needs of the community whilst encouraging other like-minded organisations to get involved, help raise money for community projects, volunteer skills, time, expertise and resource as needed by our local people.
This year (2018), for the first time ever, we are working with other local Boroughs to replicate the CMPP concept of striving towards stronger, more able, connected communities.
CMPP Partners gather at Farnborough Business Park to talk about working together to raise money for the Youth Aspirations Fund.