New Head of Fundraising

Karen Greatbatch has been appointed Fundraising and Communications Manager

Karen Greatbatch has been appointed Fundraising and Communications Manager.

Karen comes to The Children's Centre from the Isle of Man College of Further and Higher Education where she was Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Business Studies and the new BA (Hons) Event Management and Marketing. Prior to this she worked at the Isle of Man Government Department of Home Affairs where she was responsible for setting up a number of statutory bodies. In addition she has been heavily involved in IT development and business continuity planning within the airline industry, and brings wide experience in the understanding of an organisation's needs, and how to meet its specific requirements.

"The Children's Centre reaches around 40% of the Island's children in one way or another, and needs nearly £40,000 a month just to run our Charitable Services," says Karen. "My role is to develop and extend our revenue streams, making sure we can plan our services in advance, confident that the funds aren't going to suddenly dry up."

It's a challenge Karen is ideally suited to meet. "The Children's Centre has always been grateful for the goodwill and the almost legendary generosity of the Manx public and my job is not to exploit this goodwill, but to broaden and deepen the range of fundraising opportunities into areas we've only touched on before," says Karen. "The aim is to create a sustainable, regular income to enable us to extend and add to the services we already provide."

"I'm thrilled to be working here," says Karen. "The Children's Centre is so well known, but many people probably aren't aware of how much it costs and how many of our services wouldn't exist without charitable fundraising. Yes, it's a challenge, but one that I'm looking forward to meeting head-on!"

How can you help?

There are many ways you can support our work.

  • £3,000 per day to run our charitable programmes
  • £7 benefit for every £1 spent on Thriving families programme
  • 40% of local children and young people engaged in our services
  • 16 groups of all ages hosted at the Farm each week